Cleaning of roller blinds
It is important to check the cleaning directions for your person blind before you get started. As with clothing, roller blinds typically have a small tag that details the instructions for cleaning. If you do not have this blind, you can need to use your best judgment, decide what your blind is made of, and then investigate how to clean this type of material.
If your blind is made of PVC, plastic or vinyl, it may be able to withstand water and clean chemicals, while it may take more care if it is made of another material. If the blind can’t be washed then it’ll just need to be cleaned spot to avoid visible stains and we wouldn’t suggest taking the following advice. If you can wash your blind then the below strategies are relatively simple and easy to follow.
Occasionally, usually every 6-12 months, you may want to give your blind a more thorough clean. This is because spot cleaning a blind will only clean the fabric, and there are other parts to the blind, including the head rail and cord mechanism, which will attract dust, dirt, and grime too. To do this you will need to remove the blind from its brackets, take it down and go through the following steps.
Any metal elements may rust or seize up if they become wet, plus sometimes the fabric is wound around cardboard tubes. So before, proceeding you will need to remove the fabric from the mechanism and surrounding rails.
Once the blind is loose from the bracket and bars, open it entirely and lay it flat on a clean floor afterward. To dislodge any bits of dirt, dust or dead insects, add a brush attachment to your vacuum and clean the blind. When you have done you will turn the blind over and repeat this cycle with the blind back. Alternatively, if you don’t have a brush attachment you could use a microfiber cloth (which will prevent dust from collecting) or go for an old sock’s DIY option.
You’ll then have to apply warm water to your bath until it’s half full. Apply paste or liquid to the next water for drying, and if the blind is white you may also choose to apply a cap full of bleach. Then you can submerge your blind into the shower, enabling them to soak up for a few hours. It is a good time to clean the head rail and the bottom rail while you wait. You shouldn’t get these wet as mentioned above but you can dust with a duster or lint free cloth between small crevices.
You may also want to use this opportunity to oil any moving metal parts-this will ensure that they will run much longer smoothly. For this, WD40 is suitable and will only spray onto any moving cogs etc. You should return to your blind fabric after two hours and give it a gentle cleaning to ensure that loose dirt has been removed and is not congealed on the blind.
The soapy water can then be drained from the tub and replaced with clean water. It is done to ensure that the blind does not have detergent stains, because if it is not fully cleaned until drying, then it will leave smears or stains on the blind. Repeat this process several times, if necessary, until the suds are fully removed. Then you’re able to remove the blind from the bath and put it on a drying rack until it’s fully dry. You may want to use a lint-free cloth before hanging out to dry to remove excess water, this will save you from dripping water throughout the house while moving the wet blind.
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