Cleaning of Blinds and Curtains: Vacuuming and Machine Washing By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

The curtains and the blinds in the home tend to accumulate a lot of dust. That is why they should be cleaned regularly, because dust gathered on them can quickly spread into the home atmosphere and pollute the air. Especially in areas where the air is known to be rather dry and dusty, regular cleaning of the curtains and blinds should be done not only to enable the home to become cleaner, but also to take care of the householders’ health. Vacuuming can be carried out on the curtains and the blinds, and some curtains can be machine washed, which is indicated on their labels.

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Curtains can be easily vacuumed by using the lowest suction setting. The strength of the air suction should not be high to avoid damage to the curtain fabric, especially with gentle fabric curtains. The upholstery attachment should be used to do the vacuuming. The direction of vacuuming should be from the top of the curtains to the bottom. If necessary, vacuuming can be repeated to be certain that all the dust has been eliminated.

Blinds are the other major culprit for the dust that spreads into the home ambiance. Before they are vacuumed to get rid of the accumulated dust, they should be closed in order to achieve a flat surface, easy to vacuum. Then the dust brush attachment should be applied to do the dusting. Like with the curtains, the vacuuming of the blinds should be from the top to the bottom. Afterwards the blinds should be turned the opposite way, and the other side should be vacuumed from the top to the bottom, taking great care not to hurry in order to enable the vacuum cleaner to suck in as much dust as possible.

The frequency of cleaning the curtains and the blinds in a home depends on the extent of dust present in the environment, and the dustier the environment, the more frequently the curtains and the blinds should be vacuumed. In general, it is recommended to vacuum the curtains and the blinds once a month, as a regular measure against the accumulation of dust.Cleaning of Blinds and Curtains

The curtains can also be washed to remove the dirt and dust, but then all the hardware should be removed from them, before they are inserted in the washing machine. The curtain label should be checked before the washing starts, to be certain that the fabric will not be damaged in any way by improper treatment. Spot testing in a corner of the curtain, applying water mixed with some detergent, can help to find out whether the washing will damage it. In general, most curtains that can be cleaned by washing have to be washed with cold water to which just a small amount of detergent is added.

The curtains and the blinds are not only the finishing touches to the home environment. They are also among the spots of the home which accumulate the most dust. Regular cleaning by dusting or washing is essential not only to keep them clean, but also to preserve their initial attractiveness. The more attractive they are the more your home speaks of regular cleaning which maintains your home in good and healthy condition. Living in that kind of environment is a pure pleasure.

Bio: Cindy Davis is dedicated writer with great flair for home improvement and home remodeling projects. She is currently focused mainly on the household cleaning and organizing field and therefore her present article treats exactly this them. Find some good tips for your home here: http://www.cleanershouse.co.uk/carpet-cleaning/SE17-carpet-cleaners-walworth.html

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