How to Clean Your Window Coverings

Cleaning your window coverings regularly is important for maintaining a healthy home and also maximising the life of your blinds or shutters. This task can often seem overwhelming because of the intricate parts contained in some styles of window furnishings but following our step-by-step instructions can make your job less daunting. Find your type of window covering below to see how you can easily clean your way to a healthier, newer-looking home.

Timber Shutters or Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Soft cleaning cloths (try to use a lint-free option)
Duster
Water

  1. For blinds, extend to full length
  2. Angle your shutters or blinds until almost closed to expose the slats
  3. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  4. Run the attachment along the slats to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting. Angle your blinds in the opposite direction until almost closed and repeat.
  5. Use the cloth or duster to pick up any remaining dust. Reverse blind or shutter direction and repeat.
  6. For any stains or marks, wet a new cleaning cloth and wring until just damp and gently rub over the area until clean. Reverse blind or shutter direction and repeat.
  7. Use a fresh cloth to dry off residual dampness. Reverse blind or shutter direction and repeat.
  8. Open your shutters or blinds and allow to dry

Vertical Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Soft cleaning cloths (try to use a lint-free option) or sponge
Water
Dishwashing detergent

  1. Angle your blinds until almost closed but with each slat still exposed
  2. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  3. Run the attachment along each slat to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting. Reverse blind direction and repeat.
  4. Mix a small amount of dishwashing detergent with water
  5. Dip a soft cleaning cloth or sponge into the solution and wring
  6. Gently scrub the sponge or cloth along the longest axis of the blind to wipe away dirt and stains. Scrub blinds from bottom to top to avoid dislodging them. Reverse blind direction and repeat.
  7. Dip a fresh cloth in clean water and wring
  8. Wipe the suds and grime off the blinds. Reverse blind direction and repeat.
  9. Open blinds and allow to dry

Aluminium Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Soft cleaning cloths
Water

  1. Angle your blinds until almost closed but with each slat still exposed
  2. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  3. Run the attachment along each slat to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting. Reverse blind direction and repeat.
  4. Dip a soft cleaning cloth into water and wring
  5. Wipe cloth along the slats to clean away dust. Angle your blinds in the opposite direction until almost closed and repeat.
  6. Open blinds and allow to dry

Roller Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Sponge
Water
Laundry detergent

  1. Remove the roller blind from the roller and lay it flat on the floor
  2. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  3. Run the attachment over the blind to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting
  4. Check that your roller blind is washable*
  5. Fill a bathtub or sink with a solution of warm water and a little laundry detergent
  6. Submerge the blind in the water and allow to soak until dirt and grime is loosened
  7. Scrub with a sponge to remove stubborn dirt and stains
  8. Rinse off the soap and grime
  9. Hang blind on clothesline to dry
  10. Once dry, reattach blind to roller

*If your blind is not washable, dilute a small amount of laundry detergent with water and spot clean stains using a cloth or sponge then wipe off with a clean damp cloth.

Roman or Panel Blinds

You’ll need:

A vacuum with a brush attachment
Soft cleaning cloths (try to use a lint-free option) or sponge
Water
Dishwashing detergent

  1. Attach the brush/upholstery attachment to your vacuum
  2. Run the attachment over the blind to vacuum up the dust using a low suction setting
  3. To spot clean, mix a small amount of dishwashing detergent with water
  4. Dip a soft cleaning cloth or sponge into the solution and wring
  5. Gently rub the sponge or cloth over the affected area to clean away dirt or stains
  6. Dip a fresh cloth in clean water and wring
  7. Wipe with cloth until clean
  8. Open blind and allow to dry

Still not sure how to clean your window coverings? Talk to the experts at an Andersens store near you. We’re always happy to help.

Getting your house clean! Part 4

With this week bringing the end to our Dyson promotion and our “getting your house clean” 4 part blog series. So without further ado..

  • To get your toilet bowls back to their shiny white best, clean them with some flat Coke or Pepsi. Leave the drink to soak overnight in order to dissolve limescale.

 

  • To remove marker pen off hard surfaces, spray on some hair spray and then simply wipe it off with a cloth or paper towel.

 

  • To remove cat and dog hair from clothing and furniture, rub them with some damp rubber gloves.

 

  • To remove fingerprints from stainless-steel appliances, place a small amount of baby oil on a napkin and then wipe over the affected areas. The fingerprints should just easily wipe away.

 

  • To clean your shower curtain, wash it in the washing machine with about 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cop of bleach, some white towels and just a normal amount of washing powder. By also adding into some fabric softener, it will also help to keep the curtain clean. When the load is done, return the shower curtains to their normal place and allow to drip dry. Wrinkles will fade away after a couple of days.

 

That now brings us to the end of this weeks’s (and our series of cleaning tips). We hope you have enjoyed them.

Getting your house clean! Part 3

With our Dyson vacuum cleaner give-away this month, we are sharing 20 top cleaning tips with you! Here are the next five:

  • If you want to stop ants coming into the house, draw a line of chalk on the ground where you want them to stop. If you live in a rainy area where ants are a problem, you must remember to re-draw the chalk lines each time it rains.

