Venetian blinds are a wonderful invention for windows. They help to keep out the sun and minimize the fading effect that the suns harsh rays has on furniture, carpets, rugs and curtains. They allow you to control the light to each room while still allowing the breeze to keep the house nice and cool. They come in a great range of colours and styles and can be custom made to your measurements. Once you have installed them, you only need to maintain them and keep them clean. There are a few different methods that you can use to clean them.
Using the bath tub is one such method that can be used by placing your blinds in the tub and filling just over the venetian blinds. Add vinegar or a soapy type detergent such as dish washing liquid, this will help to soak the dust and grime from the blades and make it easier to clean. Using a soft cloth, gently wipe over the blades to get rid of any excess grime to get nice clean blinds once again.
Another good method is to get an old rag or sock as these are easier to slip between the blades. You can use a soapy solution or vinegar and water solution to clean the blades, Windex is also good for cleaning them. These two methods work great for vinyl, plastic or metal blinds, if you have wooden blinds then you need to read the care instructions that came with them.
To avoid rust forming on your venetian blinds, always make sure that you dry them properly. You also need to avoid getting any grime on the ropes or any fabric areas as the grime may stain these areas. Pay particular attention when cleaning around these areas to avoid staining them.
With timber blinds, you can’t just put them in the bathtub. Being that they are timber, they soak up the water which would ruin them. Cleaning these with a damp clothe is all they really require, even so you will still need to dry them properly. You can use soapy water for tougher grime, just make sure your clothe has been properly squeezed out so that it is not dripping excess water onto the timber. After you have wiped them over with a damp clothe, wipe them with a dry tea towel to dry them.