How to Clean Your Blinds

cleaning window blinds mantecaHaving new window treatments installed in your home can make the entire space feel brand new. Installing new window blinds or shutters is one of the easiest ways to make a room—or even your entire home—feel newly renovated. But your blinds, shutters, or shades can quickly become dirty, and it’s not always easy to get them clean. Here are some tips for how to clean window blinds in Manteca.

Some materials are easier to clean (and to keep clean) than others, and that’s something you should take into consideration when you’re deciding on new window coverings. But with a knowledge of the right methods, you can clean any type of shutters, shades, blinds or draperies and keep them clean without the risk of causing them any damage.

Regular Cleaning

The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure that cleaning your blinds is a regular activity. Waiting to get this done will leave you with a heftier task when you do get around to it. Just like any cleaning task, not letting it “pile up” is always the best thing to do, and regular maintenance is a key part of keeping them in good shape.

  • Use a duster to get rid of any dirt that accumulates on your blinds. Spot clean any grimier stains with a wet cloth. Remember to get the undersides of your home’s blinds as well.
  • For vinyl blinds that have gotten very dirty, it’s not a bad idea to remove them and soak them in soapy water. But that’s only acceptable for vinyl blinds. Wood and fabric can easily be severely damaged if you use too much water.
  • For wood and fabric, use a sponge and warm water to spot clean them, making sure that you dry as you go. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove any excess dirt, dust, or pet dander.

Cleaning Fabric

For any type of fabric window coverings, consult the fabric tag for specific instructions. Different fabrics will react differently to soap, water, and handling.

If you’re just spot cleaning, which should be done regularly, soap and water aren’t likely to cause any problems. But tossing the fabric into a washing machine can be risky, so make sure that it’s safe to do beforehand.

Typically, the fabrics can be dry cleaned, but if you can’t find it on the tag, be sure to check with the dry cleaners before you hand your home’s window treatments over to them.

Other Tips for Maintaining Window Blinds in Manteca

Don’t overlook the fact that the mechanics of your blinds can be damaged beyond when they’re submerged in water. Also avoid any chemical-heavy soaps or harsh detergents when you’re spot cleaning.

If you want your home’s window treatments to continue providing  you with the same pleasures, you’ll have to make sure you’re keeping up with their maintenance. Remember, as well, that our professionals offer window and window treatment cleaning services, so we can help you make sure that your blinds are always in excellent condition.

If you’re looking for tips on how to clean your blinds in Manteca, call Elite Shutters and Shadings at 209-525-1400, or fill out our online request form.