How to Clean Your Outdoor Blinds
Outdoor blinds are one of the best ways to protect your “indoor-outdoor” spaces from the elements, allowing you to enjoy the stunning views that nature provides while keeping out the harmful UV rays. But, of course, they need a little looking after themselves. The good news is that cleaning your outdoor blinds is a simple affair that doesn’t take that long! Here are the main steps to keeping your outdoor blinds as good as new.
1. Dust it OffThe first step to keeping your outdoor blinds clean is to get rid of any loose dust that has accumulated since the last clean. If you live in a particularly dry and sandy part of Australia, you’ll be more familiar with this problem than most. We’d advise against just shaking the blinds, though. The best method is to use a soft-bristled brush. You might also want to cover your mouth and nose—a regular face mask should do.
2. Clean With Soapy WaterOnce you’ve gotten rid of any loose dust, it’s time to break out the warm soapy water. The water should be lukewarm to warm, but not hot. Using a cloth or sponge, gently clean your blinds. It is important that you rinse the soapy water off with clean water. Also do not close your blinds while they are still wet.
3. Dry Your BlindsYou shouldn’t close your blinds while they are still wet, but if you can’t wait for them to dry out naturally, you can give them a thorough drying down with a cloth or sponge.
Things to NoteThe first thing we should point out is that you absolutely should not use solvents, abrasive cleaners, or any kind of chemical cleaners on your blinds. These will almost certainly damage the material. At the very least they will affect the colour. Next up, if your blinds are zipscreen blinds, consider spraying the zip with a silicon-based spray. Do not use any oil-based lubricant or penetrating oil (like WD40).
Finally, like any type of routine maintenance, the more you keep on top of cleaning your outdoor blinds, the less of a chore it will be. Indeed, if you regularly dust down your outdoor blinds, you may find that you hardly ever have to break out the soapy water. Also, as we touched on above, your location will have an impact on the frequency with which you need to clean your blinds. Dustier areas will typically mean more regular cleaning.