When moving out of a rental property, ensuring a thorough bond clean is essential for getting your deposit back. One area that's often overlooked is cleaning curtains and blinds. Dust, dirt, and mould can accumulate on these surfaces over time, making them unsightly and unhealthy. In this blog, we'll walk you through the steps to clean your curtains and blinds effectively, including removing mould so that you can pass your bond inspection with flying colours.
Before starting, inspect your curtains for specific cleaning instructions on the label. Some curtains may require professional cleaning, while others can be machine-washed or hand-washed. Remove any hooks, rings, or other hardware before cleaning.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove dust and dirt from the curtains. Gently run the brush over the curtains, paying close attention to seams and folds where dust can accumulate.
If your curtains are machine washable, follow the care instructions on the label. Use a gentle cycle and mild detergent to prevent damage to the fabric. Avoid using bleach, as it can cause discolouration.
For delicate or non-machine washable curtains, fill a bathtub or large basin with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Gently agitate the curtains in the water, taking care not to wring or twist them. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and gently squeeze out excess water.
Hang the curtains to air dry, either outside or indoors. Avoid direct sunlight to prevent fading. Once they're dry, carefully iron them on a low setting if necessary and rehang them with their hardware.
Use a microfiber cloth or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove dust from the blinds. For horizontal blinds, start from the top and work your way down, cleaning each slat individually. For vertical blinds, clean from left to right.
Fill a bucket with warm water and a small amount of mild detergent. Remove the blinds from the window and lay them on a clean, flat surface. Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean each slat or vane gently. Rinse the cloth frequently to avoid spreading dirt.
For blinds with mould, mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the affected areas and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. Gently scrub the mould with a soft brush or cloth, taking care not to damage the blinds. Rinse with clean water and pat dry.
Allow the blinds to air dry completely before rehanging them. If they're too heavy or cumbersome to remove from the window, you can clean them in place using the same methods. Just be sure to place a towel beneath the blinds to catch any drips.
Cleaning your curtains and blinds is essential to a thorough bond clean. By following these steps, you'll not only improve the appearance of your rental property but also create a healthier living environment by removing dust, dirt, and mould. A little effort now can go a long way in ensuring a smooth transition when it's time to move out and claim your bond back.
Ready to leave the hassle of curtain and blind cleaning behind? Why not let the professionals handle it for you? Our team of experienced cleaners is here to take the stress out of your bond clean, ensuring that every inch of your rental property, including those pesky curtains and blinds, is spotless and mould-free. Don't risk your deposit by going it alone – reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation quote and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your bond clean is in expert hands.
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