‘How do I clean my blinds?” Oh man, if I had a nickel for every time I got asked that question…
There seems to be two main schools of thought when it comes to cleaning slatted blinds (vertical or horizontal). The first, involves using a cloth, some dish liquid, water, a bucket and your hand – the second involves taking the blinds down, putting them in your bathtub, scrubbing them, drying them and then putting the blinds back up.
To me, one measure seems reasonable and the other extreme, any guesses as to which is which?
Now, I have never had anything so nasty on my blinds that it required me to remove them from the window to clean them. The thought behind this method is to get a thorough clean and for it to be easier to do. I don’t’ think this method is easier nor palatable so with that in mind, let me show you how to clean your blinds using a few simple tools.
I should mention that this method works wonderfully on aluminum, plastic or wood blinds – however, I wouldn’t recommend it for fabric blinds..which actually do need to be taken down, perhaps even unstrung, and ‘bathed’ in warm (not hot) soapy water, rinsed well and left flat to dry.
Non-fabric blinds: Let’s get started!
First thing we’ll do it get as much dust off the blind as we can using a duster – or better yet, a vacuum.
For horizontal blinds, work top to bottom, and for vertical blinds, work left to right, starting at the top and gently pulling down toward the bottom. Now, keep in mind, a lot of blinds are not hung correctly, meaning they may fall out of their brackets mid-clean. Just prepare for that. If you are using a vacuum, select a brush attachment, and if you are going to dust by hand you can choose one of several dusting tools including a proper blind duster like this one, a simple microfiber cloth, or even an old sports sock turned inside out and worn on your hand as a sock ‘puppet’. I find feather dusters throw dust around too much, so I avoid them.
Wash ’em Clean!
Add 3 drops of dish liquid into a bowl or bucket and fill with warm water. Take a microfibre cloth and dunk it in the mixture, wring well to the point of the cloth being damp-dry. Now, twist the blind slats so they lie completely flat, tilting slightly towards you (so that you can slip your hand in). Now, take your cloth, and starting from the top (for vertical) or left (for horizontal), pinch the cloth around each blind slat and wipe away dirt and dust by pulling the cloth to the other end of the slat. Rinse your cloth as you go, you’ll be surprised how dirty your cloth is going to get! If you have heavy staining on the blinds like grease, dead bug residue, dog slobber or nicotine, you can add a bit of baking soda to the wash (like a tablespoon), and that should help break down the scummy build up.
You may find this method to be a little easier for horizontal blinds. Start by gripping the middle of the slat, work your way out to one end, and then head back to the midpoint of the slat and clean in the other direction. It is simple, and of course requires patience.
If you have vertical blinds – the steps are the same except you will start at the top of the slat and work your way to the bottom..
Once your blinds are clean, you can maintain them by dusting on a regular basis using a simple duster or your vacuum – just turn the blinds upright and work from the top and make your way to the bottom..
That’s all there is to it and the best part is you don’t have to fiddle with your blinds by taking them down, waiting for the to dry and then putting them back up..
Cleaning Fabric Blinds
I don’t have any to demonstrate on, but what I do recommend is to vacuum them regularly to avoid build-up and discolouration. Dust attracts dirt, which leads to discolouration. So, if you are dusting regularly, you will be OK. If you want to wash them and they are flat roller blinds, completely unroll them, vacuum first, then use warm soapy water on a well-wrung out sponge and wash each side. Then, leave unrolled for a day or two and allow to dry. Remember to alwasy test in an inconspicuous area first to avoid damage, and for ‘accordion’ style fabric blinds, you might be better off having them professionally cleaned. You know me, if it’s going to be too challenging or time consuming, I say let the pros handle it.
I’ve got a question for the Clean My Space community – when’s the last you cleaned your blinds? and if try this method I want to know your results – so let me know in the comment section down below..
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