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How to Clean Roller Blinds

Clean Roller Blinds

If you want to keep your Roller Blinds looking new, then it’s important to take care of them. Knowing how to clean roller blinds is super important as it will keep them looking pristine for longer. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start, we cover everything in our handy step-by-step guide:

Contents

  1. How to Dust Roller Blinds
  2. How to Clean Roller Blinds
  3. How to Remove Stains from Roller Blinds
  4. How to Deep Clean Roller Blinds
  5. How to Remove Mould from Roller Blinds
  6. How to Fix and Clean a Stiff Roller Blind Chain
  7. FAQ’s
  8. Tips for Cleaning Roller Blinds

What you’ll need

Knowing how to clean roller blinds properly and what products to use is essential to keeping them looking good. Fabric blinds can attract dust and dirt quite easily, however the good news is they are easy to clean. You only need a few supplies and they can usually be found around the home. We recommend:

  • Microfibre cloth or duster
  • Vacuum Cleaner with a brush attachment
  • Mild soap or gentle laundry detergent
  • White Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • Warm water
  • Gentle cleaning brush or a toothbrush
  • Silicon spray for blind mechanisms

How to Dust Roller Blinds

The best way to prevent dust or dirt build up on your roller blind is to dust them as part of your regular cleaning routine. The easiest way to dust your roller blind is to use a vacuum with a brush attachment. You can also use a duster or microfibre cloth however, a vacuum is more efficient at removing any dust particles from the fabric.

  • Start by extending your blinds fully to ensure you can clean all the material.
  • Next, take your duster or a vacuum with the brush attachment to remove any dust.
  • Moving from left to right, start from the top of the blind and work your way down the fabric.
  • Ensure you remove all visible dust prior to washing the blind.

How to Clean Roller Blinds

If your roller blind needs a little more than a dusting, then follow the steps below:

  • Add a small amount of soap or detergent into some lukewarm water. Now, mix these together until you see bubbles staring to form.
  • Next, submerge your microfibre cloth in the soapy water and wring it out so you don’t have any excess water.
  • Starting from the top of the blind, begin to gently wipe the blinds in a back-and-forth motion.
  • Make sure to continuously rinse your cloth to ensure you aren’t moving dirt around on the blind fabric.

How to Remove Stains from Roller Blinds

We know accidents can happen and sometimes this might result in a stain on the fabric of your blind. If you do notice a stain on your roller blind, there are a few things you can try:

  • Use a stain remover: Take care when choosing one and ensure it is suitable for the fabric you intend to use it on.
  • If you are wary of using stain remover, you can test it on a non-visible area of the roller blind to ensure it doesn’t lighten or mark the fabric.
  • Use a soft brush or old toothbrush to gently scrub any stubborn marks or stains from the blind.
  • Brush in the same direction of the fabric to avoid creating any unwanted lines or marks.

How to Deep Clean a Roller Blind

If your Roller Blind is extremely dirty and in need of a deep clean, you wash them in a bathtub of lukewarm, soapy water. However, we only suggest this as a last resort. This is because it can cause damage to your blind if not done correctly.

  • First, fill the bathtub with lukewarm water and add a gentle detergent.
  • Remove the blinds from the window and lay them in the bath, try and keep any mechanisms away from the water.
  • Allow the fabric of the blind to soak for around 2 hours.
  • After that, take a gentle brush, or old toothbrush and scrub any stubborn marks until clean.
  • Drain the dirty water from the bath and rinse the fabric with clean water.
  • Hang the blinds on a washing line or over a curtain rod to fully dry before you reattach them.

How to Remove Mould from a Roller Blind

Condensation on your windows can produce mould on your blinds over time. This is because mould thrives in warm, damp conditions. Mould can be difficult to deal with as the spores need to be completely destroyed to keep the blind in good condition. If you do find that your blind has developed mould, there are a few methods you can try to remove it.

  • Take the fabric to a dry cleaner for professional cleaning and mould removal (always check the manufacturers label to ensure that the fabric is suitable to be dry cleaned first).
  • Use a fabric-safe cleaning product designed specifically for targeting mould spores.
  • Use a mix of white vinegar and lemon juice and spray onto the mould, this can help remove stains without harming the fabric.
  • Always ensure you leave the blind to fully air dry after cleaning to prevent further mould or smells developing.
  • Please Note: Always spot test cleaning products on a small area of the fabric that is not visible to ensure it does not damage or stain the fabric further.

It is always best to prevent mould rather than try to remove it as the spores are very stubborn. If you think your blinds are going to get wet or plan on hanging them in your kitchen or bathroom then we suggest you opt for one of our Waterproof Roller Blinds. These blinds are super easy to clean, resistant to mould and are also fire retardant.

How to Fix and Clean a Stiff Roller Chain

Over time, the mechanisms on your roller blind can become stiff, to fix this there are a few simple steps you can take.

  • Use a silicon spray to lubricate the mechanism that connects your cord to the blind. Make sure you avoid the fabric when using this as it can cause discolouration.
  • If your blind is operated with a plastic chain, you can clean this with hot soapy water and a microfibre cloth, simply wipe down the chain and remove any dirt or dust.
  • If your chain is brass or metal, you must not use water as this can cause rust over time. Instead, use a dry microfibre cloth to remove any dust as best as you can.

FAQ’s

What is the easiest way to clean roller blinds?

The easiest way to clean roller blinds is to simply spot clean them whilst they are hanging, using a microfibre duster and hot soapy water. Regularly dusting your blind as part of your cleaning routine will prevent you from needing to deep clean the blinds.

How do you clean roller blinds without taking them down?

Cleaning your roller blinds without taking them down is simple. Ensure your blind is fully extended so you can dust all the fabric. Once dusted follow the steps above on how to clean roller blinds to get them looking new again.

Is it safe to wash roller blinds?

Most roller blinds are made from fabric which makes them safe to clean. We highly recommend you always clean them by hand to ensure no damage is caused to the blind. Alternatively, take them to a dry cleaner to have them professionally cleaned or you can wash them gently in the bathtub. However, we only suggest this as a last resort. We only recommend using mild detergent and fabric-safe cleaning products on your roller blind which should always be spot tested on a non-visible area of the fabric first. It is also important to ensure you let your blind fully dry once it has been cleaned.

Can you wash roller blinds in the washing machine?

You might be tempted to remove the fabric from the headrail and toss it in the washing machine for a quick fix, but this can cause damage to the blind due to the spinning motion. You should only ever wash your roller blind by hand.

How do you clean PVC roller blinds?

If your roller blind is made from PVC or another easy-wipe fabric it will usually have a glossy, smooth appearance. This makes them super easy to clean! All you need to do is wipe them down with a damp cloth or duster. PVC roller blinds are completely waterproof and are resistant to staining and warping from condensation or moist environments.

Do you need to clean roller blinds?

To keep your blinds looking new, it is essential to clean them regularly. We suggest that you dust your blinds as part of your weekly cleaning routine or a minimum of twice a month. If you keep on top of any dust, then a deep clean is less likely to be required later on.

Tips for Cleaning Roller Blinds

  • Always extend your roller blind fully to ensure you reach the areas of fabric which are usually rolled up.
  • Always allow your blind to fully air dry to prevent unwanted smells or mould forming.
  • Consider dry cleaning to remove mould spores.
  • Use waterproof, PVC roller blinds for bathrooms, kitchens or other damp environments.
  • Always spot test any cleaning products on a non-visible area of the roller fabric to ensure it isn’t going to stain.
  • Always check the manufacturers label and instructions for cleaning.