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How to clean metal Venetian blinds

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by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 30/09/2016

How to clean your Hillarys Venetian blind
Read our expert guide on how to clean your metal Venetian blind.  We share our top tips for keeping your Venetian blind dirt-free and looking its best.

Light cleaning your Venetian blind
Metal Venetian blinds are really practical, but like any other surface they do gather dust and stains. Regular cleaning will help you to maintain your blind and keep it looking its best. It’s really easy and should only take a few minutes each week.  Here’s how:

Light cleaning with a duster
Before you begin, check your Venetian blind for any sticky stains and gently remove these using a mild detergent, such as washing up liquid or window cleaning spray. Then carefully dry your blind with a paper towel.
Cleaning venetian blind with duster View Venetian blinds  

Next, move your blind to the closed position and, with a soft duster, systematically clean each slat. Start from the middle of the slat and wipe towards the edges – a special duster mit or glove is ideal for this job. Once you have cleaned all of the slats on this side, open and close your blind on the opposite side and do the same again. 

Light cleaning with a vacuum cleaner
Only use a vacuum cleaner to clean your blind if you have an upholstery attachment. Without this, your Venetian blind can easily become scratched. If your vacuum cleaner is very powerful it may pull the slats out of shape, so it is also a good idea to check the suction before you start.

Attach the upholstery brush to your vacuum cleaner and close your Venetian blind. Gently run the attachment brush over the slats, working from top to bottom. Then open and close your blind on the other side and repeat. 
Clean venetian blinds with hoover View Venetian blinds

Deep cleaning your Venetian blind
Every once in a while it is worth giving your Venetian blind a thorough clean, especially if it is in an area that is prone to heavy staining, like the kitchen.  We have outlined two options below, but we strongly advise you take steps to protect any steel components in the headrail before you begin. That is because steel components can easily rust if they are exposed to excess moisture.

Cleaning your Venetian blind outdoors
First prepare the area by laying down an old blanket or groundsheet. This will prevent your blind from getting scratched or damaged. Next fill a bucket with warm water mixed with a mild detergent. Then carefully take down your blind and lay it on the prepared surface. Using a soft brush or non-abrasive sponge, gently clean each slat. Then rinse with cold water or a garden hose. For very stubborn stains, you may need to repeat this process several times. 

Once your Venetian blind is thoroughly clean, you will need to find somewhere to hang it to prevent the build-up of mould as it dries. A hairdryer on a cool setting can help speed up the drying process.

If you have a garden fence, you could tap in two or three strong nails to hang the blind from as it dries. However, make sure your blind sits securely so that it doesn’t fall off and get damaged.

Cleaning your Venetian blind indoors
If you do not have any outside space, you can clean your Venetian blinds in the bath. Again, put a towel or rubber mat in the bath before you begin to prevent scratching. Fill the bath with enough warm water to completely cover the blind and then add a mild detergent. Place the blind in the bath and gently clean each slat with a soft brush or non-abrasive sponge. For heavy staining, leave the blind to soak for several hours or overnight if necessary. Rinse the blind thoroughly with cold water and then hang securely over the shower rail to dry.

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