How to Clean your Roman Blinds
If you have roman blinds in your home then at some point you are going to look at them and decide it is time to give them a clean. Roman blinds can collect dust in the fabric ridges where the rods are sewn in and as roman window blinds are often made of a softer fabric the dust attracted to them can often get ingrained in the fabric and make it look dirty. Dirtier still will be a roman blind made of a soft fabric in the kitchen. A roman blind in the kitchen will absorb grease and fat from the steam and vapours given off during cooking and will need to be cleaned regularly to avoid the build up of grime or even mould.
Having decided to clean your blind yourself, you will now need to know which is the best cleaning method to use. How to clean roman blinds most quickly and easily in your particular situation will usually be determined by the type of fabric your own blinds are made from. Roman blinds are most often made from softer fabrics so will usually need to be taken down to clean and so it will be a trickier task than cleaning other types of blind that can often simply be wiped clean such as a roller blind or venetian blind. It is therefore worth introducing a regular dusting regime for your blind as this will cut down the frequency with which it will need to be cleaned. Dusting your roman blind can be done by vacuuming with an upholstery attachment or by blowing over the blind with a can of compressed air and wiping with a feather duster.
The first thing to do therefore when planning to clean a roman blind is to establish what type of fabric it is made of. There are many roman blinds nowadays that are made from the same stiffer fabrics that are used to make roller blinds. As these fabrics are usually wipeable with a damp cloth you will be able to clean the blind without taking it down by simply unfurling the blind fully and then wiping the blind with a clean cloth making sure to rinse out any dirt from the cloth between wipes. The blind should then be left until it is fully dry before pulling it up again. If the blind is made from a softer fabric as most roman blinds will be, then you are going to have to take the blind down and wash the fabric in accordance with its fabric care label instructions.
The fabric care label on a blind should tell you whether the fabric can be washed in a washing machine, hand washed or must be dry cleaned. If there is no label or if you are in doubt then it is best to take it to a dry cleaners or to a cleaning professional who can advise you. They should also be able to do a test clean of a small sample piece of the fabric to check their advice is correct. Also be careful to check if the blind is made from more than one type of fabric, for example if a blackout lining fabric is present, as both fabrics will need to be suitable for the type of cleaning method you will use. Damage or shrinkage to one fabric will almost certainly cause damage to the other fabric as well.
Whatever method you use to clean the fabric, if you are taking the blind down to clean you will have to remove the fabric from the head rail and remove the rods, bottom bar and metal eyelets from the fabric. On some roman blinds this will be easier than others as the rods will be housed in Velcro pockets. However in most cases this will probably involve unpicking the stitching to remove the rods and eyes and then re-stitching everything again after cleaning.
If cleaning your roman blind is now looking like too onerous or complicated a diy project then why not pay for the service of a professional blind cleaning company. These companies specialise in cleaning all types of window coverings and will be able to take down, clean and rehang your blind for you in just a few days. Some will even do a same day service or even clean your roman blind in your home, and most offer a non-shrinkage guarantee. Many will also do any repairs that might be needed to your blind.