Window treatment maintenance is one of the most laborious household chores that we always put off in our seasonal cleaning routine. Curtains and drapes are heavy, and even much heavier when they are still wet. Despite re-hanging damp curtains can make your room cooler during the long hot summer, the process itself of washing and ironing makes us feel dog-tired all the time.
Though cleaning drapes or curtains can be a hassle, the cleaning process of vertical panel blinds is much more straightforward instead. Vertical panel blinds are a popular and versatile window covering option that is likely to remain in trend for the foreseeable future. Most importantly, they are much easier to clean compared to vertical venetian blinds with numerous slats.
We totally understand how important it is to maintain the appearance of your vertical blinds, and we are here to make the blinds maintenance easier!
What to Know Before Cleaning Panel Blinds
Cleaning panel blinds is an effective way to maintain the appearance and prolong their lifespan. It can be easy if you use the right tools and techniques. However, there are several things you should consider before cleaning the blinds to ensure you do not damage them or create additional problems. Read on for a few important considerations and clean your blinds properly.
Identify the Material of Blinds
First, check which materials they are made of before you start cleaning. Blinds can be made from various materials. Different materials may require different cleaning methods. For example, paper blinds may need to be dusted, vacuumed, or cleaned with a damp cloth, while wooden blinds may need to be dusted or cleaned with a specialized wood cleaner.
Condition of the Blinds
Window treatments are a daily-use home accessory in our homes. They are frequently opened and closed in a day and may increase wear and tear inevitably. Cleaning older or more fragile blinds require extra care to prevent irreversible damage. It's always important to check if there is any loss before cleaning these kinds of blinds. Attempting to clean the damaged blinds may cause further damage.
Cleaning Tools and Solutions
Make sure you have the appropriate cleaning tools and solutions on hand before you start cleaning your blinds. For example, some blinds may be damaged by certain cleaning solutions, while some requiring specialized cleaning solutions or tools. Always check the instructions or your window treatment specialist before you begin.
How Often Should You Clean Window Blinds
Regular cleaning not only helps your blinds look their best but also extends their lifespan. If you're wondering how often to clean your window blinds, the answer depends on various factors. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Clean your blinds at least once every 2-3 weeks to prevent the buildup of dust and dirt if you live in a dusty environment.
- If you live in a non-dusty environment, you can clean the blinds once every few months.
- If you or your families have allergies, cleaning your blinds at least once a week can minimize the accumulation of dust and allergens.
- If you have pets, vacuum your blinds once a week to remove pet hair and dander.
How to Clean Adjustable Sliding Panel Blinds
Panel blinds are known to be durable and low-maintenance. However, GoDear Design blinds that are mostly made of paper are still a bit delicate and not as durable as other types of fabric blinds. They are not allowed to be washed by using laundry detergent or cleaned by wet towel. While cleaning paper blinds, you should handle them with care to prevent permanent damage.
Here’s the ultimate guide on how to clean cordless paper panel blinds and what you’ll need to prepare:
- Cleaning duster or dusting gloves
- Vacuum with soft dusting brush attachment
- Dry cloth
- Damp cloth
Clean Blinds with Duster
Dusting frequently is the most effortless way to prevent the buildup of dust and dirt. You can simply use a cleaning feather duster, soft-bristled brush, or dusting gloves to whisk away dirt and loose dust on the blinds. Be careful not to press too hard when using the soft-bristled brush, or the pleats and the protective coating on the fabrics may cause visible damage gradually.
Vacuum Blinds with Brush Attachment
Choosing the right vacuum cleaner to clean paper blinds is your priority must if you want to get the most effective clean. When cleaning with a vacuum cleaner, always using the brush attachment to remove any dust or pet hair that may be stuck in the blinds' pleats or crevices.
Cordless handheld vacuums are lightweight, easy to lift, and convenient to clean the vertical blinds. If your vacuum is too heavy to pick up, you can use canister vacuums instead, or remove the panel blinds from the sliding rails carefully and lay the panels on a flat surface before vacuuming.
Dry Cloth for Daily Maintenance
Cleaning paper blinds with a dry cloth is a quick and easy way if you are too lazy to dust or vacuum each panel. Wiping the visible dirt with a clean dry cloth from time to time can keep your blinds free of dust and other debris. For stubborn stains, try gently rubbing the affected area with the dry cloth.
Spot Clean Stains with Damp Cloth
If you notice any fresh stains or marks on the panel blinds, don’t panic! The spot cleaning must be done correctly and immediately, otherwise they will become more stubborn.
First, blot up the stains to remove excess liquid. Be sure to blot gently to avoid spreading the stains. Then lightly spot clean the stains if they are still obvious. Remember, spot cleaning the paper fabric gently and carefully can avoid damaging the protective coating on the textiles. Be sure not to use too much water, as this can cause the paper fabric to become warped or torn.
When the material of the panels consists of 95% (or above) Poly or jute, you may spot clean them with wet towel. Remember to blot the area dry as soon as possible after cleaning. If the stains are old and deep, then means the condition of the panels is not as good as when you initially bought them. We will suggest you swap the panels.
Window treatments are known as the hard-to-clean home accessories and have been ignored during the seasonal swap all the time. By following above cleaning tips, your blinds can keep looking clean and fresh. Regular cleaning will also help to extend the life of your blinds.