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How to wash and wash roller blinds so as not to spoil them

10 Jun 2023, 12:07, parser
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What you need to know before cleaning roller blinds

Roller blinds (they are also roller blinds) are sewn from a fabric with a special impregnation that protects the material from excess moisture and dust. Thanks to this composition, all impurities remain on the surface. Most often they can be removed by dry cleaning.

As a rule, rolls do not need washing and especially washing. Most manufacturers prescribe this in the instructions for their products. By the way, if you still have it, read it carefully: it describes in detail how to take care of curtains.

If there are no instructions, and the rolls look like they are itching to wash them, consider a few important points.

  • If there is such an opportunity, trust the professionals and take the product to the dry cleaners. It may be expensive, but this way you definitely won't ruin the fabric.
  • Do not wet curtains made of natural fabrics (for example, wood-based). Under the influence of moisture, such a canvas will spread. In this case, only gentle dry cleaning is allowed.
  • Give up the idea of washing products in a typewriter. Firstly, even in the most delicate mode, the fabric will rub against the drum and inevitably lose its protective coating. Secondly, you will have to fold the curtains to put them in the typewriter. And this will lead to creases appearing on them. Thirdly, in some canvases there are plastic elements that will surely break.
  • Having decided on wet cleaning, try to do without detergents. They can leave stains, destroy impregnation or damage delicate fabric. Use them only in the most extreme cases.
  • If you can't do without detergents, buy the most gentle, non-aggressive gels for fabrics and upholstered furniture. It is important that there are no granules and abrasive particles in them. The simplest, economical and safest detergent option is soapy water: dissolve a couple of tablespoons of grated household or baby soap in 2-3 liters of liquid at room temperature.
  • Do not soak the stains in the detergent solution. This may cause the color of the fabric to wash out.
  • Do not use bleach, stain removers, solvents.
  • Do not rub the fabric with the abrasive side of sponges or hard brushes. Especially when it comes to curtains with a pattern. Hard cleaning is likely to erase not only the contamination, but also the top layer of impregnation. The ornament may also suffer, which means that the product will lose its appearance.
  • Do not try to iron the curtain with an iron or use a steamer. Under the influence of high temperature, the canvas can deform and change color.

How to clean roller blinds

Dry cleaning is the safest way to return the rolls to a neat appearance. It is suitable if the curtains are not too dirty and there are no obvious greasy, deeply ingrained stains on them.

What you will need

  • Rubber gloves.
  • Vacuum cleaner or paper napkins.
  • A microfiber cloth or sponge for washing dishes.
  • Eraser.

How to do

Put on gloves and open the curtain to the full height, moving it to the "maximum sun protection" position. Use a vacuum cleaner or a napkin to remove dust from the canvas. It is important to do this on both sides.

Carefully examine the surface of the fabric. Try to remove dirt and stains with a napkin, the soft side of a sponge or a rag.

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If it doesn't work out, use a regular stationery eraser. Rub carefully, trying not to damage the protective coating of the canvas.

How to wash roller blinds

If the dirt cannot be removed in a dry way, you can try to wash them. But only if the manufacturer allows wet cleaning in the instructions, and the curtain is not made of thin natural material.

What you will need

  • Rubber gloves.
  • Vacuum cleaner or paper napkins.
  • Microfiber cloths.
  • A sponge for washing dishes.
  • Detergent.
  • Water.

What to do

To get started, dry clean with a vacuum cleaner or wipes.

Then be sure to test the prepared detergent on an inconspicuous area of the canvas. For example, on the one that is always in a collapsed state inside the cornice. If the fabric is not damaged, proceed to the stain treatment.

To do this, apply detergent to the dirt and wipe with a damp sponge or rag.

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Then remove the remnants of the product with a clean, damp cloth. This is an important procedure: if you do not completely remove the soap, stains may appear on the dried canvas.

Then wipe the curtain dry. Open the window for ventilation and do not roll up the roll for another couple of hours until it finally dries.

How to wash roller blinds

This method is suitable for large—scale contamination - when the stains are so large that the curtain needs to be washed entirely, and dry cleaning is not available. Again, we remind you: you can wet the fabric only if the manufacturer allows it.

What you will need

  • Rubber gloves.
  • Vacuum cleaner.
  • A sponge for washing dishes.
  • Rags made of microfiber or other soft, moisture-absorbing fabric.
  • Cleaning solution.
  • A large towel.
  • A set of screwdrivers is optional.

What to do

Put on gloves. Open the curtain to its full height and use a vacuum cleaner or a dry cloth to remove dust from both sides.

Carefully remove the roll from the ledge. If the curtain is held on screws, they need to be unscrewed with a screwdriver. But more often, the rollers are mounted on spring brackets, which are simply enough to pry with a tool. Some types of curtains are attached to double-sided tape at all, so you can remove them with your bare hands.

Frames: I like blinds / YouTube

Find out if the curtain normally tolerates moisture and detergent treatment. To do this, apply it to an inconspicuous area of the canvas and see how the fabric behaves. If it deforms, wrinkles, changes color, breaks, you will have to give up washing.

In the event that the fabric is resistant to water and detergent, spread the curtain in the bathtub. Make sure that no bends appear.

Wipe the entire surface of the canvas with a soft sponge soaked in detergent. Proceed carefully, without pressing, so as not to damage the fabric and the pattern on it.

Frames: I like blinds / YouTube

Then carefully remove the solution with clean warm water using a shower head.

After rinsing, blot the cloth with rags and spread it on a large towel. The curtain should dry only in a horizontal position. And only in a natural way: you can not use a heater, a hair dryer or put the canvas under direct sunlight.

Before returning the curtain to the ledge, make sure that the fabric is completely dry.

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