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.

Spring cleaning your home: Top tips to get your home into shape for Spring!

The weather is heating up, flowers are starting to bloom and the birds are singing, all signs that Spring is here but are you still stuck in the Winter blues? It is tradition that when Spring arrives, we get into cleaning mode and start to get our homes into tip top shape and focus on those areas of the house that have sat dormant for the past few months. After reading this blog on tips to get your home Spring ready, you may just feel the urge to get started in your home.

Step 1- Get your family involved

You will need help on your Spring cleaning endeavour, so get your family involved. You are probably thinking to yourself, you can do it quicker on your own but when it comes to lifting, cleaning and sorting especially the kid’s rooms, you will want their input as to what stays and what goes – not to mention that many hands make light work!

Work together and make it fun.

Step 2- De-clutter each room

One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you don’t need. This involves going through cupboards, drawers, sheds, garages and storage and making tough decisions as to what to keep.

Here are some tips to de-clutter your home:

  • Plan a garage sale, this can be fun for the kids
  • Sell unwanted items on eBay or gumtree to make a few dollars
  • Box up items you don’t need but want to keep such as family air looms and place in storage
  • Donate items to charity, schools, friends that are taking up space that you think you can’t sell.
  • Clean and wash items as you go, you don’t want to have to come back to this later.

While you may have a tendency to hoard and hold onto items that you feel you may just use sometime in the future, if you have not used them in the last 2-3 years, you are not likely to use them this year either so get rid of it.

Cleaning will be a lot easier when the clutter is gone, plus you may be able to make a few extra $$ to buy something new for your home or a gift for the kids as a reward for helping.

Step 3- Organising

Organising your home will make your life so much easier. Not only will you be able to put things away properly you will know exactly where everything lives and you will know exactly what you have. You can stop wasting money buying items you already have but couldn’t find at the time and can start buying new items that you thought you did not have room for.

Tip: Pull everything out of the cupboards, clean the cupboard, sort items into piles of “keep, chuck, donate, or store” and whatever you are keeping put back neatly.

Don’t move onto the next room until the first room is complete, trust me you want feel like going back to it later. When it is done properly the first time it is easier to maintain and the whole process will be quicker.

Step 4- Cleaning

A dusty refrigerator top and an oven that smokes every time you bake are not the components of an ideal kitchen not to mention the dusty skirting boards, blinds, flyscreens, or the dead flies and dirt in the door tracks and windows, these are not signs of a clean inviting home.

Here are some tips for Spring cleaning:

  • Get all your cleaning products and a bucket together before you start
  • Do the floors last, you will only make mess along the way
  • Try to use products that are environmentally friendly
  • Ensure each room is well ventilated as you clean
  • Don’t forget to dust the photos and pictures on the walls
  • Clean the ceiling fans and exhaust fans, as these can be the causes of allergens
  • Pick a sunny day to wash your curtains, drapes, bedding and rugs

You may even decide to invest in a professional cleaner once you have de cluttered to save yourself sweat and tears.

So what are you waiting for? Pick a room of the house to start on and go for it!

The weather has been perfect so you have no excuse and you will thank yourself later when you can sit back and enjoy a clean and fresh house for the Spring and Summer.

As always, feel free to visit our website for any tips on choosing the perfect floor or window coverings for your home now that it’s been officially made ready for Spring!

Putting the Spring back in your step! Spring cleaning tips for your floors…

One of the parts of the house that needs a lot of attention during spring cleaning (yet is often forgotten) is your flooring. Whether you have a timber, a carpeted, a vinyl or a ceramic floor, one thing is sure – this is where most of the dust and dirt gets stuck. Because of this, cleaning the floor requires attention and patience, and of course, a little bit of technique 🙂

First things first: use a broom or a vacuum cleaner to remove the loose dust and dirt away. Once you are done, you may proceed with wiping the floor to clean it further and shine it up. However, keep in mind that there are various types of flooring, it is important that you know the more effective way to clean your type of flooring.

Timber floors can either be natural unsealed or sealed. The best and most practical way to clean your wooden floor is by using natural products such as linseed oil for unsealed wooden floors, and white vinegar and vegetable oil for sealed floors. Simply put the oil on a rag and let it soak for three minutes before mopping it up.

 

On the other hand, more effort is needed if you have a ceramic floor. Most often, this is the type that is the hardest to maintain. Hence, ceramic floors must be cleaned regularly (not just during spring cleaning!). To clean, soak the rug in warm water before scrubbing the floor. To thoroughly remove the mould and mildew, you would need to exert more effort in scrubbing.

 

You probably have vinyl flooring in your kitchen and bathroom. This is the easiest of all types of flooring. You can easily mop it, first with wet rug, and then with a dry rug. To keep it shiny, you may make use of acrylic polish.

 

Finally, if you have carpeted flooring, the most important thing you should have is a vacuum cleaner. After vacuum, use water to remove stains, or use other cleaning solutions in case the water is ineffective.

 

So are you ready to clean your floor? Make sure that you keep in mind the basic tips on how to effectively tidy your floor whether it’s spring cleaning or just about any cleaning day.

If you’re looking for a carpet cleaning service, or looking for a completely new look and feel floor, why not come visit our website at www.andersens.com.au.