How To Clean All Types Of Blinds Easily?

How often do you clean your blinds? To tell you the truth, I can’t remember when was the last time I did! I clean my windows regularly, but as for the blinds, I turn a blind eye on them! But for how long will I keep doing this? Sooner or later I’ll have to face them. So, I’ve done the research, and I’ve found the best ways to clean blinds and make that hassle a piece of cake.

Some wooden blinds on sunlight

If you feel like I do and you refuse to clean them, read on the tip-top cleaning tips and make them dirt-free and get them to look like you just install them. But, before I share with you the hacks for cleaning blinds, let me tell you a couple of important things you should know before starting the cleaning process:

  • Blinds consist of slats made of various materials (wood, plastic, fabric, etc.) and the blind mechanism. There’s a great danger of rusting the mechanism while soaking the blinds in warm water.
  • When vacuuming the blinds, always use the appropriate upholstery attachment
  • If you have fabric blinds, never wash them in the washing machine because they will wear down. Opt for a professional dry cleaner better. 

Keep these three pieces of advice in mind every time you clean them. 

It’s time to stop neglecting your blinds, get rid of the dust, pet fur and skin cells that cover their slats and give them back their dust-free shiny look. Different types of blinds, different slat materials and thus different cleaning ways. Find out the ultra cleaning tips that follow, and you’ll never put off again cleaning your blinds.

How to clean all types of blinds

Whether you have wooden blinds, fabric, plastic or any other type, there are some general tips to simply clean blinds of the buildup dust. 

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A microfiber cloth or a mini blind duster (it’s available online or at any hardware store) or even a feather duster.

The steps you should follow are:

Using a mini blind duster

A woman cleaning her blinds
  1. Let the slats open and with the duster wipe along from top to bottom.
  2. After dusting, vacuum any fallen dust. 

Dust with a microfiber cloth 

  1. Keep the blinds closed with the concave side facing you and wipe them using the cloth. Start again from the top.
  2. Now keep the blinds closed, using the tilt wand, with the convex side towards you, and dust again the way you did before (from top to bottom).
  3. After dusting, vacuum any fallen dust.

Note: While dusting, sure to start from the top to bottom so that anything that falls will be removed when cleaning the lowest slats

That’s how you can keep your blinds dust-free on a regular basis. However, if you have rather dirty blinds, you’ll have to do more. The cleaning methods though depend on the blinds’ type you have. 

How to clean wooden blinds

Wood blinds give a natural touch in houses. But they also get dirty, and they collect dust, skin cells and any other air dust particles. Most of the times, using a duster isn’t enough. If there are any stubborn stains, you need to do a deep cleaning to remove them. 

You’ll need:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A special cleaning product
  • A microfibre cloth

Then, do as follows:

  1. First, dust the blinds the way we mentioned above, to remove as much dust as possible. 
  2. Vacuum with a brush attachment to get rid of the leftover dust.
  3. Use a cleaning product and a microfibre cloth to wipe down both sides of the blinds.
A beautiful bedroom with wooden blinds

How to clean plastic blinds

If you have plastic blinds, you can clean them either by removing them off the headrail or not. If you don’t want to remove them, then use:

  • A bowl or a bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap 
  • 2 sponges
  • A microfibre cloth (if needed)

Now, follow the next septs:

  1. First, follow the simple tips to dust the blinds.
  2. Then in a bowl or a bucket mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water.
  3. Then add a little dish soap and stir until it dissolves. 
  4. Soak a sponge into the soapy water, wring it very well and wipe each slat.
  5. Damp a clean sponge then, with clean water and wipe the slats again to remove soap residue.
  6. Let the blinds air dry or wipe them with a dry cloth.

On the other hand, if your blinds are too dirty, you can clean them in the bathtub as well using a homemade cleaning solution. 

 Use:

  • Warm water
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • A sponge
  • A towel (if necessary)

Then, do as follows:

  1. Remove the blinds from the window.
  2. Fill your tub with warm water, pour ½ cup of vinegar and add ½ cup of baking soda.
  3. Soak the blinds and let them for an hour allowing the solution to work.
  4. Then clean them with a sponge.
  5. Rinse the blinds. Pick them up to drain the water away.
  6. Now hang them back in place and with a towel dry them. Or else you can let them air dry outside.  

