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How to Clean & Maintain Venetian Blinds

Cleaning and maintaining your window coverings is not only to help keep them looking nice and dust free, it’s also to help prolong their lifespan. Purchasing new window coverings, especially those which are custom made to your exact windows and customisations, are an investment for your home, so keeping them in good condition is important.

When it comes to cleaning Venetian Blinds, there are three main Venetian Blind types to consider; Timber Venetian Blinds, PVC (Timber Look) Venetian Blinds and Aluminium Venetian Blinds. How to clean and maintain each of these Venetian Blind types does vary, due to the types of materials used to make the blinds. Below are the three different Venetian Blind types and how each of the types should be cleaned and maintained to ensure their longevity.

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Timber Venetian Blinds

Timber Venetian Blinds, also referred to as Wood Blinds, are a window covering solution that offers a natural look and feel to any space. As Timber Venetian Blinds are a natural product, they need to taken care of to ensure the life of the blind can be prolonged.

Start by giving the Timber Venetian Blind a dust over. Tilt the slats up and then down, using a feather duster to give a light dusting. This is an easy cleaning technique that can be done weekly to prevent the build up of dust. This will also help to make a deep clean of the blind easier. For a deeper clean, use the soft brush head on the vacuum and run it along the slats. Due to the nature of the Timber Venetian Blind, avoid getting the blind wet and do not use any harsh chemicals on the slats. If you do have any stubborn dirt or dust, use a damp (not wet) microfibre cloth to remove any build up on the slats.

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PVC (Timber Look) Venetian Blinds

PVC Venetian Blinds also known as Timber Look Venetian Blinds are simple to clean and maintain. Due to their durable materials and ability to withstand tough conditions, the PVC Venetian Blind is one of the few window coverings available that can withstand not only water but also hot temperatures and humidity. This is what also makes them easy to clean.

Start by tilting the Venetian Blind slats in the upwards position and grab either a feather duster or a dry cloth and run the cloth or duster across the slats. Repeat this process and tilt the slats into the downward position. Once you have dusted off the slats, fill up a bucket with fresh water and dampen a clean cloth. Again, tilt the slats into the upward position and working left to right, starting from the top, clean each slat individually. Repeat this process and tilt the slats into he downward position. Next, tilt the slats into the open position and again run the cloth along each individual slat. Remember to consistently rinse your sponge and change the water when required. Finally, leave the slats in the open position until completely dry to prevent the build up of mould or mildew.

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Aluminium Venetian Blinds

Aluminium Venetian Blinds are a great solution for bathrooms, kitchens, are very similar to the PVC Venetian Blind to clean and maintain. The Aluminium Venetian Blind is also a very durable window covering solution and also one which can withstand water, hot temperatures and humidity.

To clean an Aluminium Venetian Blind, simply apply the same steps above for the PVC Venetian Blind. Aluminium Venetian Blinds can also be taken down out of its brackets and thoroughly cleaned in a bathtub. Simply fill a bathtub with clean water and clean each slat with a sponge. Ensure the blinds are rehung and left in the open position to allow them to dry completely before using again.

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How often should you clean your Venetian Blinds?

Cleaning your Venetian Blinds doesn’t have to be a tedious task. Generally, dusting your blinds weekly or fortnightly will help to prevent the build up of dust and dirt on the blind. By regularly dusting the blinds, when it comes time to do a deep clean, this will be an easier task as you have been maintaining the level of build-up on the blind. For a deep clean, by completing this once every few months will help to prolong the life of the blind.

Extra Cleaning Tips

- Cleaning around the blinds will also help to prolong their lifespan. For example, regularly cleaning ceiling fans and windowsills.


- Keep a feather duster handy or invest in a handheld vacuum to make the cleaning process easier and quicker. These are useful tools for dusting hard to reach locations.

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