Windows are one of the most commonly overlooked areas of the house. Your easy-to-break blinds and dust-absorbing drapes may seem safe enough, but they are actually prime places for mold and allergens to accumulate. Tackle this tough cleaning project by using one of the following effective methods.
1. Fabric Softener Sheets
If you have only neglected cleaning your blinds for a relatively short period of time, a fabric softener should do the job. Simply swipe the sheet in between the blinds to collect all of those pesky particles.
Another option for cleaning dusty blinds is placing a sock over your hand and lightly swiping each blind. This method works great, and it finally makes those single socks useful.
If your blinds are extremely dirty, you’re going to have to do more than just dust. Mix one part vinegar and one part water, and wipe the solution on your blinds with a gloved hand. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, add a couple lemon or orange peels to create a refreshing scent.
4. Rubbing Alcohol
For really, really dirty blinds, use rubbing alcohol. Grab a spatula and wrap a towel, or even another one of those single socks, around the end and secure it with a rubber band. Wipe the spatula lightly along the blinds to remove dirty without bending the blinds.
5. Blind Bath
If your blinds look more yellow than white, you’re going to need to give your blinds a bath. Fill the tub with a combination of warm water and a cleaning solution, such as dish soap or even vinegar. Soak the blinds for an hour and then rinse them off with the shower head.
Drapes are a lot harder to clean, since the fabric can absorb particles deep into the fibers. Collect dust by using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. Make vertical sweeps along the drapes to remove small particles.
2. Steam Clean
If that doesn’t remove all the dirt and grime, you need to steam the drapes to get deep down into the fiber. If you have a garment steamer, you can use this on your drapes. Make sure to keep the steam wand a few inches away from the material.
3. Call a Professional
If vacuuming or steam cleaning doesn’t get your drapes clean, call a professional. They have the equipment to dry clean your drapes quickly.
Although spending the day cleaning your blinds and drapes isn’t very fun, it will make a big impact on your home. Finish the job by cleaning the rugs around your house. A rug cleaner is the best option for large area rugs. For fine Oriental rugs Milwaukee residents should contact a local company that specializes in cleaning this kind of delicate material.