Cleaning tips for blinds and drapes

In order to keep your window’s blinds and drapes looking good you should clean them on a monthly basis. This not only extends the life of the type of treatment you have, but also prevents dust build-up and makes them easier to clean on a regular basis. Here’s how to keep your window treatments in tip-top condition:

Horizontal and Vertical Fabric Blinds

Weekly: Wipe down with a feather duster.

Monthly: Use the brush tool on your vacuum cleaner.

Annually: Take them to a dry cleaner, or find a company that will do it in your home.

Metal and Vinyl Venetian and Vertical Blinds

Weekly: Close the blinds and wipe down with a feather duster – Do not use a spray polish as this will build up on the surface and make regular cleaning more difficult.

Monthly: Close the blinds and use a slightly damp cloth and a mild mixture and warm water and detergent. Move from top to bottom, or side to side, and wipe down. Close them in the opposite direction and repeat.

Annually: Remove the blinds from the fitting and soak in warm water and a mild solution of washing powder. Lay them flat – the bath is great for this – and let them soak for an hour. Rinse clean, let them drip dry, and then rehang.

Wood or Bamboo Venetian and Vertical Blinds

Weekly: Close the blinds and work from top to bottom, or side to side, with a feather duster. Close in the opposite direction and repeat.

Monthly: Wipe each slat with a almost dry cloth and a mixture of warm water and dry thoroughly.

Annually: If you find that there is a build-up of grime, especially if the blinds are close to a kitchen or bathroom, add lemon juice to warm water and wipe each slat with an almost damp cloth. Dry thoroughly.

Roman or Austrian Blinds

Weekly: Give them a brisk shake and wipe with a feather duster.

Monthly: Dust using the dust-brush tool on the vacuum (set on low suction) or wipe with a damp cloth.

Annually: Take to a dry cleaner. If the fabric is washable you may also hang outside and wash down with warm water and mild dish washing liquid.

Draperies and Curtains

Weekly: Give them a brisk shake.

Monthly: Use the dust-brush accessory on a vacuum cleaner (set on low suction). A Dust-Buster is perfect to have in the home for cleaning drapes and curtains that cannot easily be removed.

Annually: If fabric is washable, launder in the machine on a gentle cycle. Hang to dry and iron while still damp. If fabric is not washable, dry clean. Draperies and curtains in the kitchen or bath or in particularly dusty climates may need to be cleaned more frequently.

Top 5 tips for choosing blinds

Every home is as unique as the people who live in it and adding blinds to the interiors offers homeowners the opportunity to express their individuality and create a look that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Window blinds can be fitted either as the main window treatment, which complements a more modern minimalist look or used as a secondary treatment that allows you to layer your window dressing to blend with a more elegant or classic setting.

Blinds not only enhance the décor but are an ideal way to control light and privacy.

Window blinds can be fitted either as the main window treatment, which complements a more modern minimalist look or used as a secondary treatment that allows you to layer your window dressing to blend with a more elegant or classic setting.

When selecting your blinds, make sure they harmonise with your interior and meet your practical needs.

Decorland shares some points to consider when choosing blinds…

1. Dealing with street lighting or morning sunlight 

If you have to contend with street lights or glaring morning sunlight you should consider block out blinds.

These are made from a fabric with special light reflective properties that block out strong morning sunlight or night lights that may disturb your sleep.

A slat structure of venetian blinds provides complete light control. You can alter the angle of the blind slats to suit the time of day, the level of light control and even the ambience of a room.

2. Limited wall space

Roller blindswork well for homes with limited wall space. These roll up tightly at the top of the window, allowing you to make the most of sunlight during the day.

A roller blind can be fitted neatly into the window recess, providing maximum space around the window and not interfering with other window treatments.

3. Screen glare and furniture damage from sunlight

To avoid damage to furniture from harsh sun rays consider vertical blinds.

These areideal forcontrolling sunlight and privacy, and they can be opened to the left, right or split in the middle.

When opened, they stack to the side of your window, offering an uncluttered look and they suit very large windows.

4. Window coverage

Aslat structure of venetian blinds provides complete light control.

You can alter the angle of the blind slats to suit the time of day, the level of light control and even the ambience of a room.

These blinds allow for absolute privacy when closed and maximum daylight when opened.

5. Luxurious window treatments 

Roman blindsadd bothelegance and style with a contemporary feel.

When raised, the gentle folds are neat and, when lowered, the flat panel effect makes for a chic clean window treatment.

Woven-wood Roman blinds can flatter the proportions of a small window, especially if the blind is measured to fit a little higher above the window opening and a little wider than normal to give extra width to the window dimensions.