Maintaining a home is full of adventures. Some of these adventures are fun, while others are not what you bargained for; especially when you have a problem that you need to deal with fast. One problem that you must put a halt to quickly is mold. If your blinds have gathered mold from nearby moisture, you do not need to throw them away. This guide shows you how to clean and reinstall your blinds for a healthier, cleaner home.
Step 1: Collect the Needed Materials
- dishwashing liquid
- a bucket
- a brush with soft bristles
- a clean cloth
- a towel
- a water hose
Step 2: Remove the Blinds
Remove the blinds by pushing the blinds toward the window to create a gap between the blinds and the clips that hold the blinds in place. Gently push the blinds out of their slot, being careful not to break the plastic clips with too much pressure.
Step 3: Clean an Outdoor Area and Lay Down the Blinds
Choose an area free from dirt that you don't mind getting bleach and water on, such as a driveway or cement patio pad. Lay the blinds on this spot. In doing so, spread the blinds out as much as possible.
Step 4: Create the Cleaning Solution and Scrub the Blinds
Create the cleaning solution by filling the bucket with water and adding about a capful of bleach.
Dip the brush into the bleach water and gently scrub the blinds working across the entire slat of each blind. Turn over the blinds and repeat. Once all the moldy blinds have been scrubbed, rinse out the bucket and fill it with water and soap.
Use the soapy water and cloth to clean the blinds completely. Rinse off the soapy water with the water hose. Dry the blinds with the towel or allow them to dry in the sun.
Step 5: Put the Blinds Back on the Window
Once the blinds are dry, slide them back in the window. Carefully make sure the clips are put back in place.
Expect to spend a couple hours completing this project. Check the blinds every couple of weeks or so to ensure that no mold is growing on them. Keep in mind that if these window treatments have mold on them, it is likely that you have an issue somewhere that needs professional help to prevent more problems in the future. Ask a window treatment professional like F & R Interiors for help if you have any problems with removing, cleaning or reinstalling your blinds.