Hey friends!! Have you missed me? I’ve had a slight case of Spring fever lately and have been busy getting a jump start on some spring cleaning. I recently took down our blinds in the office and EWWW! Let’s just say that having two dogs and a toddler in the house can really do a number on our windows, especially the blinds. If you ever wanted to know how to clean blinds the easy way, here’s my tips!
In the past, my method on how to clean blinds involved first, putting it off as long as possible, probably moaning and groaning a little bit about i,t and finally resorting to t the swiffer wipes. Cleaning and scrubbing every. single. slat. on our blinds. Talk about tedious and taking forever! Who has that kind of time or patience for that matter?? Maybe you, and I admire you if you do! ;)
So this time I decided to go the easy way to clean our blinds. Now, if you are into homemade non-chemical cleaning methods, then I totally admire you and want to be like you. Seriously, I want to learn your methods. Nonetheless, this post might not be for you, sorry! :) When you live with dogs, kids, and the grime on these blinds, I need the best and quickest way to disinfect and clean. I used some good ol’ fashioned bleach and water. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. (Safety warning: Bleach and all chemicals should always be kept strictly out of reach and access to all pets and children of all ages!) :))
We have a huge bathtub in our master bath and it worked perfectly for cleaning the blinds. I just mixed some bleach in with the hot water, and let the blinds soak for a few minutes. Drain and rinse extremely well. If you wanted to try a safer route, I recommend using vinegar instead of the bleach. That will be my next method. ;)
It happened to a warm day out when we did this, so we laid our blinds out in the sun as we dried them. And then we had a slight problem…
Somehow in the transporting of the blinds from the upstairs bathroom to the back deck, we broke one of the slats. Although I thought this was a great excuse for some new window treatments, I decided I better go with a DIY quick fix.
All I had to do was replace the broken slat with a perfectly good one! Luckily I had a couple of extra slats on the bottom of the blinds. I used the same technique to fix my blinds that is used when you need to shorten them.
Using a screwdriver, pop off the plastic buttons on the bottom of the blinds. (By the way, it’s best to do this while the blinds are hanging up.)
Then pull out all the extra string and remove the plastic button. I had to cut the pull cord to remove the plastic button. Cut just above the knot.
Then locate your broken slat in the blinds and slide the pull cord all the way out to that location.
Once the pull cord is pulled out (no pun intended) on both sides, you can easily slide the broken slat outta there and move a new one from the very bottom into it’s place.
Presto!! Then just re-thread the pull cord back through all the slats until you reach the bottom.
Re-thread the plastic buttons back onto the pull cords and tie a knot to hold it on.
Push all the extra strings back into the hole and secure the plastic button and you’re done!!
Now we’ll be keeping the faux wood blinds a little longer in the office. And with the quick cleaning we did on them, they look brand new!! No more sticky fingerprints or who knows what else!
Speaking of which, I did manage to paint the office this weekend! Here’s a sneak peek as we get one step further toward my inspiration room!
No more red room!!! I am so excited how a simple change of paint can have such a big impact! But there is still a lot to do in here. So if you are looking for me, you’ll know where I’ll be. :) And yes, I had a little photo-bomber in the picture, but really…who could ask her move???
Thanks so much for sharing your random facts with me last week! I had so much fun reading every comment and I feel so much better to know that some of you share the same quirks! We could seriously be BFFs! ;)
Hope you have a great week! Anyone else out there getting Spring Fever yet??
Update: I’ve had a lot of questions and even more suggestions on how to clean blinds including the real wood kind. Check out my post over on HomeTalk and read the comments for even more ideas and suggestions!