How to Care for Velux Blackout Blinds
How to care for Velux blackout blinds
Our wide selection of roller blinds gives our customers the best of all worlds, including blackout roller blinds. Suitable for windows of virtually any shape and size, they are especially effective in keeping light and light pollution at bay. Even better, like our blackout vertical blinds, they’re easy to maintain too.
To keep them looking their best, we recommend including them in your spring cleaning plans. To help you get started, we’ve prepared a guide on cleaning. It takes you through the trickiest part: how to remove Velux blackout blinds.
While some makes and models of made to measure blackout blinds require tools, such as screwdrivers, this practical Danish design makes the process quick and simple.
You simply need a bit of time and a ladder to ensure you can reach the casing. Always enlist the help of a spotter when working at heights to minimise the risk of accidents.
Begin by retracting your blind completely. Now, position your thumbs at the front of the casing and your fingers at the back. (They should be between the casing and glass.)
Grasping the case firmly, you will need to gently rotate the casing simultaneously upwards and outwards. It will appear as though you’re twisting towards the top of your window’s frame.
Do this until you hear a click. This is the sound you’ll hear when both catches are released – allowing for removal. With both catches of your blackout roller blinds released, simply slide your blind forward and outwards.
Special care should be taken to avoid forcing the movement. When it is forced, damage can occur to the clips.
Once the roller blind has been removed, it’s time to get cleaning. For the best results, we recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Cleaning Velux blackout roller blinds
Velux recommends three types of cleaning for its products: dusting, vacuuming and spot cleaning. With the latter two methods, special care is needed to prevent damage.
Vacuuming, for example, should be done gently, using an upholstery brush attachment. Spot-cleaning is possible using a soft sponge and a bowl of lukewarm water. The material should be dabbed – not rubbed – to prevent damage and creasing.
Magnetic cleaners, such as dust mitts, should be avoided at all cost with any room-darkening fabrics.
Blackout blinds and window cleaning
Just as you thought we were done. There’s one more consideration: how to clean the window itself. It may not sound like rocket science, but special care needs to be taken as directly spraying cleaning liquid onto the glass carries a real risk of your fabric being splashed with damaging chemicals.
Instead, the manufacturer recommends a different approach. By applying the cleaning fluid to the window via a soft cloth, you minimise the risk of accidental stains.
If you need further advice on any aspect of blackout blinds, get in touch. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of blackout blinds, we offer and support a wide range of products from leading manufacturers.