We came up with these five tips to help your window blinds last and function longer.
Following these steps will surely make sure that you get the most value from what you have purchased:
1. Feather dusting, Vacuum cleaning, or cleaning with mild/neutral soap
Since it is not recommended to wash blinds the way we wash curtains, using a feather duster or a vacuum cleaner (on a low setting) is the way to go.
Most window blinds become dirty and almost impossible to clean because of the accumulation and hardening of dust, dirt and even stains from things like dead insects.
Cleaning them every now and then is always a good idea.
So how do you remove stains from the fabric of your blinds?
Lukewarm water and neutral or mild soap on a sponge or a clean white cloth usually work.
Dip one part of a clean sponge in a mixture of mild soap and water (preferably lukewarm) then squeeze the sponge to lessen the amount of absorbed liquid. Gently rub it on the area of concern. Rinse the sponge with water to remove the soap mixture.
When you are sure that no soap residue is left on the sponge, use the same wet sponge to wipe or rinse the soap mixture that was left on the surface of the blinds. Let the blinds dry.
One simple tip to avoid building up of dirt on the fabric is to roll the blinds up and down at least once a day.
By doing this, small particles are dusted off. If you do this regularly, we prevent dust and dirt from building up and hardening.
2. Be gentle on the strings
If there is one thing that usually breaks first in a window blind system, it is the string. The common reason: pulling quickly and forcefully.
Being gentle when pulling also prevents damaging the mechanisms and parts that allow the blinds to roll up and down or move to the left or right.
Another tip is to pull the strings while maintaining its vertical alignment with the fabric of the blinds.
Pulling the string while it is tilted in other directions may also damage the string and parts of the “clutch.”
It is also not a good idea to pull the string by force when you feel it is stuck as this may cause more damage to the blinds and even to you. It is best to contact your supplier to have it checked immediately.
To prevent the strings (especially nylon or beads type) from becoming dirty, make sure that your hands are clean and dry before you hold the strings.
3. Don’t forget to close the window
Although you can open the window (or door) while the blinds are rolled down to let some air in, it is highly advisable to close it when it is raining and/or if the wind is strong. The reason for this both the rain and the wind are potential threats to your blinds.
Strong wind may tear the fabric, create creases or pull it off from its roller tube. Parts of the bottom rail may also be damaged when it slams on the wall or glass. Bottom rails are usually made of aluminum so it can break glass and other materials.
Rain, on the other hand, can soak the blinds. This can be a terrible thing specially if the blinds is made of fabric because if left unchecked, the moisture in the fabric may cause molds to develop. Molds can be quite challenging to remove without damaging the fabric of most blinds.
Be also sure that the mosquito screens are properly closed every time the windows are open to prevent insects from entering. Insects can cause stains on the blinds when they are crushed between the fabric while it is rolled. Bodies of dead insects that are stuck on the fabric is not the prettiest sight.
On a final note, it is best to close the windows and doors as often as possible especially if your house or office is near areas that are smoky and dusty like busy or unpaved roads and construction sites.
4. Be aware of sources of dust, smoke and moisture inside your house
Threats to the cleanliness of blinds may also be found inside your house. If you put blinds near the stove or grill, make sure that oil and smoke do not make contact with the fabric of the blinds. This is to avoid the accumulation of oil marks and dirt brought about by smoke from the food you cook. The stains caused by these two are one of the most challenging ones to remove.
Blinds installed in bathrooms are also susceptible to the formation of molds. Make sure that you keep the blinds dry as often as possible. Exposing the blinds to direct sunlight or using electric heating devices like hair dryers (Note: do not iron the fabric of the blinds) may work.
When there are renovations inside the house, make sure that you roll up the blinds and cover it with plastic.
Immediately fix leaky roofs, ceilings, windows and doors because the water or liquid from these leaks leave stains when it makes contact with fabric.
5. Keep an eye on children and pets
Children are naturally playful and curious. Blinds to them may seem like a fun thing to play because it moves when they pull the string. But leaving them unattended may cause damage to the blinds and worse, hurt the kids.
It is a good idea to install a hook where you can hang the string of the blinds. Just make sure that you put the hook high enough that the kids can not reach the string.
Pets can also be a threat to the longevity of your blinds. Dogs may pee on low-lying window blinds while cats may scratch or even tear the fabric when they attempt to pass through a window. Rolling the blinds up to a level that is not reachable by our beloved house companions can prevent these from happening.
Extra vigilance and using prevent measures when children or pets in the house will help to increase the lifespan of your blinds.
So those are our tips so you can make sure the longevity of your window blinds. If you have other ideas to share, feel free to write on the comments section.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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