How To Keep Your Blinds & Curtains Clean

 In Curtains and Blinds

Are you guilty of neglecting your blinds and curtains during your annual spring clean? Do you even know why you should clean your blinds, or how to keep them in their glistening, pristine prime? We’ll answer all your questions and more, so keep reading.

Why Should I Keep My Blinds & Curtains Clean?

So, why should you invest effort into cleaning your blinds and curtains? Believe or not, there are a few unpleasant repercussions that result from neglect. Your blinds and curtains sit stagnant most days, so they’re a magnet for dust, dirt, and dander. While it might not seem harmful now, overtime it’ll build up and have a detrimental effect on the lifespan on your product. Its aesthetic value will diminish, but it could also mean you have to fork out for a replacement sooner than anticipated. It’s also bad news for allergy sufferers – because they retain so much dust and dander, you’ll find your allergies flagging more than usual.

Neglected curtains and blinds will also retain any unpleasant smells they’re exposed to, which is especially true for fabric curtains. Spraying them periodically with an air freshener isn’t going to do much in the long run; it’ll only mask the scent. If you’ve noticed a stale, acrid odour in your home, your curtains could be culprit. Generally, it’s a good idea to dust your blinds and wash your curtains every few months to keep them dust and odour free. It’s a relatively low-effort job, but one that could drastically improve the cleanliness (and assorted smells) of your household. Who wouldn’t want that?

Maintaining Your Blinds

Thankfully, keeping your blinds clean involves minimal effort on your part. First, it’s useful to identify what type of blind you have. For example, plastic blinds can be soaked in soapy water if they’ve endured heavy staining, but wooden blinds can’t endure that level of moisture. Instead, they should be wiped and then vacuumed, if possible. The position of the slats should also be considered, Vertical and roller blinds are easy to wipe down, so a thorough dusting once a week will do wonders. However, skylight, blackout and wooden blinds may pose a greater challenge. Avoid using excessive water and prioritise keeping the blinds and slats dust-free.

A micro-fibre cloth will do an excellent job of removing dust and debris. If you need to remove stubborn stains, a solution of lukewarm water and a mild soap should do the trick. Be sure to pat them down dry after, however; especially if they’re wooden. This will stop the wood from warping and sustaining superficial damage.

Cleaning Your Curtains

Curtains involve more effort, but the end result is always worth it. The important thing is to follow the manufacturer’s guidance before attempting to clean them yourself. Some curtains can be steamed, while others can’t. To effectively stave off stains and foul odours, a combination of steaming, washing and vacuuming is ideal, but always check the label first.

This is especially true depending on the material of your curtains. For example, linen and cotton are usually safe to be washed, but other fabrics such as velvet and silk will probably require specialist cleaning or another method. Again, always refer to the manufacturer’s advice. The last thing you want to do is cause irreparable damage to your curtains.

Shop For Blinds & Curtains Today With Direct Carpets

For high-quality curtains and blinds at affordable prices, contact Direct Carpets today or visit our showroom in Torquay. We take pride in the quality of our products and guarantee you’ll find something you love. Get in touch today!

Shop For Blinds & Curtains Today With Direct Carpets

For high-quality curtains and blinds at affordable prices, contact Direct Carpets today or visit our showroom in Torquay. We take pride in the quality of our products and guarantee you’ll find something you love. Get in touch today!

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