Are you thinking of renovating your home with more creative stuff? Are you tired of your shabby, no privacy cloth curtains on your windows? Window blinds will certainly give your home the modern look that you always waited for. Here are a few tips to help you with the purchase and also for easy maintenance.
Blinds are the cheapest hard window treatments made of wood or metals that offer better privacy compared to other types. There are many kinds of blinds available in the market. They can be vertical slats, roller-type, horizontal Venetian ones or luxurious Roman in terms of the shape of slats.
They can also be divided to mini, plantation and panelled ones as well. The maintenance mainly depends on the type of material it is made up of. Blinds are usually made of; wood, hard plastics like PVS, faux wood, aluminium, etc.
It's always advisable to choose the material for your window treatment according to the place you are planning to install them. For bathrooms and kitchens, especially for windows above sinks, it is better to use a water-resistant material, so that the moisture doesn't damage them easily. Always measure your window exactly before buying any treatments.
Blinds with movable slats often come with cord attachments, which can cause dangerous damages or injuries, if left unnoticed. So they should be always kept at the top. There are also chances of dirt getting between the slats of blinds, which makes it too difficult to clean. Also, if you have a hairy pet, then probably your blind will be filled with the hair.
There are some basic steps to follow, so that dirt and dust can be removed from these window treatments. Firstly, lower and open them to full length to clean away the dust, before starting the actual cleaning process; no matter what the material is. Keep the following tips in mind while considering the actual routine cleaning process.
Regular dusting of the blinds can help to keep it clean to a greater extent. Dusting may be a bit difficult as the slats are often arranged too close to each other. Always use a soft fibre or a dusting brush for cleaning so that the materials like wood lasts for a longer time.
Blinds with water resistant materials or faux wood can be cleaned using chemical solutions if necessary. But always try to avoid high concentrated abrasive chemicals to maintain the beauty of your slats.
Blinds that can be removed like aluminium type, are better cleaned by soaking them in a tub of soapy water. Extra dust can be removed using the soft part of sponge or soft damp cloth. Finally, the slats can be rinsed to remove all the sticky soaps.
The slats that can be washed with soaps should be thoroughly checked whether they are clean of residues or not. They can be air dried and hanged back to their frames to allow their part to be done.