How to Clean Custom Made Blinds

Custom made blinds are an affordable and stylish way to add privacy and temperature control to houses, units and apartments around Perth. They work seamlessly with your interiors and give a sleek modern look.

Cleaning blinds is easy, but needs to be done regularly for the health of your home and everyone in it.  

Whether wood, faux wood, fabric, vinyl or aluminium, if you want to know the right way to clean your blinds, CurtainWorld can help.

Cleaning kitchen blinds

Plastic, metal and faux wooden blinds stand up well against the heat, steam and grease found in Perth kitchens, and are easy to clean – just wipe off dust and debris with a soft cloth. A mix of one part water, one part white vinegar can be used for extra grimy plastic and faux wooden blinds. Close the blinds and wipe over each slat, then turn them over to clean the other side.

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Simple household items, like a damp wipe, can keep your blinds in great condition and dust free

Cleaning bathroom blinds

Bathroom blinds can be cleaned the same way as kitchen blinds. During Perth winters the dampness and lack of sunshine can contribute to mould on faux wood blinds, but a white vinegar and water mix will easily get rid of it. Avoid fabric or wooden blinds in the bathroom, as they can warp and absorb moisture.

Living area blinds

Faux wooden and wooden blinds will need to be dusted regularly with the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Close the blinds and gently vacuum each side on the lightest suction setting. To prevent dirt from building-up, wooden blinds can be treated with a quality furnish polish, sprayed onto a soft cloth.

Dust with a duster or a dust attachment on your vacuum.

Cleaning bedroom blinds

Vacuum fabric blinds, including blockout roller blinds and Roman blinds, to remove dust. Spot treat marks on fabric with an all-purpose spray cleaner and damp cloth, and use a dry sponge (or rubber sponge) from a hardware store to remove stubborn spots on vinyl vertical blinds. If they become heavily soiled, the best thing to do is have them professionally cleaned.

Cleaning vinyl aluminium mini blinds

Vinyl or aluminium blinds in wet or dry areas are easily cleaned by gently vacuuming and then wiping with a soft cloth. If they become heavily soiled, take each set of blinds down and wash them in the bath with a mild detergent and a soft sponge. Rinse with clean water, lay the blinds on towels to soak up excess water, then hang to finish drying. Don’t open the blinds until they are completely dry.  

When to clean custom made blinds

Cleaning your blinds is an important part of maintaining a sustainable home.

We recommend dusting your blinds regularly, and then giving them a good clean once or twice a year. For kitchen and bathroom blinds that have gotten damp over winter, a spring clean on a sunny September day is ideal.

Make sure your blinds are sparkling before you move out of a rental, after renovations, or when you’re preparing to sell your house. Clean blinds can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your home and give you an edge on the Perth property market.

For a healthy, sustainable home

Regularly cleaning your blinds will remove dust, dust mites, bacteria, and mould that can be dangerous to your health. No one wants to live among pollutants and allergens, especially when asthma or allergies are an issue, so it’s a good idea to maintain your blinds before they start causing problems.

Regular cleaning is also a chance to keep an eye out for damage. You’ll be able to spot when your blinds are near the end of their life, and replace them before they become unsafe.  

If your blinds are damaged or can’t be redeemed with a good clean, you may choose to upgrade them. WA-owned-and-operated CurtainWorld has extensive experience in helping customers choose styles and designs that complement their home decor. Visit our Perth showroom or book a private in-home consultation to find the perfect style for your home.

How do you keep your blinds clean? If you’ve got any handy hints that make blind maintenance an easy part of your routine, post them to our facebook page and we’ll share our favourite advice.

How to Clean Custom Made Curtains

CurtainWorld has been in the business for more than 40 years, so when it comes to keeping curtains clean, we know our stuff. Here are our top tips for good looking, and performing, curtains.

Every day, curtains are exposed to dust and dirt that can affect their longevity and harm your health.

Custom made curtains offer privacy and elegance, whether you live on a larger property in the Perth surrounds or in an apartment in the heart of the city. Just like carpets and couches, your window dressings need to be looked after to prevent stains, dullness and funky smells.  

Vacuum often

Vacuuming to remove loose dirt, dust and pet hair is the key to fantastic curtains. Use a soft brush attachment to gently vacuum hanging curtains from top to bottom.

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Vacuum your curtains whilst still attached for easier cleaning

Freshen sheer curtains

Sheer curtains are easy to clean – a good shake is often enough to get rid of dust and debris. Small marks can be spot cleaned with water and mild detergent, and a few hours out in the Perth breeze will help freshen them up.

