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BlindsBlinds Maintenance And CareNovember 16th 2023by The Absolute Blinds TeamBlinds Maintenance – A Window To Longevity

Make Your Blinds Last Longer

Windows are the portals to our homes, allowing natural light to come into the room and provide a glimpse of outside life and everyday occurrences. However a bare window is featureless without a quality blind system to add a little bit of aesthetics and style to the area. Over time your blinds can withstand copious amounts of water vapour in the air, dust and other small particles and in some cases have special material on them to prevent forms of bacteria from accumulating on the blind. Despite all of this, there is no stopping your blinds from getting dirty once in a while, so to keep them in tip top shape, you need to regularly clean them and keep on top of their maintenance. This is where good blinds maintenance practices play their part and in this article we will go through a few simple tips and tricks to ensure you get the best longevity for your money.

A person is wiping mould off of blinds with a damp cloth.

Wiping your blinds with a damp cloth is fine for removing tougher stains, including mould growth but if the cloth is too wet it could damage the coating or any film layer on the blind.

Dusting And Cleaning

If you have horizontal venetian blinds or even traditional verticals, you will know that plenty of dust and debris can build up on the slats. One of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your blinds is through regular dusting. Dust and dirt can accumulate on the slats or fabric, dulling their appearance, especially if they are of a lighter white or cream colour and can potentially cause damage over time by getting into the wove of the fabric material. Don’t use a wet cloth but instead opt for a feather duster, gently damp microfiber cloth, or a even a vacuum cleaner with a small brush attachment to gently lift and remove dust from the surface. If stains or water patches start to appear, then you can treat them for a deeper clean by mixing a mild detergent with water and wipe down each slat individually, leaving them to air on an open window.

Fabric blinds, such as Roman or roller blinds require you to check the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning instructions  Many fabric blinds can be spot cleaned and in unique circumstances even removed and laundered. Be sure to handle them with care to avoid stretching, shrinking or misshaping.

Inspect For Damage

As part of blinds maintenance you should perform regular inspections to catch any signs of wear or damage early on. Tears in the fabric, broken or bent slats, malfunctioning or damaged cords, as well as any other issues that may affect the functionality of the blinds can be a problem for functionality. Addressing these problems promptly can prevent further damage and extend the lifespan of your blinds beyond any warranty cover.

Cord Care

If your blinds use cords for operation, take extra care to ensure they remain in good condition. Always make sure that the cord is safely fastened to a clip on the wall to prevent children and animals from getting tangled and potentially chocking themselves. Untangle any knots and straighten out any kinks that may form over time. During blinds maintenance, if the cords are frayed or damaged, you should consider replacing them immediately to prevent accidents and maintain smooth operation. Alternatively a motorised solution with a manual wand handle can be a great investment. The reason for this is that they don’t tangle, can be wiped quickly and are very easy to use.

Lubrication

Most blinds have moving parts that over time due to the environment or atmosphere will stiffen, rust and become more difficult to operate. Once in a while, some form of lubrication is needed. A gentle amount of an oil based lubricant such as WD40 on the pulley mechanism will help to loosen any rough movement. Always make sure that you consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for the specific type of lubricant recommended for your blinds. With a simple application, you can stop friction based

UV Protection

Sunlight can take a toll on blinds, causing light and bright colors to fade and materials to deteriorate over time. As part of blinds maintenance and to protect your blinds from UV damage, consider installing special window films or shades that block harmful rays before they get to the blind. This not only helps preserve the appearance of your blinds but also protects your furniture beyond within your living space as well as any hard flooring from UV damage.

Conclusion

However many you have, across your property, your blind systems are more than just window coverings; they are an investment in the aesthetics and functionality that makes your house a home. By incorporating these small maintenance tips into your routine, you can greatly extend the life of your blinds and keep them looking as good as new. Regular dusting, careful cleaning, inspections, cord care, lubrication, and UV protection are the keys to ensuring your blinds continue to serve their purpose effectively, casting a beautiful light on your living spaces for many years to come.

Are you thinking of having new blinds installed in your property or premises? At Absolute Blinds we are the experts in made to measure blinds offering a wide variety of styles, patterns, colours and setups. All of our blinds are safety approved can optionally be motorised and come with warranty and care as standard. Our friendly team is just a call away on 0151 521 1777. They can take your requirements and measurements and send someone out to inspect your window spaces and offer the best advice to ensure you get the look you want!

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