How to clean Window Blinds

In this post, we will go over a few different methods for cleaning your blinds.

How to Clean Aluminum Blinds

There are a few ways your can clean your aluminum blind and it just comes down to personal preference.

  • Vacuum the blinds with a soft brush attachments.
  • Wipe them down with a soft cloth and a soapy solution.
  • Using diluted vinegar is also a great way to clean your blinds.

This method can be time consuming however, especially if you have a lot of blinds.

  • Fill your bathtub with water and a bit of dish soap.
  • Take your blinds down and let them soak in the tub.
  • Gently scrub with a soft brush or sponge.
  • Rinse them off and let them dry on a few bath towels.

Alternatively:

  • Take your blinds outside on the grass on a hot sunny day.
  • Use a little soap on them and spray with a garden hose.
  • Flip them over and spray again.
  • You can scrub them with a soft brush if needed.
  • Let them dry and hang them back up.

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How to Clean Wood Blinds

Most wood blinds have a special finish that help repel dirt and stains. You will need to treat them the same way you would stained furniture.

  • Start by vacuuming the blinds with a soft brush attachment.
  • Follow up with a soft cloth and furniture polish. Spray the furniture polish on the cloth and wipe each slat individually.
  • Avoid using water, solvents, or abrasive solutions that can cause warping and scratching.

How to Clean Faux Wood Blinds

Faux-wood blinds are one of the more popular types of window covering and cleaning them can be a simple process.

  • Close the blinds all the and hold the bottom rail.
  • Make sure the suction is on its lightest setting to avoid twisting or warping of slats.
  • Vacuum one side, turn the blinds the other way and vacuum the other side.
  • Handheld dusters are also very effective on this type of blind.

If you have faux-wood blinds in the kitchen they may have a bit of grease or grime that can be a bit more stubborn.

  • Begin the same way as before by vacuuming the blinds.
  • Wet a duster or soft cloth with either a soapy water mixture or you can use watered down vinegar.
  • Dry each slat with a dry soft cloth.

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How to Clean Vertical Blinds

The process for cleaning vertical blinds is very similar to the previous methods listed above.

  • Vacuum and dry dust the blinds.
  • A lint roller can be used to easily roll over the blinds and pick up dust and cobwebs.
  • Do not use abrasive or strong cleaners as they will damage the surface of your blinds.
  • Soaking fabric vanes will cause them to lose their shape and dust repellent coating.

 


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Tips for Maintaining your New Siding

Home siding should be maintained

You saved for years to get the new siding your house needed, so let’s talk about a few ways to protect your new investment.

By maintaining the proper care of your new siding you will extend the life of your home siding and keep it looking new.

Regular maintenance is also key to ensure that your siding is performing well at insulating your home and keeping the moisture out.


Do Regular Inspections


Every so often go outside and inspect your siding, pay closer attention to where the siding meets doors, windows and the roof. Keep a look out for dents or gaps, and look closely at areas that might be susceptible to damage from trees or long hours of direct sun.

Illinois has a cold climate, which means your siding could show signs of ice damage. Examine your siding under your eaves for stains from water, this would be a classic example of ice damage. You may be able to prevent this condition by sealing gaps around your ducts or pipes in the attic and putting in insulation.

As a general rule of thumb, stay on top of minor problems to avoid high expenses down the road.

Related: Preventing Mold from Growing on your Windows


Cleaning your Siding


A quick rinse with your garden hose can go a long way. It keeps your siding free from debris and tree sap. Don’t spray at an angle, this prevents water from getting up underneath the siding panels. Using a soft bristled brush can help to remove any stubborn stains.

Thinking of pressure washing your siding? Keep in mind that some types of siding can be damaged by the high pressure, and it’s often best to hire a professional.

Tips for cleaning specific types of siding

  • Vinyl – Vinyl is relatively maintenance free, and the type of siding that most homeowners prefer. If you have vinyl, it is important to clean it by power washing at least once a year. If dirt and grime sit on the siding for too long it will start to set in. When cleaning, avoid using any harsh chemicals, like ammonia or bleach.
  • Metal  – Once metal siding is installed it’s relatively maintenance free. This siding should get a thorough cleaning every so often just to keep it clean and good looking. Metal siding can be cleaned simply with a hose or pressure washer.
  • Wood-Although wood is a favorite material when its comes to siding construction, it has the highest degree of maintenance. It’s recommended to wash wooden siding with only a hose and not a pressure washer. Using to much water pressure can cause the sealant or paint to come off. And it’s advised to paint wooden siding once every year to make it last longer.

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