My blinds are covered in dust and dirt. How do I clean them without losing my entire weekend to the task?
It’s hard, isn’t it, being as squeaky clean as the two of us? It’s hard because nothing will ever be perfect. It is impossible to walk through one’s house, thinking, Yes, yes, all is right. Because there will always be a hand towel to straighten, a sink to spray, a bench to clear. As with so many of our traits, being obsessed with cleanliness is both a blessing and a curse.
But I digress. Your blinds. They’re covered in filth. I mean, I’m sure they’re not really, because you are the type of person who is concerned about the cleanliness of their blinds, which means you are probably a Very Clean Person which means you cannot possibly have filthy blinds. But in case you do, here’s how to get them bright and shiny.
Number one: you must vacuum your blinds regularly. You have a small attachment on your vacuum that makes this a very easy job – use it. You’ll be truly amazed at the colour of your blinds underneath all that dust. For slat blinds, you can follow this step with a duster, to really get in the nooks and crannies.
Next, you’ll want to add some dishwashing liquid (a few drops) to a bucket of warm water. Using a microfibre cloth, wipe the warm solution over each blind, starting at the top and working your way down. Pinch the cloth over each slat so you get both sides at once. This method is very easy on horizontal blinds, but it also works for vertical blinds.
While you’re doing all this, I recommend giving the tops of your ceiling fans a once-over with the same solution. Not only is it a great way to keep your fans clean, by keeping your fans clean, you’ll eliminate a lot of the dust that was about to settle on your newly perfect blinds. It’s a win-win, except for the part where you have to dig the ladder out to get up to the ceiling fans.
For fabric blinds, I think it’s best to look at your manufacturer’s instructions. There are so many different fabrics, and different modes of care, that it would be quite careless of me to suggest one solution here.
Good luck, and remember: cleanliness is next to godliness, which is right next to martyrdom. C’est la vie!
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