I was feeling slightly ambitious Superbowl Sunday (AM) and decided to clean the two windows in the hallway. There’s a small crank window at the top of the stairs, and a larger normal sized window to the right of the stairs. I took the screen off of the inside of the crank window and windexed it. I also soaked the screen in the tub and got all of the dust off of it. In order to windex the larger window, I had to take down the curtains and the mini blind.
Ew. Ew. Ew. Ewwwwwwww
There was literally about 6 lbs of dust between the curtains and the mini blinds. I threw the curtains in the washer. Then I took down the miniblinds to wash. I windexed the window.
Mini blinds just completely suck ass. They are such a pain in the ass to keep clean first of all. Second of all, when they do get dusty and dirty, they are impossible to GET clean. I have tried many techniques….nothing is effective as……………. . . ..
THROWING THEM OUT AND BUYING A NEW PAIR AT WALLY WORLD.
Seriously. They are 5 or so bucks. Why not? It saves you the aggravation of trying to get them clean. I guess that really isn’t a "green" thing to do, but I can’t think of a better way. I’ve tried washing them in the sink, the tub, with a garden hose and scrub brush, soap and water while hanging up, etc. My mom even used to own a special cleaning brush designed for miniblinds, using that thing only pushed the dust around thereby making the blinds look much worse.
I have a problem buying new miniblinds. Apparently, I must be a moron and do not know how to measure them properly. Right after I was laid off, my first order of business was to clean/get rid of all of the miniblinds in the kitchen. The dust bunnies on them were having dust bunny babies. One day when I was feeling ambitious (before the holidays) I measured all of the windows, and took a trip to walmart. I bought a size too small for the door in the kitchen. I ended up having to clean the original one that was hanging up and reused it. I got one correct size for one of the other windows in the kitchen…YAY, score one for me. Then I assumed since both of the windows were the same size to just get the same size for the other window. *AHEM* Bad Idea… For whatever reason, even though the windows are the same size, there was a larger mini blind on the other window. Does that make sense at all? Not so much. So I had to clean the original mini blind and hang it back up there. What a pain in the ass. Lesson of the day kids: have your husband measure the blinds before you buy them and be sure to measure ALL of the windows. You know what assuming does…(It makes an ASS out of U and ME)
Anyway, the blinds are now clean and have been hung back up, and the curtains are rehung. It looks clean in my house once again. Yay!
I think I want to buy Roman Shades from now on and be done with it. Mini blinds are the bane of my existence.