Cleaning Blinds

No matter how clean we keep our homes or office, our blinds and shutters can still get dusty and dirty from dust particles in the air, bugs and insects, or from grubby hands. Many of our Davidson’s blind fabrics are treated with a fabric protector to repel mould, dust and mildew, but all blinds and shutters still require cleaning and maintenance to keep them looking as good as new.

Some people think it can take a lot of time and effort to clean and maintain your blinds, but if you use our following cleaning tips, we hope this task will be a lot easier for you.

Cleaning Roller Blinds and Venetian Blinds

  1. Pull the blinds all the way down.
  2. Lightly dust them starting from the top of the blind to the bottom. You can use a specialised microfibre blind duster or a microfibre cloth (available from hardware stores), or a feather duster. Some people ask if you can use a vacuum cleaner. This can be done only if you have the soft brush attachment and ideally is better done with the blinds taken down and lying flat on the floor. You have to be extremely careful using a vacuum cleaner as the strong suction can create creases in your blind fabric.
  3. For more stubborn stains we suggest spot cleaning using warm water and a soft clean white cloth. Instead of wetting the blind, it is better to wet the cloth then gently wipe over the blind.
  4. Make sure your roller blinds and venetian blinds are completely dry before pulling them up.

Cleaning Timber/Plantation Shutters

  1. Turn slats so they are curved away from you.
  2. Dust lightly with a clean soft cloth, feather duster or microfibre cloth. You can also dust them by wearing a clean cotton white glove. Clean slats by starting at the top and wipe back and forth over and under the slats.
  3. Timber shutters can also be cleaned by using a soft vacuum cleaner brush, but be very careful not to press too hard as this can break the slats.
  4. Never use water on timber shutters. Water can warp, stain and discolour your timber shutters.

Cleaning PVC/Aluminum Blinds

  1. Turn slats so they are curved away from you.
  2. Dust them using a microfibre cloth, feather duster or the handy white cotton glove as mentioned above.
  3. If very dirty and dusty, you can use a soft cloth with warm water to wipe the slats, or remove the blind and soak in a bathtub of warm water for one hour.
  4. Please make sure your blinds are completely dry before hanging back up or opening them. Dry them by hanging them outside to dry, or dry them by hand with a soft dry cloth.

By cleaning your blinds on a regular basis will not only keep them looking beautiful, but will also help reduce the amount of dust in your home, which can also benefit allergy and asthma sufferers. A quick weekly dust and then a full clean at least every 2 months is ideal, but blinds and shutters in bathrooms and kitchens may need more regular cleaning due to oils and hairspray use etc.

If you are unsure about your blind fabric and would like further cleaning advice, please call our team of experts on 5333 3066, we are always here to help!