4 Easy Steps to Cleaner Blinds
Simple ways to clean your blinds. Cleaning your blinds is one of those tasks that is easy to forget about. Then one day you go to open or close them and you realize that the dust bunnies have taken up residence and multiplied. Thankfully, cleaning blinds is a simple task. Follow the steps below in our handy guide for all the ways you can get your blinds clean, as well as tips for cleaning blinds made of different materials.
1 | What You’ll Need
Simple ways to clean your blinds. First, gather up the supplies you’ll need. For a deep clean, gather supplies for both the basic and the deep clean, as you need both.
For a basic cleaning, you’ll need:
- A soft, microfiber cloth
- A vacuum with an upholstery hose attachment
For a deeper clean, you’ll need:
- A mild soap
- Two soft, microfiber cloths (one to apply your solution and one for drying)
For polishing wood blinds, you’ll need:
- Wood polish or oil
- A soft, microfiber cloth
2 | Consider the Material
Make sure that you consider the type of material that your blinds are made of. Metal, plastic and faux wood blinds are more durable and can handle more moisture and certain cleaning solutions better than wood and fabric. Avoid washing fabric blinds and only do spot treatments to remove heavier grime. Wood blinds also cannot handle high moisture and should be immediately wiped dry and never submersed in water.
3 | How to Do a Basic Cleaning of Your Blinds
Most of the build-up on your blinds is thanks to dust and can be cleaned with a dry cloth or upholstery attachment on your vacuum.
Metal, Plastic, Faux Wood and Wood Blinds: Close your blinds so that the back side (or concave side) is facing you. Working from the top to the bottom, run your cloth along the slats. Then tilt your blinds closed so the other side is facing you and again wipe the surface of the slats with your cloth. Once you have cleaned all the slats front and back with a cloth, use your upholstery attachment on your vacuum to remove any dust that has fallen and to remove dust from other parts of the blinds.
Fabric Blinds: For fabric blinds, you’ll use much the same technique as above; however, instead of running a cloth over the front and back of the slats, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to go back and forth on the front and back of the slats.
4 | How to Deep Clean Your Blinds
To do a deeper cleaning of your blinds to remove stubborn dirt and grime, first start with a basic cleaning of your blinds to remove as much dust as possible.
Metal, Plastic and Faux Wood Blinds: Create a cleaning solution by mixing mild soap with water. Wet down a soft cloth and squeeze out the excess water until it is damp. First run your cloth along the back side of your blind slats and then along the front side of your blind slats. If this method isn’t enough, take your blinds down from the window and fill your bathtub with warm water. Soak your blinds for at least 1 hour, then use a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining dust. Then wipe your blinds dry with a dry cloth or hang them outside to dry before placing them back in your window.
Wood Blinds: Create a cleaning solution by mixing mild soap with water. Wet down a soft cloth and squeeze out the excess water until it is damp. Test this solution in an inconspicuous spot on your wood blinds. If it does not discolor or damage your blinds, begin wiping down the slats both back and front and then run a dry cloth over them to remove excess moisture. Never submerse or soak wood blinds in water or they will warp and crack. Wood blinds will also require regular application of polish or oil to keep them from drying out and cracking. Apply the polish or oil to a microfiber cloth and run your cloth along the front and back of the slats.
Fabric Blinds: Avoid washing fabric blinds. To remove stubborn dirt and grime, spot treat with a simple cleaning solution of mild soap and water. Be sure to first test this solution in an inconspicuous spot to make sure that your solution does not discolor or damage the fabric.