Without a doubt, one of the household chores that is always left out is cleaning the blinds, and I know I’m not the only one! One of the reasons is that they go unnoticed daily because they are poorly maintained. Fortunately, there are plastic ones, which in addition to being cheaper than aluminum, resistant and durable, and excellent thermal and acoustic insulation, are very easy to clean and care for.
If you are here, you want to know how to clean PVC blinds properly at home, apartment or office and leave them shiny. Then read on and pay attention to the most effective tricks to keep them free of dust and dirt for longer. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!
How to clean plastic or PVC blinds correctly?
The best way to add elegance and privacy to your home is to install blinds, and if for some reason or another you have chosen plastic over aluminum, believe me, it was a good decision. Despite that, you should know that some products and utensils are very aggressive and abrasive with the surface, and instead of cleaning them, they will ruin them without remedy.
Polyvinyl Chloride is now so common and easy to maintain that you will only need warm water, a little detergent of your choice, and the tool to clean it, either a brush, duster, or vacuum cleaner. Follow these effective and practical tips and leave them gleaming inside and out.
Collect the dust
The first step is to close the blind and remove excess surface dust with the help of a feather duster (microfiber dusters are the most effective), a vacuum cleaner, or a brush. If it is within your means, buy a special cleaner for blinds, which is nothing more than a tool with hand clamps and five removable covers; it is also economical and very effective. Once you start using it, there is no turning back!
Remember to pass it on each of the shelves if it is a slatted model; this way, the dusty layer is removed and will not be stained when washed.
However, the procedure is much simpler when cleaning heavily soiled blinds if they are removable. You will only have to lower them and introduce them in a large basin or bathtub filled with warm water and detergent and rub them with the help of a scouring pad. Let them soak for 20 minutes to remove stubborn dirt more easily, then rinse with plenty of water, wipe them with a cloth and let them air dry.
If it is a fixed blind, the correct thing is to prepare a soapy mixture with warm water and soap, moisten a cloth with this cleaner and rub. To reach all the nooks and crannies, it is advisable to do it first with the blind closed and then open, moving from top to bottom.
Note: Optionally, you can apply a specific cleaner for this type of plastic (available in supermarkets or specialized stores). This will add gloss and form a protective layer so that the slats do not attract dust particles.
The PVC shutters are increasingly sought after for their quality and affordable price. However, it is important to make thorough maintenance at least every six months and basic cleaning with a feather duster or brush once a week so that dirt does not accumulate, thus prolonging its useful life and aesthetic appearance for much longer.