Cleaning roller blinds might be an unlikely item on your spring-cleaning checklist, but like every other household article, they do accumulate quite a lot of dust. General household dust, micro-fibers from the carpet, pet-hair, tiny food particles, and much more find their way to the blinds over time.
Even if the dust is not visible, the tiny particles can fill up the pores in the roller blind fabric, giving it a faded look. For people with allergies, the dust gathered on roller blinds can be a major source of concern. So it is a good practice to give them a good washing once in a while.
The good news is that roller blinds are very easy to clean. However, before we get into the details of how easy it is to get them bright and shiny again, let’s first take a look at what roller blinds are and how they function.
What are Roller Blinds?
Roller blinds are one of the most versatile and practical solutions that completely transforms the look of the room. Roller blinds come in a multitude of materials and patterns. Roller blinds can be customized by selecting from a wide range of functionalities, like a blackout, heat resistance, moisture resistance, UV protection, noise reduction features, and many more. In addition to the material, roller blinds come in a wide range of color, design and texture, making it one of the most popular choices among homeowners
Roller blinds are made of a single piece of fabric rolled around a casing that fits within or outside the recess of the window. The roller blind is attached to a pull cord, either at the bottom or on the side, which is used to pull the blind up and down.
How to Wash Roller Blinds
First and foremost, you need to pull the blind out to its full length so that you can access the whole fabric. If you just clean the part that is exposed to the view, the blind might become discolored over time. So, it is advisable to wash the whole swathe at the same time.
Your job will be much easier if you vacuum clean your blinds first. If the dust accumulated is loose and thin, you can use the brush attachment of your vacuum to clean them.
Plugin the vacuum, attach the brush tool and start cleaning from the top. Move the brush from left to right and steadily work your way to the bottom. Use the slow power mode of the vacuum, or you might damage the fabric.
Even when you are planning to use other methods to clean your roller blinds, giving them a quick clean with the vacuum brush is a good idea. This makes the rest of the cleaning job much quicker.
As always, before starting any cleaning method, make sure to check with your manufacturer or blind retailer to see what they recommend as not all fabrics can withstand the same treatments.
Method 1: Wiping Clean
To wipe clean your blinds, the first thing you need is a mild solution. You can mix one part of any dishwashing liquid of your choice with four parts of water. Avoid using anything with bleach in it as that might discolor the fabric.
Soap up a dishtowel or sponge in the soapy water and use a back and forth motion to wipe down your blind. Start from the top and move from one side to another in one smooth motion. Continue till you reach the bottom. If you find a stubborn patch, give it a bit of a scrub.
This method works well with most kinds of roller blind materials. Leave the blinds fully extended until they are completely dried.
Method 2: Steam Cleaning
You can also steam clean your blinds, but it can be tricky the first time you try it. You can do a small test on a less visible part of your blind for your first try. Keep the following things in mind if this is your first steam-cleaning project.
• Wait for your vacuum to activate. This might take anything between 8-10 minutes, depending on the manufacturer.
• Please make sure you have read the instructions provided by the manufacturer carefully
• Use the brush attachment
• Clean a tiny patch to see how it goes
• Adjust the heat and see if the blinds are reacting to the heat
• If the blinds start to wrinkle or lose color, stop immediately
• If that goes without a hitch, you can go ahead and clean the rest
• Start from one end and move to the opposite end in a clear sweeping motion.
• Continue till you reach the end
• Repeat on the other side
As steam cleaners use heat, do not linger at one place for long.
Method 3: Washing Roller Blinds in the Tub
If none of the above-mentioned methods work, try dipping it in the tub. To go down this route, you need to detach the blinds from the rollers. Better do this on a school day to avoid disrupting the family routine. The whole process may take up to 4 hours.
Fill up the tub with lukewarm water and add mild dishwashing detergent, around 2-3 tablespoon, into it. As mentioned earlier, do not use any cleaning product that has bleach in it. Put the fully extended blind in and leave them to soak for around 2-3 hours. As the whole length might not fit in, you might need to layer the blind accordion-style. The whole body of the blind should be submerged in the soapy water.
After the soak, give your blinds a gentle brush-down with a soft-bristled brush. Start from one end and gently move from left to right, until you reach the bottom. Repeat the same process on the other side.
After the scrub, drain out the dirty water and refill the tub. Give the blinds a thorough clean in the clear water. You can also use the shower sprayer for this. After the clean, leave the blinds on curtain rails or clothing line to dry out. It will dry fairly quickly. Just check if they are completely dry before reattaching them back on their rollers.
Your choice of method will depend on how frequently you clean your blinds. But all that hard work will pay off when you see your blinds looking all bright and sparkly, feeling just as good as new.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damage caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.