Wash lightweight curtains

Lightweight curtains can easily be machine washed. Remove all hooks, rings and trims, before running a delicate cycle with gentle detergent. If you’re worried about your curtains shrinking, try hand washing them instead.  

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Hand washing curtains is a great solution to keeping your curtains fresh

Steam heavy curtains

Steam cleaning is best for heavy fabrics such as blockout curtains, and will save you hours in drying time. Work from the top to the bottom of hanging curtains, and keep the steamer far enough away that the curtains don’t become wet.

Take care with rubbing backings

Curtains with a rubber backing need a little extra attention. Hang them outside and spray with a hose, then use a gentle detergent to sponge clean. Rinse with cold water and leave to dry, making sure the backs of the curtains don’t touch anything.

Dry naturally

Whatever the material, your best bet is to keep your curtains out of the dryer. Hang them outside but keep them out of direct sunlight, as the harsh Perth sun can cause fading. Don’t fold or bend your curtains; most creases will drop out, but a low-heat iron will take care of the rest.

Spot stains

Use a clean wet sponge to blot the stain, then dab with white wine vinegar. Alternate between dabbing with the sponge and vinegar until the stain has lifted. Remember to do a spot check first.  

Read the label

Always check the care instructions for specific cleaning requirements and avoid using harsh cleaning products.

When to clean your curtains

Aim to wash your curtains at least once a year, preferably during warm weather so they dry easily. Adding curtain care to your spring cleaning list is a great idea and will keep them fresh following Perth’s damp winter months.

If you’re living in a Perth rental, you should consider cleaning your curtains at the end of your lease. Keeping them free of dust, dirt and stains will give you the best chance of getting your bond back.

And if you’re selling your home, refreshed curtains could give you the boost you need in the tough local market. Odour and dust free curtains are a definite selling point, and clean curtains will make your rooms look brighter and more stylish.

For your health and home

Window dressings can be a hotbed for airborne dust, dirt and allergens. They can also be home to insects, mould and mildew that can wreak havoc on your health – especially if you or your family have asthma or allergies.

Proper curtain care will not only extend the life of your curtains by preventing staining and dullness, but also keep dust and allergens at bay for a healthy living environment.

If you’ve followed all these steps and your curtains are still dirty, smelly or worn, it might be time for an upgrade. Visit our Perth showroom or book a private in-home consultation to find the perfect style for your home.

Do you have any helpful hints that make cleaning your curtains a breeze? post them to our facebook page and we’ll share our favourite advice.

Down To Earth: Spring Trends For Blinds & Curtains

Spring 2018 is all about celebrating everything earthy and warm. Goodbye millennial pink, rose gold, and florals; Hello rust, terracotta, clay, and muddy pinks. These beautiful colours bring a sense of relaxation and zen to any room they’re styled in.

With winter in our rear view mirror, we need to start thinking about spring, our beautiful Perth weather, and what our yearly interior decorating overhaul looks like. We are swapping out pops of colour, shiny opulence and bling, and letting the warmth of calm earthy tones wash over the space.

Warm rustic colours – exclusive to CurtainWorld

Spring is both warm and cool, and a healthy middle ground option is needed to allow the cool air through, but maintain warmth. Think rustic, tropical or moroccan inspired rooms with beautiful textures of organic grains such as beautiful wood grains, and watermarks and recycled timber paired to complement your warm earthy curtains.

Grainy textured colours – exclusive to CurtainWorld

Traditional sheer curtains are white because it’s the colour that allows more light into the room.

But white is not your only option; if you want to add extra personality you can also consider sheer blinds in a range of colours. CurtainWorld offers you sheer curtains in shades of pale grey, mauve and even black for a more dramatic appeal. We also have patterned sheers with subtle stripes, natural organic patterns (great for spring!), among others. One of our home consultants can hang each option in your window to help you make the perfect decision. Sheers allow you to mediate the amount of light in the space but also give that light a certain hue, which can often only be properly observed in person.

Complement sheer textured curtains with wood grain furniture for the perfect Spring 2018 look

Pair sheer curtains with a heavier drape for the cooler nights, and also if you’d like to have a bit more privacy or want to have the option of keeping the light out completely.

Spring is a time of renewal – the earth becomes deeper and the raw power of mother nature blossoms once again; everything becomes deeper and richer. Your home should not be the exception – let the light in and give the new season a warm welcome with new window coverings.