They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Though when it comes to offices and commercial properties, the windows tell people a lot about the professionalism of the people who work inside the building. Unfortunately, office window treatments, curtains, and window blinds are the sort of little thing that is easy to overlook. That is until they are dirty, dingy, and sending the wrong impression to your clients and customers.
If your office window treatments and blinds are dusty, dirty, and in poor repair, you need to know how to properly deep clean them. Once they are cleaned a few simple tips and tricks will go a long way toward keeping them looking nice. This starts with establishing a regular cleaning schedule that can be easily integrated into the rest of your office cleaning checklist.
How to Properly Clean Office Blinds
Let’s assume that you are staring at office blinds that are well beyond what some casual dusting can handle. In a scenario like this, the first step is to embrace a full, and proper deep cleaning of your office blinds.
It’s easy for dust and dirt to accumulate on the slats of the blinds, meaning they will need the lion’s share of the attention. Once this is one, and only after it’s done, can you stave off the need for another deep cleaning with a casual window treatments maintenance schedule.
How to Deep Clean Office Window Blinds
You can use the following steps to safely clean plastic and vinyl window blinds. It can even be used for glass window blinds. However, wood window blinds need a slightly different deep cleaning procedure.
- Step One: Use a HEPA filter vacuum with a gentle brush head to lightly go over the fascia of the blinds in a left to right motion. Pause for a moment near the holes where the drawstrings pass through the blinds.
- Step Two: Use a microfiber dust cloth to remove dust buildup from each individual blind.
- Step Three: Use a lightly moistened paper towel or shop rag to wipe down each blind. Pay close attention to any buildup near the drawstrings. You might need to use a cotton swab to get any tiny clumps that the microfiber duster or vacuum didn’t manage to capture there.
Causal Maintenance for Office Window Blinds
After your office blinds are wiped down and properly deep cleaned, you can take a more casual approach to prevent dust buildup. This calls for using a typical duster to give the blinds a once-over when you dust other horizontal surfaces in your office space. Having a maintenance type of blind cleaning schedule will keep your blinds dust-free and you can move on to other areas of your cleaning schedule.
How To Safely Clean Wood Office Blinds
Wood blinds need to be cleaned with a slightly different process. They tend to be more delicate than other window blind materials and are typically more costly to replace if they are damaged during cleaning.
- Step One: Extend the wood office blinds all the way down and turn them flat as if blocking the light coming in the window.
- Step Two: Use a HEPA filter vacuum with a gentle brush head to lightly go over the fascia of the blinds in a left to right motion. Stop and hold the brush head of the vacuum for a 3-count near the holes where the drawstrings pass through the blinds.
- Step Three: Use a microfiber dust cloth to remove dust buildup from each individual blind.
- Step Four: Open the window blinds so they are horizontal. This will expose the over-lapped edges of each individual blind.
- Step Five: Go over each blind again with a microfiber dust cloth.
- Step Six: inspect all the holes where the drawstring passes through. You might need to use a cotton swab to get any tiny clumps that the microfiber duster or vacuum didn’t manage to capture there.
- Step Seven: Apply a small amount of wood polish to a clean paper towel or shop rag. Make sure it is a type of wood oil that is specifically formulated for the type of wood your office blinds are made from.
- Step Eight: Go over each individual blind with the wood polish-infused paper towel. You might need to reapply or switch to a clean rag every five to seven blinds. The wood polish will both wipe away any trapped surface grime and dust, while also helping to treat and nourish the wood.
Seasonal Scheduling Window Blinds
Chances are that even with a routine dusting and cleaning schedule, your office’s window blinds will still need deep cleaning at least once if not twice a year. This can be part of your commercial property’s spring and fall cleaning schedule. The spring deep cleaning will remove winter’s dry dust from your office window blinds, while the fall deep cleaning will extricate any lingering traces of summer pollen.
How To Adjust Office Blinds During Cleaning
Deep cleaning office blinds is also the perfect time to make any adjustments. Whatever process you choose, you need to make sure to clean all areas of your office blinds by first closing them flat. Then you can reverse the blinds by switching the handle so the front and back surfaces are reversed from how you first wiped them. Drawing them up and down will reveal any inconsistencies in the drawstrings, which you can manually adjust according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Professional Window Blind Cleaning Services
The truth is, most office managers and commercial property employees have better things to do with their time than clean office blinds. Deep cleaning can be tedious and is exactly the sort of thing that’s easy to skip when other more important duties call.
That’s why so many office managers and commercial property owners outsource their office blind cleaning needs to a professional cleaning company like Building Services Inc. We have expert cleaning technicians who can handle all aspects of commercial property and office cleaning. Including deep cleaning office window blinds. We also include maintenance cleaning of blinds in our daily and weekly cleaning schedule for our contracted clients.