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Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.



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Vertical Blinds - Easy Cleaning Tips

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Vertical blinds make a good choice of window dressing alternative to curtains.  You can still cut out light altogether if you want to, or you can tilt the blinds to allow natural light in, whilst excluding glare on very sunny days.  Vertical blinds are also easier to clean than curtains, providing another advantage.  Here are some tips on how to easily clean your vertical blinds.

Cleaning routine

It's a good idea to clean vertical blinds every couple of weeks, depending on their location in your home.  For example, blinds situated in a room that's used often by people and pets are more likely to accumulate dust and pet dander than blinds in your guest bedroom, which may need less frequent attention.

Choose a bright, sunny day for cleaning blinds.  The sunlight helps to highlight accumulations of dust and grime, making it much easier to focus on problem areas.

It's not necessary to unclip the blind slats from the rail before you clean them.  This risks damaging the slats and can be unnecessarily time-consuming.  All you need to do is to close the blind completely, setting it so that the slats are completely flat.

Stuff you'll need

  1. vacuum cleaner with hose upholstery cleaning attachment
  2. clean sponge
  3. mild, liquid soap
  4. paper towels
  5. fabric freshener

How to clean your vertical blinds

Step 1

The first thing to do is to get rid of any surface dust from the blinds.  The quickest and most effective way of doing this is by vacuuming each slat from the top down using the upholstery cleaning attachment.  Once you've finished one side of the blinds, reverse the tilt and vacuum the other side.

Step 2

Once the dust has gone, you can move on to removing any stains, such as fly spotting or finger marks.  Simply make up a solution of mild liquid soap and water, and use it to wipe down the blinds with a clean sponge.  Don't have the sponge too wet as you don't want to completely saturate the blinds; soak it and then squeeze out excess water.

If the blinds are coloured, test a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that the dye doesn't run.  If you are in any doubt that the fabric is colourfast, have the blinds cleaned professionally.

Step 3

Finally, you'll need to dry the blinds so that you don't leave water marks on the fabric.  The easiest way to do this is by using paper towel to blot the slats dry.  Tilt the slats so that air can circulate freely between them, and open the windows in the room to allow for air circulation.

To add a delightful fresh fragrance to your room, simply give the blinds a light misting with a fabric freshening spray.

You can keep your vertical blinds looking fresh and fabulous by cleaning them regularly, following the guidelines given above.