Dust is one of those nuisances that every homeowner has to deal with one way or another. Some like to use dust covers for furniture that is rarely used, some dust every day, and many struggle to remember to dust once a month.
However, no matter what your dusting routine, it always seems to come back. While dust is a natural part of life, as there are always few harmless particles floating in the air, some homes are dustier than others. Why? Usually, the culprit is often unchanged or insufficient air filters and dusty vent covers.
Changing your air filter and installing a heavy-duty solution like Dust Goblin is an amazing first step to reducing the amount of dust and allergens floating around your home but it's also not the final step.
To truly clear the air, you'll also need to dust everything in the home that has collected more than a day or two of fluffy miscellaneous particles.
While surfaces and soft furniture are easy to tackle with a rag and the vacuum, there is one special hiding place for dust in your home that most find impossible to get completely clean: your mini-blinds.
The Dreaded Mini-blinds
While we're all used to them now, mini-blinds were once the height of home decor technology with a complex pulley system that strings and moves all of the individual slats together. Of course, these days mini-blinds are commonplace, somewhat aged, and incredibly dusty.
Even the most diligent home cleaners dread cleaning the mini-blinds because each curved slat is brittle, difficult to handle, and simply smears the dust around more often than now.
However, you can bet that all that grime on your mini-blinds is killer for your air quality and every time you open or close them, you release more old harbored dust. The good news is that there is now a better way to clean mini-blinds to stop them from spreading dust every day.
Start With the Vacuum
Some mini-blinds get so dusty as to be practically carpeted. They can start forming their own dust bunnies, get temporarily colonized by spiders, and create lint streamers from the accumulated dust.
The streaking problem you may have noticed occurs when too many layers of dust and grime are broken down and wiped at once. You may get the first layer or two with your cleaning solution, but the layers under that merely smear.
To give yourself a head start on the wiping, start with your soft brush vacuum attachment that you might use for curtains. Carefully use the vacuum to collect as much loose, dry dust off the mini-blinds as possible.
The Old Sock and Vinegar Trick
Now that your blinds are down to only a few layers of stickier dust, it's time to get serious. The trick to cleaning mini-blinds is to ditch the washrag or paper towels and use a tool that works with your hands.
Oddly enough, it's been found that an old sock made into a cleaning sock-puppet is your ideal tool. Simply put your hand in the sock, dip it into 50-50 water and vinegar solution, then carefully wipe down the slats one by one.
Rinse and squeeze your sock every few slats to renew your cleaning power and switch to a second sock if the first one gets too filthy. Finally, dry the blinds with another clean old sock and enjoy.
For most people, this could easily be the first time you've ever seen a set of mini-blinds that are actually clean. You may be surprised to discover their true color and quite possibly horrified to see just how much dust you can pull off of your standard set of mini-blinds.
However, with your task complete, you can now rest easy knowing that with a new air filter and a thoroughly dusted house, you and your family can finally breathe dust-free.
For more ways to improve the air quality of your home with the help of Dust Goblin filters, contact us today!