Your investment into made-to-measure blinds says a lot about your vision as a homeowner, and it makes sense that you’d want to keep your new coverings in the best condition possible. Two of our most popular styles, roller blinds and vertical blinds, present different challenges when it comes to cleaning but, with a better understanding of what do and what to use, most homeowners in Redhill can build a routine that’s fast, simple and effective.
Most of our cleaning tips apply to specialist styles, such as Roman and Venetian blinds, and to products made for a certain part of your Redhill property, such as conservatory blinds.
You won’t need any equipment that’s not already in your home, and our recommendations for cleaning should prolong the lifespan of your purchase for many years to come.Roller Blinds
The great thing about roller blinds is their ease of maintenance, and it shouldn’t take long to clean them. PVC and easy-wipe blinds clean more easily than most and have excellent resistance to water. With your made-to-measure blinds wound down as far as possible, wipe them from top to bottom with a lightly-dampened clean cloth. Leave them to dry before rolling them back up again.
Do this twice a month and the amount of work required becomes almost negligible. Most Redhill homeowners should be able to make this a simple part of their wider cleaning routine. Clean conservatory blinds with a roller design, and easy-wipe vertical blinds, in the same way.
If you choose to use a wet wipe to clean your roller blinds, do so gently so as not to remove the protective coating.
Soapy water should remove dust from plastic chains and cords easily enough but avoid wet cleaning on steel or brass fittings to avoid corrosion. Check that your made-to-measure blinds still have the safety device in place when cleaning and, if they don’t, invest into new chains or a tidy to keep roller blinds safe around children.
A silicon spray cleans the mechanisms of most roller blinds, vertical blinds and conservatory blinds safely, and also stops issues with stiffness and squeakiness, but avoid contact with the fabric by spraying onto a cloth and then wiping down the mechanisms separately. Some sprays cause bleaching and discolouration, and we strongly recommend that our Redhill customers test for these issues on a similar piece of spare fabric before use.Vertical Blinds
The long and downward louvres on vertical blinds collect less dust that the fabric on made-to-measure blinds which sit horizontally, and this makes them easier to clean. Vertical blinds made from flexible polyester, much like PVC and easy-wipe roller blinds, need little more than an occasional wipe with a clean, damp cloth. For a more thorough clean, unclip the louvres from the rail and wipe them down individually.
The vertical style is popular on conservatory blinds and we recommend that you clean these in the same way.
Always let the louvres of your made-to-measure blinds dry naturally. This helps them to maintain their shape and colour. Leave over-saturated louvres to dry flat on a clean surface in your Redhill property, turning them occasionally. Never hang them vertically to dry because this causes water to accumulate at the bottom of the fabric, distorting your vertical blinds and changing their shape.
With the louvres removed, unclip sticky headrails and chains from the brackets, wipe under the rails to clean them with a damp cloth and use a silicon spray on the mechanism. Leave to dry before clipping the louvres into place. A wet wipe makes a great alternative for cleaning the headrails and mechanisms of vertical made-to-measure blinds.Conservatory Blinds
Redhill homeowners should clean conservatory blinds more frequently, but this is something that’s easy to fit into a household cleaning rota. Because conservatories often lead out onto a garden and have their doors left open during the warmer summer months, dust tends to build more quickly on the blinds. Regular cleaning prolongs the lifespan of all made-to-measure blinds but, in areas with extra dust, it also combats issues with allergies.
A few simple basics will keep your conservatory blinds in pristine condition.
As you would with roller blinds and vertical blinds, remove any excess build-up of dust, dirt and dead insects from the roof blinds. The force of a hairdryer can achieve this without causing damage to your conservatory blinds. Remove debris from the pleats too. This helps them to move more freely after cleaning.
Vacuum made-to-measure blinds in your Redhill property with the pleats crisply tensioned, and always use a low-suction setting with a suitable attachment for soft furnishings to avoid damage. If you’d rather not use a vacuum cleaner, use a damp cloth or a feather duster to wipe over your conservatory blinds.
Don’t forget the side blinds, some of which are machine washable. Always check the tags of roller blinds, vertical blinds and side blinds before using a machine to wash them. Only a handful of made-to-measure blinds can handle the impact of a machine wash.
Roller blinds and Roman blinds usually clean easily with a clean dry cloth, but Venetian conservatory blinds clean better with a damp cloth. On Venetian made-to-measure blinds with heavy soiling, use a mild detergent too but remember to wash the slats down well with water, and dry them, to avoid issues with dampness.
Keep the conservatory of your Redhill property well ventilated to keep conservatory, roller and vertical blinds suitably aired. This prevents issues with mould and mildew. Open the windows after cleaning your made-to-measure blinds and create a positive airflow around the home that dries them sooner to stop potential problems with water staining.