Have you chosen to dress up your windows with roller blinds rather than curtains or drapes? No doubt, you are a proud homeowner who loves to show off your window coverings to your guests! Yes, such is the popularity of roller blinds – they present a beautiful style and enhance the aesthetics of your interiors.
Roller blinds are not only stylish but also functional and easy to maintain. They improve light control, heat control, privacy control, insulation properties, and more. As far as maintenance is concerned, they are easy to clean and maintain. If you have installed roller blinds for the first time and are wondering how to clean and maintain them for long-term use, this handy guide can help you through so that the blinds always look sparkling clean and pristine.
How Often Should You Clean Roller Blinds?
Your roller blinds will collect a significant amount of dust over time. The recommended frequency for cleaning them is at least once in a fortnight. This helps in getting rid of any dust or dirt and prevents build-up of grime or stubborn stains. If you clean the blinds regularly, you can ensure that they always look their best.
You can use a duster or a microfibre cloth and wipe to get rid of dust from the surface of the roller blinds’ slats.
If you have a vacuum cleaner, it is more effective at clearing the dust build-up. Roll down the blinds so that the fabric is flat and use the upholstery brush of your vacuum cleaner from top to bottom to wipe them clean. Similarly, clean the backside of the blinds as well.
Stubborn Stain Removal
If there is grime build-up, you may have to work on an additional step after vacuuming. Take a damp cloth and wipe the blinds clean. In places where there is grime build-up and stubborn stains, dip the cloth in a solution of laundry detergent and vinegar for wiping. Wipe again with a clean damp cloth. Allow the blinds to air dry before rolling up the slats so that there is no mould build-up.
Mould thrives in warm and damp environments. So, it is likely a problem if you have installed roller blinds in your bathroom or wet area of your kitchen. Mould can also grow if the blinds get wet due to continuous condensation on your windows. Wood blinds also pose the risk of mould growth.
The best way to avoid this kind of build-up is to ensure that the blinds dry out each time they get wet. You can even use a hairdryer, run a dehumidifier or a fan, or leave the windows open to speed up the drying process.
In the worst case of a mould build-up, here is how you can remove them. You can use a mixture of lemon juice and white vinegar to kill the mould spores and get rid of the stains. You can also consider using a cleaning agent that specifically targets moulds and is safe to use on your blind material. The last option is to get it removed by taking it to a dry cleaner.
Cleaning the Mechanism
Maintaining roller blinds is not just about keeping the blinds looking sparkling clean. You need to maintain the mechanical components (such as the sidewinding mechanism) as well.
You can use a silicone spray to maintain the operating chain clean and get rid of any stiffness or resistance. In the process, do follow the manufacturer instructions. Ensure that you don’t spray anything on the fabric as this could cause discolouration.
If your roller blinds are operated using a plastic cord or chain, you can clean it using soapy warm water. However, if it is made of brass or steel, avoid water usage as this can lead to decaying or rusting of the material. In such cases, you can simply use a dry soft cloth to clean.
With these cleaning and maintenance tips, you should be able to keep your roller blinds in its best condition. These blinds are practical, versatile and affordable. With the added benefit of being easy to maintain, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t invest in them. Get roller blinds installed at home and give your interiors a new look with the least of maintenance.