How to Clean Stains off Fabric Blinds
Whether it was a renegade drink on the window sill or general buildup of dust and dirt, stains on fabric blinds are, unfortunately, more common than we’d care to admit. Luckily though, cleaning them is a fairly straightforward task. Let’s take a look.
What style of blinds are you cleaning?
There are a variety of different styles of fabric blinds, so it makes sense to first look at what you have, as this might impact how you clean it. For example, if you have vertical blinds, you will be able to remove each slat for a more thorough clean. Roller blinds, on the other hand, don’t have this benefit. Acknowledging this, we’ll be showing you how to clean both styles.
The easiest way to clean roller blinds
You don’t need a specialist roller blind cleaner to remove dirt from your roller blinds – the process is actually quite simple. Firstly, get your vacuum cleaner and fit the upholstery attachment to it (for the uninitiated, this is the attachment that has a bristly head). Once you’ve done this, gently vacuum your roller blind once it’s fully extended to remove dust and dirt.
If you want to do a more thorough clean, take a clean, damp cloth and wipe in a downward motion from top to bottom. And for the most stubborn stains, you can try a fabric stain removal product. When using such products, always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer, and remember: you can always use more, so start with less.
After you’ve removed the stain, you may notice that the affected area is a little lighter than the rest of the fabric. Don’t worry, this is normal, the colour of the blind will return to something more uniform eventually.
Finally, once you’ve finished cleaning your roller blind, be sure to leave the blind extended until it’s fully dry, this will help combat mould buildup.
The easiest way to clean vertical blinds
As we mentioned earlier, you can clean your vertical blinds more easily by removing them first, which is a bonus. However, if you’re looking to do a more basic clean, you can follow the steps above by attaching the upholstery tool to your vacuum cleaner and removing dust and dirt while the slats are still attached.
For a more thorough clean, you will want to remove each slat individually and place them somewhere you don’t mind getting wet. The easiest way to do this, given the length of the slats, is to place them in your bathtub. Make sure the water you use isn’t too hot though, as this could actually melt the adhesive which keeps the weights at the bottom of each slat attached to the fabric.
Once the slats have been carefully placed in the bathtub, you can take a clean, damp cloth and gently run it along each slat, this will help you remove more stubborn stains. Be careful to avoid more vigorous scrubbing as this can cause threads and scuffs.
When you have finally cleaned each slat to your liking, you can give them a rinse in luke-warm water and dab any excess with a towel. Once removed, hang each panel out to dry before putting them back on their rail.
Want to learn more about cleaning your blinds? Fraser James Blinds would be happy to answer any questions you might have, and are perfectly situated to offer high quality blinds throughout Leicester, Coventry and Northampton. For more information, give us a call today.