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The dream clean: how to perfectly clean your aluminum venetian blinds

People spend plenty of time cleaning their homes. They clean the kitchen, the bathroom; they sweep, mop and vacuum. But, unfortunately, many of us forget to clean our blinds.

We don’t quite realise it, but grime and dust have a sneaky way of quickly accumulating on venetian blinds, and this can make them harder to clean when we finally remember to do it!

It really doesn’t take much to clean venetian blinds, but it is something that has to be done along with other cleaning jobs.

If you’ve been thinking about how to clean your blinds in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne or beyond, here is exactly how you can…

If you’re making light work of it

It’s not our favourite task, but venetian blinds require occasional dusting as they are susceptible to gathering dust over time. The occasional dusting will save time and effort when you have to give them a really good cleaning, so doing it once every couple of weeks is a good place to maintain your venetians’ cleanliness.

To remove that unwanted dust from your venetians, all you need is a feather duster and a cloth. Move across each panel, ensuring that you remove as much as dust as you possibly can. You should always be sure to wipe down the handles and strings.

If it’s time for a deep clean

If your blinds have become stained or appear to have taken on an increased buildup of grime, it’s time for a deep clean.

To deep clean, follow this simple method:

  1. Mix one half vinegar and one half cleaning solution in a bowl.
  2. Grab an old, clean cloth and wrap it around your hand before dipping it in the cleaning solution.
  3. Using the cloth like a glove, lightly grip each side of each blind panel whilst moving across them.

Remember, this remedy is only for aluminium venetian blinds; attempting to clean wooden blinds in this manner may damage or distort their wood. Instead, be sure to provide them with a light dusting or follow the manufacturer’s advice on cleaning wooden venetians properly.

Deep cleaning slatted blinds

You will most likely have to remove your slatted venetians from their fixtures. This is fine, and your manufacturer will provide you with advice for doing it correctly.

To deep clean your slatted aluminium blinds, simply do the following:

  1. Remove the blinds from their fixtures before placing them in the bottom of your bathtub. Be sure to lay a towel under the blinds so that they don’t scratch the bath itself.
  2. Fill the bathtub with warm water, ensuring the blinds are fully soaked.
  3. Add a cleaning solution like washing-up liquid.
  4. Allow the blinds to soak for some time (half an hour to a few hours works well), depending on how much dirt and grime they have accumulated.
  5. You may need to utilise a soft cleaning brush to remove extra dirt and grime.
  6. Rinse the venetian blinds with cold shower water until all the cleaning solution has been removed.
  7. Ensure your blinds have fully dried before placing them back on their fixtures. If they are still wet when replaced they will be susceptible to growing mould, so this step is very important.
  8. Place the blinds back on their fixtures.

You only have to conduct a serious deep clean of your blinds once or twice a year at most. It’s the simple fact that blinds, like other household objects, need a proper cleaning to do the job a lighter clean cannot – it’s not too much of a hassle, and it’s awesome when you see how bright and vibrant they come out!

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