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Easy Guide: How to Clean & Maintain Your Blinds Effectively

Updated: May 30

Choosing the right fabric for a roller blind or vertical is key to ensuring your blinds look good, are easy to clean, and last longer. Not all fabrics are the same. Some are cheap and don’t hold up well, just check out some of the reviews online for blinds from places like eBay, Spotlight, and Bunnings.

If you want blinds that last, opt for quality fabrics from known brands like Shaw, Texstyle, Uniline, and Wilson. These companies offer blinds that come with a 5-year warranty and have special coatings to resist mould and water. Plus, they’re easy to clean & maintain thanks to a specialised acrylic coating.

Some fabrics look great because of their weave, but they can be more time consuming to keep clean, especially in damp places like bathrooms. For these areas, it's better to use polyester fabrics coated on both sides with an acrylic coating, making them easy to clean and durable in wet conditions. You can even match these practical fabrics with the woven types to keep your home looking cohesive and easier to clean.

If I had to pick blinds for my home, I'd go with roller blinds because they're much easier to maintain a higher standard of cleanliness. Want to see how messy vertical blinds can get? Check out 'Clean Like A Pro' on TikTok. They show what happens when you don't clean vertical blinds.

Roller blind fabrics are also used for vertical blinds, some Roman blinds, and panel glides, so it really comes down to the fabric you choose over the type of blind when trying to keep them clean. Obviously, a roller blind will be a lot easier to clean than a vertical blind because you have one flat piece of fabric whereas a vertical has numerous smaller pieces which need to be individually cleaned.

Roller Blinds:

Fabrics can easily get dirty from the oils on your hands, so try not to touch them too much. Also, pulling on a chain to adjust your blinds can wear out the edges over time. Choosing motorised blinds can help avoid these issues, keeping your blinds cleaner and lasting longer. Roller blinds are usually up when the window is open, avoiding most of the dust and dirt.

Vertical Blinds:

Vertical blinds are designed to hang about 2 cm off the ground, which means moisture, whether from mopping, rain, or even humidity, tends to gather at the bottom. This area also easily collects dirt from outside, pet hair, and other debris, all contributing to the bottom of the blinds getting damp and dirty. Consequently, this is a common area where mould tends to develop on vertical blinds.

How to Clean & Maintain Your Blinds:

Here are some guidelines for how to clean & maintain Your blinds from Shaw Fabrics.

For Blackout and Light Filtering Blinds:

  1. Dust off with a vacuum or duster.

  2. Spot clean light stains with a damp cloth.

  3. Don’t rub hard, or you might damage them.

  4. Steer clear of harsh cleaners.

  5. Don’t roll them up wet.

For Sunscreen Blinds:

  1. A vacuum or duster works for dust.

  2. Use a damp cloth for spots.

  3. Some stronger cleaners are okay, but test them first.

  4. You can use a bit of diluted bleach.

  5. Rinse well after cleaning.

  6. Make sure they're dry before rolling up.

Choosing great blinds and keeping them clean isn’t too hard. Go for quality from the start, and with a little care, your blinds will keep your home looking great for a long time.

How to Clean & Maintain Your Blinds

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