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Venetian Blinds-Care and
Care When handling venetian
blinds that are painted metal, use care not to bang slats against
woodwork or each other to prevent having paint scratched. Chipped
paint will expose the metal, detracting from the appearance and
shortening its life.
Never separate or bend slats
to peek through, to see outside. Use cords to tilt slats. Once a metal
slat is bent it cannot be rebent, but whole blind must be restrung and
a new slat added to replace the bent slat.
Cleaning with Vacuum 1. Tilt
slats of blind so they are closed.
2. Have a step stool handy,
if window is high. Start at top of blind.
3. Place one hand on blind to
hold it steady (to prevent banging against woodwork and chipping
4. In other hand, use dusting
brush of vacuum cleaner attachments; brush from center to right tape
and to left tape, dusting the center section of about 8 inches of
5. Repeat brushing from tape
to edge of slats on right side, then on left side. (Brushing all the
distance from end to end will cause blind to bang against woodwork and
chip paint on woodwork as well as on blind slats.
6. Repeat vacuum dusting for
each group of about 8 inches of shades until bottom is reached.
7. Reverse the tilt of the
slats and repeat on other side of slats.
Cleaning without Vacuum Using
the same caution not to bang slats against woodwork, dust each tilted
slat with a soft, dry cloth. (A damp or oily cloth will cause streaks
on the surface.
Clean, soft cotton gloves may
be worn on both hands for dusting surfaces of slats.
This information is for educational purposes and
is reprinted from the MSU Extension. This information is public property upon publication
and has been printed with credit to MSU Extension.