Are your window blinds looking a little dirty these days?  Has it been far too long since you gave them a good clean? New Zealand’s leading window blinds experts, Easy Blinds are here to share some insider tips how to clean blinds quickly and easily.

The very first thing you want to do is to get as much dirt and dust off the blinds as possible. One of the most efficient ways to do this is to use a handheld vacuum fitted with a brush attachment. But you can also use a specialty duster or simple microfiber cloth. “We recommend that you don’t use feather dusters as they tend to throw too much dust around,” says Don Watkins, Owner at Easy Blinds.

In general, wipe from top to bottom and left to right. If the blinds are horizontal, start with the top slat, wiping left to right, and then work your way down. If you have vertical blinds, start with the leftmost slat, wiping top to bottom, and work your way to the right.

After dusting, it’s time to give them a wash. Simply, add three drops of liquid dish into a bucket and fill it with warm water. “If your blinds are extra stained mix in a tablespoon of baking soda into the solution,” adds Don,

Dip a cloth into the solution, the wring out the cloth well so it is damp-dry. Work on one slat at a time, twist each slat so it sits completely flat, wrap the cloth around each slat and pull it firmly all the way to the other side to wipe away dirt.

If you have vinyl or aluminium blinds in the kitchen where they are often exposed to grease from cooking, they will need a deep clean. One of the better ways to do this is to carefully take the blinds down off the window and place in a bathtub with warm water and a bit of dish soap. “Let the blinds soak in the water for about an hour, the gently rinse with warm water and wipe away any excess grime,” advises Don. Also make sure that you let the blinds dry completely before reinstalling

When it comes to cleaning roller blinds, the method mostly depends on what the material that the roller blinds are made of. If your roller blinds are made from a material that cannot become saturated with water, then spot cleaning is the safest option.

If the material can be submerged in water, remove the roller blind from its brackets. “The blind fabric needs to be completely detached from the mechanism and surrounding rails, as the metal parts of the blind cannot get wet, as they may rust,” adds Don. The lay roller down flat on a clean floor. Attach a brush attachment to your vacuum or a microfibre cloth and clean the blind to dislodge any pieces of dirt, flip the roller blind and repeat the process on the other side.

Half full your bathtub with warm water and washing liquid to the water, avoid using harsh cleaners on the fabric as it may damage the material. Submerge your blind into the water, allowing them to soak for a couple of hours.  Next, remove the soapy water from the tub and replace with clean water. This is required to ensure there are no detergent stains on the blind. place it on a drying rack until it is completely dry.