Extra tip: When you put the blinds in the bathtub, be sure the water covers them completely.

Note: Before putting them in the water, read first the manufacturer’s guidelines and cleaning instructions. Many blinds types can’t be soaked in water due to the risk of the headrail getting rusty. 

A man opening some plastic blinds

How to clean fabric blinds?

Fabric blinds need little maintenance. The part you should be more careful, though, is the headrail where the mechanism is located. It’s the hardest spot to clean. 

But if there are any stubborn stains, then you’ll need:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Lukewarm water
  • A soft cloth
  • Mild detergent
  • A towel

Then, follow the next steps:

  1. Vacuum the vertical blinds using the soft brush attachment. 
  2. Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water and add a little amount of mild detergent.
  3. Soak the blinds into the water and while using a soft cloth, scrub them lightly to remove any scuffs.
  4. Once you’ve finished cleaning with soapy water, rinse them with lukewarm water again.
  5. Use a towel to remove the excess water.
  6. Put them back in place to air dry or place them on a towel.

Note: Avoid using very hot water. The adhesive (weights) and the glue between the blinds at the bottom side might melt. These weights hold the blinds in shape and place. So you need to be very careful!

A beuatiful room with blinds made of fabric

Can I put fabric blinds in the washing machine? 

Since you have fabric blinds, you might be wondering if you can wash them in the washing machine. The answer is yes, as long as the fabric is washable. Before putting them in the washing machine, dust them very well. 

What’s more, while they’re still hanging, you can roll them and place them in a special washing bag or a pillow to keep the fabric from snagging. Set the machine to the delicate setting and use a detergent suitable for blinds. Afterwards, hang them to air dry and never, never put them in the tumble dryer. 

How to clean Venetian blinds?

Venetian blinds might be made of PVC or aluminium, two materials that are dust magnets.
In case there’s buildup dust or other stains we’ve got a homemade cleaning tip.

Use:

  • A bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • An old sock

Then just:

  1. In the bowl mix equal parts of vinegar and water.
  2. Put the sock on your hand like a glove and dip it in the solution.
  3. Hold the slats and move from left to right wiping them softly.

However, if you want most in-depth cleaning here’s what you have to do:

  • Warm water
  • Mild detergent
  • A soft cloth

Next: 

  1. Fill in your bathtub with water and add the detergent.
  2. Soak the blinds and leave them for a few hours or better, overnight.
  3. The next day, rub them with a soft cloth.
  4. Rinse them with cold water
  5. Then hang them to dry. 
Some plastic blinds in front of a window that sees a garden

How to clean Roman blinds?

You can mostly see Roman blinds mainly in bedrooms, living rooms, hallways; rooms you don’t use a lot. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need cleaning.

So, to have your Roman blinds looking excellent and clean, you’ll need:

  • A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment
  • A damp cloth
  • A special fabric remover

Now:

  1. Start by vacuuming your blinds using the upholstery attachment in a downwards motion. This is the easiest way to clean them regularly.
  2.  If there are any stains, then after vacuuming clean them with a damp cloth.
  3. However, for extra stubborn stains, apply a fabric remover. Just, make sure that the remover is suitable for your Roman blind and always read the instructions.

Note: When you use a fabric remover on a dirty spot, then this spot will probably be lighter than the rest fabric. 

There are many people who prefer window blinds to curtains. They think that blinds make their houses cosier. When it comes to cleaning them, though, it might put them off, like me. 

However, things can be easier than you believe if you change a little your cleaning routine and habits. Whether the blind type you have, dust them at least once a week, as they collect dust and debris. 

For deeper cleaning, follow one of the tips shared with you in this article, depending on the type you have. Before applying, though, any cleaning solution, you should read the manufacturer’s guidelines to be sure that they can be cleaned or come in contact with water. Clean your blinds regularly and keep your windows looking beautiful!

A wonderful living room with blinds
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