Something we get asked a lot, is what is the best way to clean different types of blinds. So we thought we would try and answer some of your questions below.....
For regular cleaning without having to remove your blind, all you need to do is roll your blind down fully and use your vacuum's upholstery tool to gently remove dust and dirt. For a deeper clean, wipe in a downward motion from top to bottom using a clean, damp cloth afterwards. Let your blind fully dry before pulling it back up. If you cannot remove a stain with water alone, try using a fabric stain removal product. Simply treat the stained area following the manufacturer instructions. While this is an effective cleaning method, be advised that once cleaned, the treated area of the blind may look significantly lighter than the rest of the blind. Remember to leave the blind open to air dry to prevent mould build up. If over time, your sidewinding mechanism becomes stiff or noisy, then you may need to lubricate this area using a professional silicone spray. Also consider dry cleaning to kill bacteria and mould spores.
Vertical blinds are very easy to wash clean simply using a clean, damp cloth which means you don’t have to take them down to keep them looking great. The only part of your blind which may need more attention is the headrail which is where the operating mechanism sits. This can gather dust and will benefit from an occasional deep clean. To clean your headrail, you should carefully unclip each of the louvres from the headrail brackets so that you can get easy access to the underside of the headrail. Once you have removed the blind, simply wipe the headrail clean with a damp cloth. Then simply click your blind back into place. While you are cleaning your headrail, you could also squirt a drop of silicone spray into the side rail which is where the winding mechanism sits. If you cannot remove a stain with water alone, try using a fabric stain removal product. Simply treat the stained area following the manufacturer instructions. While this is an effective cleaning method, be advised that once cleaned, the treated area of the blind may look significantly lighter than the rest of the blind. Remember to leave the blind open to air dry to prevent mould build up. Also consider dry cleaning to kill bacteria and mould spores.
We never recommend using excessive amounts of water or liquid cleaning solutions to clean your wooden shutters. Light cleaning with a clean, dry cloth is all you need for most every day dust and debris. Take a dry microfibre cloth or duster and run along the slats to remove dust. Then use a clean, soft toothbrush to remove any built up debris in the corners. Finally you can then use a damp cloth on any other marks or stains. Alternatively you can clean your shutters with a vacuum cleaner as long as you have a soft upholstery attachment. C
Gently remove any sticky stains using a mild detergent, such as washing up liquid or window cleaning spray. Then carefully dry the louvres with a paper towel. After this, move your blind to the closed position. Using a soft cloth, systematically clean each slat, starting from the middle of the slat and wipe towards the edges. Once you have cleaned all the slats on this side, open and close your blind on the opposite side and do the same again. You can save time by using your vacuum cleaner to clean your blinds, but it is very important that you only do this if you have an upholstery attachment brush, otherwise, you might scratch your blind.
We strongly recommend that you avoid using any water or liquid cleaning products as part of your cleaning routine. Simply close the slats in one direction and wipe over with a feather duster or dry cloth. Wipe in a downwards motion so as not to disturb the slat positions. Open the slats and close again, this time in the opposite direction and wipe down the slats as before. For sticky and stubborn stains that you can’t remove with a dry cloth, rub lightly with a damp cloth until the stain lifts. Do not rub too hard as this may affect the paint or varnish finish. You can save time by using your vacuum cleaner to clean your blinds, but it is very important that you only do this if you have an upholstery attachment brush, otherwise, you might scratch your blind.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a specialist upholstery attachment. Open your blind fully and, using the upholstery attachment, carefully brush the fabric in a downwards motion until you have vacuumed the whole of the blind surface. If your Roman blind does get stained, first try to remove the stain using a clean, damp cloth. Gently rub the affected area with the cloth until the stain begins to lift. For more stubborn stains, you may need to apply a specialist fabric stain remover. Always check that the product you are using is appropriate for your Roman blind fabric and make sure you follow the manufacturer instructions for removing the stain. We do not recommend machine washing any of our Roman blinds. However, many of our fabrics are dry clean only. Look out for the dry clean symbol on our fabric swatches, but do always check with your local dry cleaning company before taking your blinds down.
All lined curtains can be cleaned by using your vacuum cleaner. Make sure you use the small brush attachment that is designed for furniture and upholstery. Steaming is one of the best ways to get wrinkles out of curtains, handheld fabric steamers can be purchased on the high street or online. Find out if your curtains are suitable for washing or dry cleaning by checking the fabric sample on the website from where you . This will tell you whether your curtains are vacuum clean only or if they can be dry cleaned or washed. Dry cleaning can be costly, but you’ll know that your curtains won’t run the risk of shrinking. If you have some stubborn stains that you can't remove, rub the affected area gently with a clean cloth soaked in warm water. Avoid the use of detergents or stain removers as this may affect the colour of your fabric.
Fill a bucket with warm soapy water and gently wipe the awning fabric and frame clean with a cloth. Don’t use any harsh chemicals or bleach as these will harm the awning fabric. Use a soft-bristled brush and work the dirt off very gently. If the dirt is particularly stubborn and you need to scrub your awning, don’t scrub at the fabric vigorously, as you’ll risk scratching the fabric or frame and damaging them in the long term. Take your time and let the soap do all of the hard work. Make sure the awning is completely dry before rolling it up and putting it away for a long period of time. This will prevent any moisture from getting trapped inside the awning bracket which could cause mildew buildup or rust problems. It’s best to choose a warm dry day to carry out the biannual clean so that the fabric can dry naturally.