Keeping Vinyl Window Blinds In Great-Looking Condition

If you just purchased a set of horizontal vinyl blinds to cover your windows, you will soon be enjoying the privacy they provide to your home. To keep your blinds in the best possible condition, a few maintenance steps should be taken in their care. Here are some steps you can take to keep your vinyl blinds looking like new for many years to come.

Take Time To Vacuum Often

Horizontal blinds tend to accumulate a layer of dust upon each slat they are constructed from. This can quickly cause your blinds to appear grungy looking, taking away from the aesthetics of your windows as a result. It is extremely important to vacuum blinds often so a build-up of debris does not accumulate. Use a vacuum cleaner crevice attachment to remove dust from the vinyl slats. Work your way back and forth from the top slat to the bottom one, following each slat horizontally as you work. This way any debris you knock off a slat in the process will move down to a lower tier to be vacuumed up when you reach this area. This method also keeps your blinds from being dislodged from the pull strings.

Spot Clean Dirty Slats

If vacuuming is not enough to remove all the dirt that accumulates on your vinyl blinds, dusting will eliminate the remainder of debris present. Use a mild household detergent mixed in water to use as your cleaning solution. Dip a non-abrasive sponge in the cleaner, wring it out to remove excess moisture, and use it to wipe down both the top and bottom portion of each slat from side to side. This will instantly give your vinyl blinds a pick-me-up. It is important to dry the slats after they are cleaned. Do this by rubbing a piece of microfiber cloth from side to side of each slat starting from the top of your blinds and ending with the bottom slat.

Do Deep Cleaning When Necessary

Spot cleaning may not remove all debris that accumulates on your blinds if you do not tend to them frequently. In this case, it is best to remove the blinds from your windows and take them outdoors for a more extensive cleaning session. Rinse the blinds well with a garden hose before applying your cleaning solution to the vinyl portions. Rub the slats well with a non-abrasive sponge and rinse with your hose to remove all remnants of the cleaner. Drape your blinds across lawn furniture to help them dry in their entirety. It is best to wipe down each slat immediately after rinsing to remove any accumulated moisture as this can cause unsightly water marks to remain on the vinyl. For more information, contact a company like Phoenix Window Fashions.