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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mini Blinds, Love Them Or Hate Them - Here's How To Clean Them Easily

Windows Everywhere!
    With many windows comes many blinds. That's a bit of wisdom for the day. I have seven windows in my RV that have blinds on them. Mini blinds...the metal ones. When I first bought the Aero Cruiser, I swore I was going to switch them to the cellular style with day/night shades and room darkening liners. I like the way they look and they don't rattle around when you're driving. Funny thing, I've grown accustomed to the metal mini blinds. Call me crazy, but they do work and you can sneak a peak outside without opening them.Still debating the swap-over. In the mean-time I had to clean them. This is not fun at all. Quite tedious actually. Every individual slat, top and bottom. Bleh. There must be a better way!

There is! And I've found it. Completely by accident! I was walking through a housewares store and stumbled upon the solution to the mini blind blues. It will clean 2 slats at a time with ease! And it really does a great job. It's called a FUZZY WUZZY not the greatest brand name in the world, and the bright pink is anything BUT masculine. I don't care! It works VERY well and I'm quite secure in my masculinity thank you. This beauty comes complete with 2 washable cotton/polyester blend to cover the tool's head and the tool itself. Using it is simplicity itself.

Before Application
After Application
Simply insert the "fingers through the slats (I pre-spray the slats with a cleaner) and squeeze the handle gently. Slide the tool across the slats, stopping at the strings. Skip the string (obviously!) and re-grab. Go all the way across each set of slats this way and you're DONE.

Easy. I did my whole RV, all seven windows in under 15 minutes. I still didn't like doing it, but before I became really annoyed it was finished. A fair trade-off. I've noticed there are a fair amount of clean-up jobs around the RV that I could do without. Maybe I can find tools like this to take some of the pain out of doing them?

Sometimes I can get really excited about the most mundane things. Anytime someone builds a better mouse trap that ACTUALLY does a better job (not necessarily catching mice, mind you) I'm happy. This is one of those times. I'll bet we've all had some great ideas like this and never acted upon them. While writing this i thought how great it would have been to have bought stock in an idea like this one. Ah well...back to the drawing board!

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"
www.thewanderman.com












4 comments:

  1. Yes, blind cleaner tools are great! I have used them for about 30 years to clean mini blinds. Saves a lot of work!

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    1. Anon,
      You know, I'd never seen one before the one I found at the housewares shop! The cleaning job went from a complete chore to just another PITA.

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  2. I just toss my mini blinds in the shower and hose them down with hot water using the hand held shower head. It's the same way I cleaned mini blinds when we had a house. I'm too lazy to mess with them more than that.

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    1. LMS,
      Isn't it a real pain to have to remove the blinds hose 'em down, dry them, then hang the, all back up?

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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