You clean your windows regularly, but what about the blinds or shades that hide them? They, too, require attention, which is why you should know how to clean blinds. Window blinds, whether made of vinyl, wood, fabric, or aluminium, are effective at keeping a room cool, blocking out light, and offering privacy from nosy neighbours. And they can accumulate dust, pet hair, and other debris.
But don’t worry—you don’t have to wipe each slat individually or remove the entire thing from the window. To improve your vision, all you need are a few easy tools and a few minutes. Learn how to clean blinds fast and effectively, and make this a regular part of your cleaning routine.
- Gather your Cleaning Materials
First and foremost: To clean the blinds, you’ll need the following cleaning supplies:
- Soft brush attachment for vacuum cleaner
- Clothes made of microfiber
- Dishwashing soap
- a bath in warm water
- Soda (baking)
- Close the Window Blinds
Begin by lowering the blinds completely. Wood and faux-wood blinds can be entirely closed; vinyl and aluminium blinds should be slanted downward but not closed because the slats sometimes overlap.
- Make sure the blinds are clean
To stabilise Venetian blinds, grip the bottom of the blind in one hand. Starting at the top and working your way down, wipe the blinds with a microfiber cloth. They may come unhooked if you wipe in a downward motion.
You may also eliminate dust with a soft dusting brush attachment and a low suction setting on your vacuum cleaner. The procedure is the same for horizontal blinds, but you clean from side to side. To avoid dust falling on places you’ve already cleaned, work from the top slat to the bottom slat.
- Replace the blinds and Repeat the Process
Repeat the process with your microfiber cloth or vacuum with the other side of the blinds facing you.
- Use a damp cloth on heavily soiled Window Blinds
Use a microfiber cloth soaked with warm water to clean your blinds if dusting isn’t enough. If you have wooden blinds, make sure they don’t become too damp.
- Deep-clean Window Blinds if necessary
If your vinyl or aluminium blinds are in the kitchen, they may require a thorough cleaning owing to oil, residue, or tenacious dust. Remove the blinds from the window and soak them in a bathtub filled with warm water, dish soap, and a cup of baking soda (a natural stain fighter). Allow for an hour of soak time before rinsing with warm water. Wipe away any excess dirt or dust to finish them off.
If your blinds are still dingy and yellow, they’ve most likely been stained by the sun, which can be remedied as well. Put the window blinds in the tub with 3 cups of liquid bleach and cold water. Allow the blinds to soak for no more than 10 minutes before carefully rinsing and drying them. Bleach should bring out the new, dazzling white colour.
- Excessive dust should be vacuumed away.
If you just wiped your blinds with a damp towel, open them and allow them dry naturally. While dusting, vacuum any residual dust that fell onto the windowsill or the floor.