Whereas your home represents you, your
curtains and blinds are a stark representation of your home both inside and
Besides restraining harmful pollutants and
sunrays from entering the house, the two work together to provide an
aesthetically-pleasing spectacle that further enhances the beauty of your home.
The following are all the instructions you need to vacuum your curtains and blinds properly and achieve the above result.
Now, before you even think of bringing down your curtains, you’ll have to decide if they’re really dirty and in need of cleaning.
You can do this by vacuuming the curtains
under low suction using an upholstery attachment.
Ideally, try doing this at least once a month, more so if the area you live is characterized as dusty. Like you’re soon going to find out, thorough vacuuming sometimes eliminate the need to get your curtains cleaned.
If the curtains leave behind a musty
whiff-from tobacco smoke, for instance-we suggest you try airing them. Choose a
dry, blustery day when the sun is a little forgiving, then take them out and
hang them over a sturdy airer or washing line for several hours or until the
smoky smell disappears. This may NOT be an option if the curtains have
convoluted hangings or are too heavy.
In such case, you’ll have to try out a deodorizing spray and see if it makes the smell a bit bearable.
If after doing all that you still feel like
your curtain still needs some cleaning, then consider getting it done
professionally. Companies specializing in carpet-cleaning have
high-powered steam cleaners, which lift dirt off curtains right from where they
stand-you don’t need to worry about removing or taking them back.
Roman blinds are vacuumed the same way as
curtains-under low suction and using an upholstery attachment.
Start by taking them down, after which you
can remove the cords and the plastic, wooden or metal dowels (often sewn into
the curtain lining). And since the outer fabric and lining shrink at different
rates, it’s advisable to have them dry cleaned.
Once done, you can reassemble all of them
before rehanging them over your washing line. If your steam cleaner has an
upholstery attachment, try using it to remove the creases still hanging on the
fabric. Alternatively, lay them flat and steam them using an iron box, held at
least an inch from the surface. You can thereafter shake them before rehanging.
The next thing to do after rehanging is to
try stretching the blinds up and down and thereafter leaving them up for a day
or two for the pleats to settle back into place.
The cords you use to bring the blinds down
and up will eventually get dirty. Whether or NOT your blinds look clean, they
certainly won’t be pleasing to the eye if you hang them back on when the cord
is still grubby.
You’ll therefore have to replace them when
they appear dirty to maintain that pristine look they had while they were still
Restringing your blinds should be your last worry, more so if you hang them by attaching them to the batten atop your window using a Velcro-as with many blinds nowadays.
Sparkling new cords will make your blind
look as good as they were when you bought them. They are also very cheap and
easy to find. Just visit any curtain-selling store or haberdasher and ask for
blind cords. Pretty fills, which come in ecru or white, are a good pick if
you’re stuck on the choice to go for.