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How to clean and maintain your blinds, curtains and shutters

Blinds, curtains, and shutters not only add style and personality to your living space but also serve practical purposes like controlling light, ensuring privacy, and regulating indoor temperatures.

Yet, despite their essential role, these fixtures often find themselves overlooked when it comes to regular maintenance. Over time, dust, grime, and daily wear-and-tear can diminish their appeal and compromise their functionality. Just like many other household items, your window coverings require regular cleaning to keep them looking fresh. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you maintain them. 

Blinds

Venetian blinds

  • Dusting: Start by closing the blinds and dusting them with a soft cloth, microfibre duster, or vacuum cleaner brush attachment. Wipe each slat individually from top to bottom.
  • Deep cleaning: For tougher stains, use a mild solution of water and gentle detergent. Avoid soaking wooden blinds; instead, lightly dampen the cloth to prevent warping. Metal blinds can usually tolerate more moisture.
  • Regular care: Ensure the blinds are completely dry before raising them. Periodically inspect for any damaged or bent slats and replace them promptly.

Vertical blinds

  • Vacuuming: Close the blinds and run a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment along the slats. Pay attention to corners and crevices where dust tends to accumulate.
  • Spot cleaning: For stains, use a gentle soap solution or specialised blind cleaner (check the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning). Be cautious with water to prevent damage, especially for fabric blinds.
  • Maintenance: Check the mechanism regularly to ensure smooth operation. Lubricate the tracks if needed and replace any broken or damaged slats or clips promptly.

Curtains

Fabric curtains

  • Regular shaking: Shake curtains gently to dislodge loose dust. Use a soft-bristled brush or vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment for delicate fabrics.
  • Washing: Follow manufacturer instructions for washing. Some curtains can be machine-washed, while others require dry cleaning. Use a gentle cycle and mild detergent for machine-washable curtains.
  • Drying: Air dry or tumble dry on low heat, if suitable. Avoid over-drying to prevent wrinkles. Iron or steam curtains if necessary, following fabric guidelines.

Sheer curtains

  • Gentle care: Sheer curtains usually require delicate handling. Shake or gently vacuum to remove dust. Hand wash with mild detergent and air dry to maintain their delicate nature.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals: Refrain from using strong detergents or bleach as they can damage sheer fabrics. Test a small area before applying any cleaning solution.

Shutters

Wooden shutters

  • Dusting: Use a soft cloth or a feather duster to remove dust from the louvres. Avoid excessive moisture to prevent warping or damage to the wood.
  • Cleaning solution: Mix a mild solution of water and wood-friendly cleaner. Dampen a cloth or sponge with the solution and gently wipe each slat. Dry immediately with a separate cloth.
  • Inspection: Regularly inspect hinges, louvres, and overall structure for any signs of wear or damage. Tighten loose screws and address any issues promptly.

Vinyl shutters

  • Cleaning: Wipe with a soft, damp cloth or sponge. Mild dish soap can be used for tougher stains. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can scratch the surface.
  • Maintenance: Check the hardware and hinges for smooth operation. Lubricate as needed and replace any damaged parts to ensure optimal functioning.

By following these maintenance tips, you can prolong the lifespan of your blinds, curtains, and shutters while keeping them looking pristine. Regular cleaning not only enhances their appearance but also contributes to a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.

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On each occasion when dealing with the staff I have received excellent service. The sales team have been very knowledgeable regarding the product they are selling.
Your front of house Hayley does her job to perfection and does an excellent job in promoting your brand. John, from a service and a technical side of the business does a great job and is very knowledgeable with the products and procedures. Nothing was too much trouble.
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Kind regards David - Maylands

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Right from the moment of meeting you Ferne, helping pick out the curtains and being patient with the decision making of two girls who can’t make up their mind, to the two men who came to install them. They were amazing, there was no mess left, they were polite and did such a great job at the install.

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Just to say "thank you" to everyone involved in the quoting, measuring, manufacture and instillation of internal shutters. We had a few hiccoughs upstairs but these problems were addressed and resolved. Downstairs went like clockwork.  Manufacturing time was much less and instillation was quick, clean and efficient thanks to Lee and Say who were like a well oiled machine. Great teamwork. Absolutely love the product and due to the efficiencies and the manner in which problems were handled, I would have no hesitation in recommending The Blinds Gallery.

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