Whether you rent or own your home, you will need to clean it regularly to ensure that your home is clean, comfortable and safe. Did you know that homes that are not cleaned regularly can pose an environmental health risk? One item often overlooked when cleaning a home is window treatments. Window treatments, including curtains and blinds can house allergens. To help reduce allergens, you will need to routinely clean your window coverings.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your curtains and blinds remain clean and free of allergens is to clean them at the beginning of each season. This is also the perfect time to clean your windows. Dedicate a day each season to clean your window glass and your window coverings. As you begin to clean your windows and covering regularly, you will begin to notice that it becomes easier and your windows will look amazing throughout the year. By cleaning your windows four times a year, they will also look great, which means you will not need to clean your windows and window coverings before putting up holiday decorations because you have already taken cleaned them as a part of your quarterly cleaning.
When getting ready to clean your windows, it is important to gather your supplies. If you will be cleaning your windows in addition to cleaning your window coverings, ask a family member to help you. This will allow you to quickly get the job done. How long it will take to complete this task will depend on the number of windows, the size of the windows, how dirty they are and how easy they are to access. Additionally, the type of window coverings will determine the length of time it will take to finish the task.
Some people find that it is best to clean their windows and window coverings on a monthly basis. For example, if you or a loved one suffer from allergies, you should clean them more often to reduce the number of allergens in your home. Additionally, if you have small children or elderly in your home, it is important to clean your window coverings often because harmful germs can attach to your window coverings. If you live on a busy street or have animals, you may need to clean your windows and window covering more often than someone who lives on a paved, quiet street and has no animals.
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Most vacuum cleaners have attachments that can make it easier to clean your curtains and blinds. If not then a smaller car style vacuum may be ideal. The brushes in these tools will help loosen debris from your blinds and your curtains as the vacuum sucks the loose debris. When cleaning your blinds, do not force the brushes into the blinds as you can end up accidentally breaking your blinds. To use the attachments, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to attach the tool to the end of the hose. Then gently vacuum the window covering. There are also numerous specialized attachments that can help you effectively clean your blinds and your drapes. Research to see if any of these will help you with your cleaning effort.
If your blinds are especially dirty and the vacuum cleaner is not doing the job, wipe down your blinds with a vinegar mixture made of one part vinegar and three parts warm water. Dip a rag in the vinegar solution and wipe the blinds to loosen debris. Once the blinds are clean, allow them to air dry and then run your vacuum cleaner along the blinds to remove any remaining dust.
When cleaning blinds or curtains, work from the top downward. This will prevent dust from falling and dirtying the cleaned parts. You can vacuum your blinds or curtains while they are still hanging. If a more intensive cleaning is needed, remove them. When it comes to cleaning blinds and curtains, remember dust will naturally fall downward; this is why it is recommended that you clean from the top down.
If you have honeycomb blinds, you will want to use a hairdryer to blow dust from the inside of the combs. Place the hair dryer on its coolest setting and place something on the other end of the blind so that the dust does not travel across the room and counteract your cleaning efforts.
Cleaning a home routinely is the first step in preventing allergies and illnesses. By cleaning your windows and your window coverings every season, you can minimize allergens and germs, which can help decrease the number of illnesses your family experiences throughout the year. Furthermore, keeping your windows clean and your window coverings free of dust and debris will make your home cleaner and offer you a beautiful look outdoors. If you live in a dusty climate, you may need to clean monthly rather than quarterly. Keep an eye on your window coverings and when they begin collecting dust, go ahead and clean them to reduce the amount of time needed to clean your windows.