Window blinds are complex, having so many little spaces to clean. In this post, we’ll go over a variety of easy steps to cleaning window blinds to help you tackle this job as simply and effectively as possible.
Dust and Then Clean
Don’t try to dust and clean your blinds at the same time. That’s like trying to mop a floor without sweeping first. You’re not going to like the results, and it’s frustrating to clean but not end up with a clean surface.
Dusting Window Blinds
There are several ways to dust window blinds, depending on your blinds and your preferences:
- You can use a microfiber cloth or feather duster to manually dust each blind.
- Narrow spaces can be navigated with a sock or cloth wrapped around a ruler.
- Sturdier blinds can be dusted with a vacuum cleaner.
- Put a sock or cloth on your hand and run it along each blind, dusting both sides at once.
Always get both sides.
*Tip – don’t use hard chemicals on wooden blinds because they can damage the appearance and functionality of the blinds.
Most blinds can be best cleaned with one part water and one part vinegar. You’ll dip a sock or cloth in the mixture and wipe away at both sides of the blinds.
Wooden blinds will best be cleaned with one part vinegar and one part olive oil to combine cleaning and moisturizing.
Your blinds may have specific care instructions, so read any instructions received from the manufacturer.
Cleaning Very Dirty Blinds
If you’ve used the above methods and your blinds are still not clean, you need to take the blinds down and submerge them in a tub or large basin.
Fill the tub with warm water and the cleaning solution you used for the light cleaning. Put the blinds in the tub and let them soak for an hour. Then you can use a soft brush to scrub the blinds. Rinse them with cold water when you’re done.
Hang your blinds somewhere other than a window to let them dry, or hand dry them. Then put them back up on the window. If your window isn’t ready, because it’s being repaired or replaced, make sure your blinds are completely dry before you fold them back down.
Cleaning Schedule for Blinds
If you maintain a regular cleaning schedule, your blinds will be easier to clean.
Dust blinds once a week. Give them a light cleaning once a month. Deep clean them once or twice a year.
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