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The Different Materials Used For Blinds

May 8, 2008
There are many different materials used for blinds, and the care and cleaning the need will depend on the exact materials included. The materials may include wood, vinyl, aluminums or other metals, fabric, and pleated fabric. Each will require specific care and cleaning according to the individual blinds.

Wood blinds should be vacuumed regularly, and a small soft paintbrush may be used to dust them. Never soak these in water, because the wood may become damaged and warped. Do not wipe with wet cloths either, for the same reason. A dry cloth and dusting product intended for real wood might be used if desired.

Water and a bit of dish soap is the recommended way to clean aluminums and other metal blinds. To make the process easier, put the soapy water into a spray bottle and then you do not have to take them down. But, if you have not cleaned your blinds for many years you might want to consider removing them. A moistened towel can also be used to clean the dust and little dirt from these types of blinds. Make sure you go in the same direction of the slat to prevent to them from breaking or bending.

If your shades are white or a light color, a bathroom cleaner that lightens stains may be used, if the stains will not come off with simple dish soap and water. A foam solution will work very well, but do not leave the cleaner on longer than specified on the container.

For blinds that are made of cloth or fabric, care must be used when cleaning them. Do not ever soak these in water or use any liquid cleaner on them. This can cause damage, which may not be repairable. These blinds can be vacuumed with your home vacuum, and you can use the brush attachment gently, brushing in the direction that the fabric lays.

Using soapy water and a soft cloth will clean your vinyl and cellulose blinds. As you can see, this is the same procedure as when cleaning metal blinds. Again, wipe down each slat very gently so they do not get damaged.

No matter what materials your blinds are made from, regular cleaning and care is necessary to keep them in the best possible shape. The blinds you buy will last you years, even a lifetime if they are made from quality materials, and you want to keep them looking great that whole time.

There are many ways to make the task of cleaning your blinds quick and easy. Your window coverings are a reflection on you from the type of material, color and how bright and clean they look. Blinds are great and can brighten up any room in your house and accessorize your dcor.
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