If your outdoor blinds are dirty, which will happen after a year or more of exposure to the elements, it’s time to get out the cleaning products and use a little elbow grease to get them looking great again and operating like new. The good news is that while it will take a bit of effort, you’ll soon have your blinds clean and it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Cleaning outdoor blinds
- Firstly, give your blinds a dust with a clean, soft brush (a paint brush will do if you don’t have an alternative) to remove dust and any loose debris. As with all of these steps, don’t forget to do the underside of the blinds as well.
- The first step will get rid of much of the dirt, but not stubborn debris or stains. For that, and to give your entire outdoor blinds the just cleaned look, use a soft cloth and cold water, mixed with a mild detergent. Don’t use petrochemicals, solvents, window cleaning detergents or any harsh chemicals to clean your outdoor blinds. Also, don’t use a high pressure cleaner as they can damage the fabric. If you prefer to use more natural products, a small amount of eco-friendly dishwashing liquid, vinegar and plenty of water is a good choice.
- Your outdoor blinds should now be clean, which means you can grab yourself a cuppa and admire how they look from the comfort of your outdoor living area. But whatever you do, don’t roll your outdoor blinds up before they are dry. Moisture can damage the material over time and allow mould and mildew to grow.
Now that your outdoor blinds are clean and looking like brand new again, keep them that way by removing any bird droppings or other debris as soon as you notice them.
Install new outdoor blinds with the experts
If the above 3 steps still leave your old outdoor blinds looking a little faded, soiled, tatty or simply out of date, it’s time to invest in some new blinds. The good news is that outdoor blinds have improved since you installed your old ones, so your new blinds won’t just be cleaner, they’ll be superior and easier to use.
Contact Outside Concepts for a free design and quote on your new outdoor blinds.
NOTE: The above steps are for mesh outdoor blinds, which are the most common blinds used on houses and outdoor living areas. If you have PVC café blinds, they can be susceptible to scratching so more care is required. See the Ziptrak website for details on how best to clean PVC blinds.
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