The best ways to clean roman blinds

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Roman blinds are sleek, stylish options that give you the best of both worlds - the streamlined functionality of blinds and the versatility of being able to choose from hundreds of fabrics for a custom look.

Since roman blinds are made of fabric, they should not be used in rooms with high humidity like bathrooms or kitchens as this can result in mould developing, which is much more difficult to clean. And being made of fabric, they're not as easy to wipe clean as other blinds that are made from harder materials like aluminum or wood. However, there are a few easy ways to keep your roman blinds clean and make sure they stay at their best.

Use your vacuum to clean your blinds

Lower the blind all the way and hold it taut with one hand. Be sure to use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to avoid damaging the fabric.

Vacuuming your roman blinds regularly will help keep dust from building up and keep them looking fresh and tidy.

Spot clean your roman blinds with water and detergent

If your roman blinds have marks or stains on them, try mixing a solution of lukewarm water and a few drops of dish soap or a gentle fabric detergent. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and gently blot the stained area. It's always a good idea to test a small, out of sight area first to make sure the water won't discolour the fabric.

Remember to be gentle and patient, don't scrub at the marks as you might damage the fabric.

Using specialist cleaners on roman blinds

If you have tough stains that need a little more than detergent, you can try a specialist stain remover. To find the right one, check what material your blinds are made of and choose an appropriate product. Always use as recommended on the product packaging and test a hidden area of your blind before using it on visible areas.

How to clean mould off roman blinds

Although roman blinds should not be used in rooms that are regularly damp, like bathrooms or kitchens, they can still become mouldy, especially in winter months when condensation can be trapped between the blind and the window.

If you've spotted mould on your roman blinds, the first step is to find out if the material is dry clean only. If it is, you'll need to look for a professional cleaning service.

For NON dry-clean fabrics, remove the blind from the window and stretch it out to dry. It's best to place it in direct sunlight outside, but you can also lay it out near a heat source or fan.

Always remember to wear a mask and protective glasses when dealing with mould.

Once dry, vacuum the blind gently with the soft brush attachment to remove any dry or powdery mildew. Then mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water in a spray bottle and spray evenly over the blind. Let sit for a few minutes before using a dry cloth to blot away the moisture.

You may need to repeat the process a few times to fully lift the mould. Once clean, use fresh water for a final spray and blot. Make sure your roman blinds are fully dry again before rehanging them.

Can roman blinds go in the washing machine?

Although it might work for certain fabric blinds, it all depends on the type of fabric and the cords or linings also attached to it. We never recommend putting roman blinds in the washing machine as it's likely to ruin them.

Can I get roman blinds professionally cleaned?

If cleaning your roman blinds feels like too much to do yourself, you can call in the experts. Most roman blinds will stand up well to steam cleaning or dry cleaning (although make sure you check the fabric care instructions first). A professional will be able to advise you on the best way to clean your roman blinds and take the hassle out of it for you, especially if you're dealing with stained or mildewy blinds.

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