Cleaning Mini Blinds, Cloud Art, and Other Country Lore

A reader in Arkansas contributes a method of cleaning miniblinds, and reader in Washington an invitation to view "natural art," in this installment of a regular feature.

| October/November 1994

The following housekeeping tips and other bits of country lore were submitted by readers.  

Cleaning Mini Blinds

Miniblinds are a very popular window treatment and, like most people, we were clueless as to how to clean them. We tried vacuuming, dusting, and wiping them clean with towels. My wife still doesn't want to talk about the time I took them over to the car wash.

Well, here is an easy method that will give these popular shades new sparkle. Wash them in your bathtub.

If you have a shower curtain with a spring-loaded adjuster (built to accommodate a variety of shower widths), you're halfway there. If you don't, you can buy an adjustable shower curtain rod from your local discount store for just a few dollars. Place the shower curtain rod (minus the shower curtain) directly over the tub rather than along the side, and hang the dirty miniblind on the rod using the round ring holders used to keep the shower curtain in place. Then just spray the blind with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a sponge. Rinse, and they are like new again. They drip dry very quickly, but you might want to place a towel under them after rehanging to avoid water spots on the floor or window sill.

— Kent David
Vilonia, AR

Cloud Art

You're invited to attend a showing of divinely inspired sculpture by universally renowned artists. We are fortunate to have a local gallery that offers free parking, ample seating, and standard and reclining viewing areas. Simply visit an open space from which to view the clouds above. This work conveys its underlying message simply, yet eloquently. As with all great art, the feeling is powerfully portrayed, and since styles vary widely, each person will have little trouble finding those that have special, personal appeal.

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