In commercial office cleaning one area that is often over looked are window treatments. They hang there over the windows collecting dust day after day, week after week, etc… It can go on indefinitely before anyone notices there is a problem.
I would like to give some general tips for cleaning a few different types of window treatments at the office.
Cleaning Metal or Plastic Blinds And Mini-blinds
First prepare your blinds by pulling the blinds all the way down, as far as they will go, and then close the slats in one direction. You can use a feather duster, old t-shirt, rag, or old socks as your tool of choice to accomplish this task. Start at the top of the blinds and work your way down wiping from one side to the other in a horizontal motion. Be sure to wipe every slat and that may require that you wipe one slat at a time.
Then, reverse the blinds by turning the dowel or crank and repeat the same process on the reverse side. This process will assure that you clean the entire blind or mini-blind.
After dusting completely here is a tip to help keep your blinds clean longer. Use an anti-static sheet that you use in your clothes dryer to wipe down both sides of the blinds. This will help repel dust and lint from settling on the slats of the blinds.
Cleaning Window Treatments Made of Fabric
Using a good vacuum with the appropriate attachments is one way to clean fabric laden window treatments. It’s nice if your vacuum has different speed settings to allow you to set it at a slower speed or you can use a smaller, hand-held vacuum for this task. This can help protect the life of your window treatments as you clean them.
You can try vacuuming your window coverings while they are in place but some coverings lend themselves to be vacuumed better by taking them down and laying them flat on the floor. Then you won’t be as apt to miss spots between the ruffles.
Another option for cleaning window coverings made of fabric is the washing machine. Be sure that you use the appropriate settings on your washing machine for the material you are cleaning and that the coverings recommended care includes washing.