 

  • Ever wondered how to clean the bottom of the iron? Simple,  just sprinkle some salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.

 

  • An easy way t0 clean a stainless-steel sink, is to plug the sink and add two denture-cleaning tablets and half fill with water, leaving this to soak for several hours (or overnight for stubborn stains) and the next day it should be sparkling. You can then re-use this water to clean the draining board.

 

  • If you want to clean your microwave oven, just add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil this for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe down the corners with a soft cloth.

 

  • To remove sweat/body oil stains from cuffs and collars of coloured blouses and shirts, rub some shampoo directly on the stains. Rinse off the shampoo after about 5 minutes, then wash the clothes as usual.

 

We hope you have enjoyed this week’s tips. Please join us next week for our last instalment of helpful home cleaning tips.

Getting your house clean! Part 2

With our Dyson vacuum cleaner give-away this month, we thought, why not share some easy to do cleaning tips and tricks with our customers and readers. Last week we shared 5 tips in our part 1 post. This week we continue with another 5 helpful tips.

  • To help reduce the risk of stains on a marble bench-top, try buffing some car polish onto it. This leaves a thin invisible film which helps repel stains.

 

  • If you have accidentally broken glassware and are struggling to pick up all those tiny left over fragments of broken glass, try pressing a piece of bread onto the area for a quick and easy solution.

 

  • If you have furniture indents in pure wool carpet (only), place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the vibres and give you a smoother result.

 

  • To avoid your bathroom mirrors steaming up, try and regularly rub a dry soap bar over the surface of the mirror and then rub in with a clean cloth. [while not really cleaning, we thought it was a great tip anyway!]

 

  • If you need to remove some oil from silk clothing, we suggest gently rubbing some cornflour into the affected area, leave it to sit for a few hours before lightly brushing or shaking it off. Then either hand wash or use a gentle machine cycle to finish the process.

 

We hope you have enjoyed this week’s tips. Please join us next week for 5 more helpful home tips.

Getting your house clean! Part 1

With our Dyson vacuum cleaner give-away this month, we thought, why not share some easy to do cleaning tips and tricks with our customers and readers.

Here goes:

5 Easy Cleaning Tips and Tricks

  • Getting rid of red wine stains: Place a dab of foaming style shaving cream on the area. This can help remove red-wine spills from carpets.
  • Removing food odours: Use a combination of hot water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda to help rid those unwanted “left-over” smells.
  • Dusting lamp shades: You can use your vacuum cleaner or a lint roller!
  • Glass cleaning: Use old newspapers instead of paper towels to clean your glass windows.
  • Getting rid of stickers: A great tip for removing stubborn price tags (and not ruin your nails). Dab some rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip or a cotton pad.

That’s all from us this week. Join us again next week as we reveal 5 more easy cleaning tips and tricks!

Realtor Series: Getting your house ready for sale (Part 3)

For the last couple of weeks we have been sharing our tips on how to get your home ready for sale. This week however brings this to a close as we reveal our 3 final steps.

Starting with step eight and it’s time to get the house sparkling clean! We have come up with a small checklist to help you on your way:

  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Wash windows both inside and outside.
  • Re-caulking showers and sinks.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Polish any chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Try to vacuum daily.
  • Wax those floors.
  • Dust any wooden furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach basins where needed.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are an instant turn-off.

Step nine – check your curb appeal. Not only is it important to have the inside looking great, but you want to ensure potential buyers are attracted to the outside too. This doesn’t mean you need to spend lots of money fixing it up, it just means you should do a few simple things to help freshen up the “first impression” of your home, so to speak.

  1. Mow the lawn (if you have one).
  2. Paint an faded down window trim.
  3. If you have a garden, why not plant some new flowers?
  4. Make sure your house number is clearly visible to see.
  5. Ensure there is no clutter for potential buyers to trip on.

Honestly, it’s about using your own discretion here. Take a walk outside and have a look. If you can see areas that need improvement why not hop to it, and ensure a potential buyer is more likely to match your asking price.

Step ten scrutinise and disassociate. You’ve cleaned up the place and left it sparkling.. you have scrutinised and seen that all the tasks to making the home pop have now been finished.  Now it’s time to really sit back and disassociate yourself from it. With all the extra attention it’s had lately, it might be looking the best it has in years.. and you are wondering was selling this place the really best choice? If you find yourself in this situation it’s best to make the emotional step of “letting go” by focusing on the fact this house will no longer be yours. Go through and say goodbye to every room. Picture yourself handing over the keys and in turn handed the cheque that will mean a new start for yourself as well. Pat yourself on the back, and know you’ve done a good job and a service to your home by making it look the best it possible can under your direction, and now after all of this, are you ready to sell your home.

Thank you for joining us for part 3 of this series. If you need any help in home furnishings, be it carpets, flooring or blinds please pop in to your nearest Andersens store where a friendly sales member will be able to help you out.