The Easiest Way to Clean Window Blinds

You might be putting off cleaning your window blinds because it can feel like a big waste of time. After all, no matter how careful you are, dust seems to fly everywhere and settle right back in the very same spot. So it is understandable for you to ask yourself, “What’s the point?”

Well, blind cleaning is important for maintaining health levels of indoor air quality and comfort, as well as, extending the life of your windows and insulation. The problem you are having likely has to do with ineffective technique. Learning some easier and more efficient methods of cleaning might just motivate you to clean your blinds more often!

Keep reading to learn how to clean blinds without a fuss.

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Cleaning Window Blinds

Aside from technique, tools and products play a major role in the ease of window blind cleaning. Using a higher quality product or tool can mean all the difference when it comes to dusting blinds. For instance, a standard sheet of paper towel will not pick up dust and dirt; it will only spread it around some more. But if you trade out a sheet of paper towel for a microfiber cloth, dry sponge, or lamb’s wool duster, you will get more gratifying results.

Materials like microfiber rags and lamb’s wool dusters effectively pick up and hold on to dust particles. In addition to these materials, the process is made easiest when you follow up with a vacuum cleaner and brush attachment. Just be sure your vacuum basin and filters are clear before you begin. Quality products are another huge influential factor. A blind cleaner or shine product will provide a persistent luster, making your blinds appear cleaner for longer.

How to Get Started:

First use the vacuum brush attachment and suction across the blind slats from side to side. This will suction up all the loose dust and debris, making it easier to get a more thorough clean in the following steps.

Next, use your lamb’s wool duster, dry sponge, or microfiber cloth to firmly wipe off the slats, using the same side to side motion. If blinds are vertical, wipe from top to bottom in an up and down motion to prevent entanglement and breakage.

Now it is time to use your product. This can be an all-purpose cleaner or a product specially formulated and designed for cleaning blinds. Be sure the product is safe to use on the material of your blinds. Wood blinds will require a separate formula than vinyl or plastic blinds.

Apply the cleaning solution spray to a clean cloth and wipe each slat individually for a thorough comb-through. Just do not spray the cleaner onto your blinds, directly.

For Fabric Blinds:

If you have fabric blinds, you should take them to a dry cleaner. Wooden blinds should not be soaked in water or any other type of heavy solution. Take caution when cleaning wood blinds with a cleaner and do not let the wood get too wet.

For Metal Blinds:

Metal blinds need to be removed, taken outside, placed on a large blanket or rug, and power sprayed with a hose. Before spraying with a hose, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid and scrub the planks with a cleaning brush. Then rinse thoroughly with a hose supplied with clean water. Allow them to dry for 12 hours and then replace them back to their original spot.

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The 3 Biggest Differences Between Residential and Commercial Windows

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Often times, commercial property owners who need to replace their business’s windows are at a loss for words after they learn how much the project will cost. This confusion generally stems from making the mistake of comparing the price of commercial windows with the cost of residential windows. Why such a difference in price? There are many reasons, all of which vary from project to project depending on several factors, including quantity, square-footage, material grades, labor, and more.

However, there are 3 major differences between commercial and residential windows that you should know in order to better understand your final estimate. Continue reading to learn what these three differences are and how they impact the total cost of procurement.

❶ Commercial Properties are Internal Load Dominated Buildings

Internal load dominated building is a term used in the commercial construction industry to describe the solar heat gain potential of large, heavily-populated properties. Large buildings that have a large amount of people and equipment generate a lot of heat. For this reason, commercial properties are built using windows with specialized solar glazing that limits solar heat gain. Without these windows, commercial properties can expect extreme energy spending. Residential homes are envelope load dominated buildings, meaning they are not crowded nor do they generate excessive levels of internal heat. In fact, homes rely on sunlight as an assisted energy-efficient heating source.

❷ The North American Fenestration Standard Rating System

The North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) is a national window rating system. It is an important system based on several factors, including the ability to bear load, resist wind, and more. They are especially important for middle to high-rise buildings because they experience higher wind pressures and heavier loads. The NAFS includes four ratings: Residential (R), Light Commercial (LC), Commercial Windows (CW), and Architectural Windows (AW). Windows must meet these standards in order to be approved for commercial use.

❸ Manufacturing and Installation Require More

Because commercial grade windows are heavier and thicker, they require more materials for construction and custom manufacturing. This makes them more expensive compared to residential windows, which are smaller, less heavy-duty, and do not require specialized glazing or solar-resistant coating. Not only does the construction of these windows require more material (which costs more), they take more labor and specialized construction equipment (i.e. cranes, lifts, scaffolding, etc.) to install. This also increases the cost.

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