How to Clean Aluminum Blinds Safely
If you have aluminum blinds on your windows, you know how great they can look and how effective they are at filtering the light for your home or office. Aluminum blinds in Thousand Oaks are sturdy, long-lasting and beautiful, keeping your carpeting and furniture from fading and letting the light in where you want. Unfortunately, everything gets dirty over time from dust particles and other airborne debris. When you are ready to clean your aluminum blinds in Thousand Oaks, here are the tips you need to keep them looking fresh without any damage to them.
Ways to Clean Aluminum Blinds
Dusting Your Blinds
Dust is insidious. It gets everywhere. And your blinds are perfectly positioned to catch dust particles as they float through the air. You can keep your blinds dust-free by following these tips:
- Dust blinds regularly or use the small head of your vacuum to gather up the loose particles from each slat.
- If your blinds are horizontal, it is best to work top to bottom because dust from the top slats may fall on lower ones.
- For vertical blinds, work left to right to remove dust particles.
- Use a microfiber cloth, brush attachment on your vacuum or any duster that can fit in between the slats and collect the dust on the duster.
- If your blinds are hung incorrectly, they may pull off while you are cleaning them. Just be aware, and you will not be surprised when this happens.
Washing Your Blinds
Okay, you have removed the dust. Now it is time to wash the blinds. Oils and dirt can collect on blinds and form a sticky residue. If you dust regularly, you will have less residue to clean because it won’t have time to settle and attach to the blinds. Here are some tips to help you wash your blinds.
- Wash the blinds two or three times a year to keep them at their cleanest.
- To create a mild cleaning solution, take three drops of dishwashing liquid and put it into a bucket. Then fill the bucket with warm water.
- Using a small microfiber cloth, soak it in the solution then ring it out until it is damp.
- Twist the blind so that the slats are lying flat, slightly facing upwards in your direction. Then starting at one end, pinch the microfiber cloth around each slate to wipe it clean.
- You can also use an alternate method of starting in the center of each slat and then moving to each end while cleaning.
- You may be surprised at how dirty your blinds have gotten! For stubborn dirt such as nicotine stains, grease or food-born residue, add a tablespoon of baking soda to the solution and it should break it up.
- Using this method, you can clean your blinds while they are hanging, and not worry about taking them down and re-hanging them.
- This cleaning method also works on vinyl mini blinds and full sized blinds.