Venetian blinds made from PVC or aluminium can be quite the dust collectors. You can use a microfibre cloth, but a clean cotton sock can be turned into a grime-busting hand puppet that gets the job done in record time.

‘There are some specially designed devices for cleaning individual blind slats,’ explains Blinds Hut ambassador Tudor Davies. ‘These are essentially like pincers with sponge on the inside that grip slats. Sliding these along a slat ensures the top and bottom are cleaned at the same time, saving time.