There are dozens of window treatments available on the market. When buyers want to brighten up their home, there is no better choice than soft sheer blinds that almost seem to glow when struck by the sunlight. Despite their delicate appearance, these blinds are quite durable and often do not need any cleaning beyond a light dusting, although owners must be careful when trying to remove spots and stains from them.
Sheer blinds are slightly opaque blinds designed to be light and airy. The majority of sheer blinds on the market use a knitted synthetic fabric like polyester, which makes them especially durable. Blinds come in several different styles, and include different parts, so it is important for owners to understand the terminology associated with blinds.
Manufacturers sometimes use the terms "slats" and "vanes" interchangeably, especially with sheer blinds that consist of several different fabric layers. "Vanes" sometimes refers to the interior fabric of horizontal blinds, while "slats" refers to the exterior lining.
Dusting Sheer Blinds
Blinds require a minimal amount of care. Dusting the blinds occasionally is enough to keep them clean. Owners should use a feather duster and run it along the vanes of vertical blinds and the slats of horizontal blinds. While dusting, if an owner notices a spot, then the blinds need additional cleaning.
When owners see a spot, they need to select a cleaning product carefully. Cleaning products that contain bleach, which includes most spot removers, do more harm than good since bleach can permanently discolour the fabric. It is not a good idea to use bleach on curtains either, for the same reason. The best thing to do is to use a fabric cleaner that is safe for sheer fabrics. Owners should always check the contents of the cleaner to make sure it does not contain bleach. The owner should then spray the cleaner on the spot and wipe it away with a sponge.
Deep Cleaning Sheer Blinds
There are times when the blinds need a complete cleaning. Pleated blinds, for example, sometimes start to lose their original crease, especially with heavily adjusted horizontal blinds. To fix this issue, owners need to remove the blinds from the headrail and take out any of the louvres. Then the owner should iron the pleats, while taking care to preserve the original crease.
Sometimes blinds also get dirty due to stains or the build-up of dust. In this case, they need a wash. Owners should first remove the blinds from the headrail and take out any internal louvres. Then they should wash them in the washing machine, using only one-half measure of mild, bleach-free detergent. This method is only possible for washing machines that have a delicate cycle, since blinds should not be washed on any other setting. Once the blinds have been washed, they should be air dried, and not put in a dryer. It may be necessary for owners to iron and re-shape the blinds before re-attaching the louvres and hanging the blinds back onto the headrail. Leaving the blinds in the open position allows them to dry quicker than if they are closed.
It is not safe to machine-wash very delicate blinds that contain several different types of fabric. Owners need to either clean them by hand using a sponge, or take them to a dry cleaner.
How to Buy Sheer Blinds and Cleaning Products on eBay
There are many listings for both sheer blinds and cleaning products available on eBay. Buyers can search for them by typing their names directly into the search bar found at the top of every eBay page. If they would like to remove a spot, they could search for "fabric cleaner", or if a heavier cleaning project is needed, a search for "mild detergent" should produce suitable results. A number of products will be listed, allowing buyers to choose which one best fits their needs. Sheer blinds really do not need anything more than an occasional clean to keep them looking their best for many years.