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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Cleaning Tips: Blinds & Baseboards


It's that time of  the year where most of my rooms feel like they could use a deep cleaning!  This week I started with my blinds...it took me 3 days, but my main level is done!  
This little lady motivated me...
She's getting to be just the right height to reach the blinds & she leaves all of her cute little finger marks in all of the dust!  She also puts her mouth right on the blinds attached to the french doors leading to the backyard...gross!  It was time to wipe them down!

How do you clean your blinds?

This is how I do it:
I start with an old sock...

Rinse it in warm water & ring it out so it is damp.

Slide your hand in the damp sock like a glove.

Now for the TEDIOUS part...
Take each slat between your fingers & your thumb & wipe away all of the dust! 
This will wipe the top & bottom of each slat at once.
(Every time I do this, I really wish I had plantation shutters with the WIDE slats. )
It would make this a lot easier & faster.
If your blinds are as dusty as mine were, you will probably have to rinse the sock out quite a few times.

Take it one window at a time or even one per day & they'll probably all be clean by the end of the week.
It isn't my favorite job, but it does feel great when it's done!
Next week, I'll start the upstairs...one step at a time!
Then every few weeks, I just take my Swiffer duster to dust them off  & that usually helps keep them from getting too dusty throughout the year.
Then usually ever spring & fall, I'll wipe them down with the damp sock.  It might not be perfect, but every little bit helps.

My next tip is for baseboards:
It's funny, but guess what cleans them off really good...
Baby Wipes!
I just go around the room & wipe the tops & fronts of the baseboards & you'll be amazed how much dust comes off! 
 I also saw a tip on Pinterest that said to wipe your clean baseboards with a dryer sheet & that it helps repel the dust from sticking to the baseboards.  I haven't tried it yet, but I will & I'll let you know how it works!

22 comments:

  1. Ugh, I hate doing blinds:( I'm very thankful we don't have many. I try to do baseboards when I mop.:)

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  2. i have 21 windows in my new apt so i should be done by next month lol thanks for the tip

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  3. Never heard the baby wipes or dryer sheet tip before...thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. Arrgh! Blinds are the worst! And we have the plantation blinds! I promise they aren't better!! At one point, I took them down each spring and took them outside, laid them down flat, and sprayed them off with the pressure washer. But, that was a lot of trouble, too. Oh well! I am thankful for a house to clean!!

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  6. Another great thing about cleaning is that you get to use any material available in cleaning as long as it doesn't put scratch marks on your walls. Cleaning blinds is very meticulous that is why when you decide to clean blinds, you need to be patient...

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  7. great idea! I see I'm not the only one who doesn't enjoy this job!

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  9. This is a very nice tip you have here. Blinds can be one of the most hard things to clean at home.

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  11. Thank you very much for these cleaning tips for window blinds. Furthermore, whatever cleaner you use, makes sure that there is no contact with your eyes and do not prolong the contact in your skin. Lastly, if you wipe down the slats of the blinds with fabric softener sheets after cleaning and drying them, you can postpone the dust build-up. This will give you a fresh and pleasant smell to the blinds.

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