Vertical blinds can make a beautiful addition to windows or patio doors. To keep them looking their best, there is a bit of maintenance and care you'll need to perform. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your blinds look great for as long as possible.

Regular Cleaning

Dust and dirt can accumulate quickly on vertical blinds, leaving them looking dull and dingy. Regular dusting with a feather duster can help them stay clean, and you can also use a hair dryer on a low setting to remove layered-on dust. If you want to ensure that all of the dust is removed from each slat, consider wearing a knit glove or mitten to wipe them down individually. Avoid using cleaning agents, particularly if your blinds have a fabric finish.

Vane Savers

Even with the best of care, the individual slats can become loose or damaged at the top. The holes that fit into the blind clips can stretch or tear, but that doesn't have to mean the end of your blinds. You can purchase vane savers at your local hardware store to repair the slats. Vane savers slide over the top of the blind and create a reinforced area that attaches to the blind clips. It's a good idea to have a package of vane savers in your toolbox for whenever you might need them. If you find yourself in need of a quick repair but don'g have vane savers available, you can use large, heavy-duty paperclips as a temporary solution.

Track Maintenance

Over time, the track that holds your blind slats can become clogged with dirt or dust. This can make it difficult to open or adjust the blinds. You can use a damp cloth or a feather duster to gently clean the track, and you can also use a shop vac to remove dust from the track. If you notice loose clips, be sure to tighten them before vacuuming. This will prevent the clips from being sucked up with the vacuum cleaner. If you notice that the clips aren't moving along the track easily after cleaning, you may want to consider professional repair service. There may be an issue with the track that's preventing the free movement of the blinds.

If your blinds are situated on a patio door area, be sure that they are always opened before you open the door, as this will help prevent damage from people pushing aside the slats to get in and out of the home. The same holds true for opening windows that have vertical blinds as well. Take time every week or month, depending on your needs, to maintain your vertical blinds.