Cleaned the Dreaded Mini Blinds!

ghoghunterDecember 5, 2010

I've been working on changing a computer room back into a bedroom and today was the day I tried to clean the mini blinds. They were just coated with this black stuff. Anyway First I tried soaking in the bathtub with dishwashing detergent but it didn't seem to work very well. So I rinsed out the tub a refilled and put in a couple of big scoops of Oxi Clean. Wow! What a just soaked maybe 20 minutes and then I swished them off with an old wash cloth...they came out so nice. I did the second set with just the Oxi Clean and it worked like a charm. It is such a dry day with the heater running I just sat them up sideways in the tub and they dried in no time and are hanging back up already. I am now a total fan of the Oxi Clean!!!

Penney's had a big sale. It was Friends and Family Day and I ordered the mattresses and box springs too and bought all the bedding. I can't wait to get the whole room finished. It has to be done by Christmas for my Grandaughters to sleep in!


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I agree-bathtub soaking is the best way to clean dirty plastic mini-blinds. Glad you can recommend OxyClean.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2010 at 8:55AM
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OxyClean is amazing! My son came home from school and his tennis shoes were horrible. He was embarrassed to wear them anywhere because they smelled so bad. I thought I'd try to wash them before I ran out for new ones. They soaked in the sink for a couple of hours in OxyClean and then I tossed them in the washer and voila! good as new! It's also great for soaking sports uniforms that have spent way too much time in a locker!

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 9:46AM
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That black stuff on your blinds (and curtains and walls) is carbon and is caused by either burning candles, smoking cigs/cigars, fireplace or furnace that doesn't vent correctly.

Smoking candles cause so much damage that people need to know to use them only sparsely.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 3:29PM
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Well no one smokes here and I don't burn candles because of my Dad's asthma so it must be the oil furnace. It is vented to a chimney and we had the furnace and the chimney cleaned so I wonder why it is still black residue there. My sister said laser printers sometimes give off stuff too but I have an ink jet not a laser.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 4:01PM
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My recommendation for cleaning metal/plastic blinds is degreaser, a garden hose, a warm, breezy day. Mix up the degreaser in a one of those pump-up type sprayers and spray down the blinds. Hose down to rinse any dirt away. Allow nature to dry.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2010 at 11:42PM
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Mike..I would have cleaned them outside too except it is 20 degrees here now and the hose is put away until Spring! What is the degreaser you use?

    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 6:08AM
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