How to Care for Your New Blinds

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Installation is just the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with your blinds. Proper care ensures they stay as stylish and functional as the day you brought them home. Correct blind care and maintenance can help you keep your investment looking its best for years.


Why Caring for Your Blinds Matters

Caring for your blinds isn't just about keeping them looking pristine; it's about safeguarding their longevity and performance. Regular maintenance ensures that your blinds maintain their good looks and avoid common issues like discolouration, warping, and mechanical failures. By investing a little time and effort into caring for your blinds now, you'll reap the rewards of a beautiful and functional window treatment well into the future.


Cleaning Dos and Don'ts

Taking good care of your blinds involves more than just a cursory wipe-down. Here's how to effectively clean your blinds without compromising their integrity:

Dusting or Vacuuming

First, choose your tool. A brush attachment for your vacuum cleaner or a microfibre cloth will help prevent scratching or damaging the blinds.

Close the blinds completely to expose one side at a time. This makes it easier to access and clean each slat. Similarly, dust from top to bottom. Beginning at the top, gently run the brush or cloth along each slat, moving downwards. Use a light touch to avoid bending or damaging the slats.

Once you've cleaned one side, rotate the blinds to expose the other side. Repeat the dusting process to ensure thorough coverage.

If using a vacuum cleaner, adjust the suction power to a low setting so blinds aren't pulled or damaged.

Spot Cleaning

Inspect the blinds for any visible stains or spills. Food splatters, pet accidents, or watermarks are common culprits.

Prepare your cleaning solution by mixing a mild detergent or dish soap with warm water in a small bowl. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can damage the material. Before applying the cleaning solution to the stain, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the blinds to make sure it doesn't cause discolouration or damage.

Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the cleaning solution, then gently blot the stain. Avoid vigorous rubbing or scrubbing, as this can spread the stain or damage the material.

Once the stain has been treated, lightly rinse the area with clean water to remove any remaining detergent residue. Allow the blinds to air dry completely before reopening them.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Always carefully read the labels when selecting cleaning products to identify any harsh chemicals or abrasive ingredients. Opt for products specifically formulated for blinds or delicate materials. It is best to use mild detergents, dish soaps, or specialised blind cleaners that are gentle on the material. Don't use products containing bleach, ammonia, or strong solvents to avoid discolouration or damage.

Cleaning solutions should be diluted with water to reduce their potency. This helps prevent damage to the blinds while still effectively cleaning them.


Maintenance Tips for Different Types of Blinds

Total Look Blinds offers a diverse range of blinds crafted from various materials, each requiring specific care.

Fabric Blinds

Fabric blinds bring elegance and warmth to any room. To keep them looking their best, you can spot-clean blinds using a mild detergent diluted in warm water and a soft cloth. Gently blot the affected area to remove stains without causing damage.

Occasional deep cleaning maintains fabric integrity. You can either hand wash the blinds using a gentle detergent solution or opt for professional steam cleaning for a thorough refresh.

Fabric blinds are susceptible to moisture absorption, which can lead to mould or mildew growth. Avoid excessive moisture in the surrounding environment and ensure proper ventilation to prevent damage.

Timber Blinds

Timber blinds exude natural beauty and sophistication, but they require regular maintenance to protect against moisture and preserve appeal.

Dusting timber blinds regularly, using a soft cloth or feather duster, removes surface debris and prevents buildup. Pay special attention to crevices and corners where dust tends to accumulate.

Periodically polish timber blinds using a specialised wood polish or conditioner to nourish the wood and enhance its natural lustre. Apply the polish sparingly with a soft cloth, following the grain of the wood for best results.

Timber blinds are sensitive to moisture, which can cause warping or damage. To maintain optimal conditions, avoid placing them in high-humidity areas like bathrooms or kitchens. If necessary, use a dehumidifier.

PVC/Aluminium Blinds

PVC or aluminium blinds are durable and easy to maintain, but they benefit from regular maintenance to keep them looking their best.

Blinds can accumulate grease and grime over time, especially in kitchen or high-traffic areas. Use a mild soap solution and a soft cloth to wipe down the blinds, focusing on areas prone to buildup.

While PVC and aluminium blinds are resilient, abrasive cleaners can scratch or dull the surface. Stick to gentle cleaning solutions and avoid harsh chemicals that might cause damage.

After cleaning, ensure the blinds are thoroughly dried to prevent water spots or streaks. Use a clean, dry cloth to remove excess moisture and allow the blinds to air dry completely before reinstalling them.


Seasonal Care

Your new blinds will require different care in different conditions. Adjust your blind care routine to suit the changing seasons: Seasonal care can keep your blinds looking good throughout the year and in top condition for many more years.

As winter sets in, the cold and damp weather can create conditions ripe for condensation and mould growth on blinds. To prevent this, ensure adequate ventilation by opening windows periodically, even if it's chilly outside. Consider using a dehumidifier to regulate indoor humidity levels and minimise moisture buildup. Regularly check your blinds for signs of condensation or mould, especially in areas with poor air circulation. If you notice any issues, promptly clean and dry the affected areas to stop any further damage and maintain a healthy indoor environment.

Summer brings its own challenges, including sun damage and excessive heat exposure. Protect your blinds from harmful UV rays by keeping them closed during the hottest part of the day when the sun's intensity is at its peak. Consider installing blinds with UV-resistant coatings or using window film to provide additional protection against fading and discolouration. Proper airflow around the blinds minimises heat buildup, especially for blinds mounted close to windows. 


Troubleshooting Common Issues

Issues with your blinds? Here's how to troubleshoot some common problems:

Slats Not Closing/Opening Properly

 Check for obstructions or tangled cords that may be impeding the movement of the slats. If the issue persists, contact Total Look Blinds for assistance.

Cord or Mechanism Issues

Inspect the cords and mechanisms for signs of wear or damage. Avoid forcing the blinds open or closed if you notice any issues, as this can cause further damage. Contact a professional for repairs.

Fading or Discolouration

Protect your blinds from direct sunlight to prevent fading and discolouration. Consider installing blinds with UV protection or using window film to filter harmful UV rays.


Professional Maintenance Services

If you prefer to leave the maintenance to the experts, Total Look Blinds offers professional repair services. Our skilled technicians will ensure your blinds receive the care they need to stay in top condition.  We’re always happy to give you advice and the best way to tackle any tricky cleaning problems too.

From regular light cleaning to seasonal maintenance—you can keep your Total Look Blinds in top shape and enjoy their good looks for years to come. And remember, if you ever encounter any issues or prefer professional assistance get in touch. At Total Look Blinds, we're here to help.

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