Top 8 Tips for Cleaning Window Blinds

Cleaning window blinds

Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to get your window blinds clean?

Every type of blinds come with its own preferred method of cleaning. With some careful planning though, and these 8 tips, you’ll be well on your way to dust free window blinds!

Keep reading for our 8 tips on cleaning window blinds.

1. Vacuum Your Window Blinds Often

First and foremost: Have you ever thought, “man, I wish I could vacuum my window blinds! That’d make cleaning so much easier!”

Well, you’re in luck. You can absolutely use your vacuum to clean your blinds. We recommend using the brush feature on your device to make the cleaning process hassle free.

Flip your blinds so the outward facing edges are facing you. And run the brush along the blinds from side-to-side. Don’t go up and down as that will disrupt the blind placements. It may also damage your treatments.

2. Get Some Rags Damp and Get Dusting

Do you have some old dishcloths or old socks just lying around, ready to be tossed in the garbage?

Well, don’t pitch them just yet!

Socks and old rags can have a second chance at life as cleaning tools. When using them to clean your blinds though, it’s a good idea to get them a little damp. Dry cloth doesn’t do the best job at picking up dust.

Just take your new old dust rag and run it gently along the blinds. Just like when you vacuum them, don’t do it in an up-and-down movement.

Wooden blinds should only be cleaned with slightly damp cloths though. Sometimes you can even used, pre-packaged wet wipes.

If you go a little overboard and it looks like they’re still a bit damp, don’t worry too much. Just go over the blinds with a dry rag and you’re good to go!

3. Clean Metal Blinds in Bathroom or Outside

If you’re looking for a deep clean and you have vinyl or metal blinds, consider taking your blinds into the bathroom.

You can also hose them off in the backyard if you don’t feel like trekking through the house with your blinds. Just make sure that whatever you do, you put a towel down beneath the blinds so they don’t get damaged.

Washing them with soapy water or even a little bit of vinegar will be enough to get the blinds clean.

Once you think they’re clean enough, just drape them over something to dry. If they’re in the bathroom, maybe try hanging them from the shower curtain rack. If they’re outside, just drape them over a table or chair.

4. Take Your Blinds to the Dry Cleaner

Cloth blinds provide their own challenges when it comes to spring cleaning.

Cleaning these window treatments beyond the occasional vacuuming or dusting can get complicated. Many companies recommend taking them to dry cleaners.

Luckily this probably won’t have to happen more than once or twice a year so it’s a really cost-effective way to get your blinds cleaned.

If you think your blinds need a quick clean or spot clean though, you can attempt to do it yourself. Try using a sponge and a little bit of water or soapy water. It’s a good idea to test this though on an inconspicuous section of the blind.

Once you’re sure it’s safe, go ahead to clean them!

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5. Fabric Softener Sheets Come in Handy

Fabric softener sheets are a great thing to have on hand when it comes to cleaning.

But they do more than making your clothes soft and sweet smelling.

When it comes to cleaning windows, take a couple sheets and run them gently over the blinds. The static they produce will keep dust from settling on the blinds.

This will help any future cleaning you do and it will also keep your blinds sweet smelling too! A solid win-win.

A good rule of thumb is to use some sheets on your blinds on laundry day. That way you can do multiple types of cleaning all at the same time!

6. Keep it Natural

You don’t need to pull out the heavy cleaners to get your blinds clean.

You should make sure to avoid baby wipes, alcohol, and cleaners with alkaline in them. Strong detergents and spot removers should also be avoided. All of these products can cause serious damage to your window treatments.

Simple dish soap and even vinegar mixed with water will do wonders at keeping your blinds clean. And they’re usually items you have on hand already. Keep it natural. And keep it simple.

7. Invest in Microfiber Cloths

Sometimes you have to go a step above the old stretched out athletic sock when it comes to cleaning.

If you think your blinds need a little bit more help, maybe consider investing in some microfiber cloths.

Microfiber will catch any dust and dirt immediately and keep it locked in place.

On the topic of fancy cleaning implements, maybe try mini blind dusters. These dusters are built specifically for cleaning the small spaces that make up window blinds. They can also be extended, making them great for tall window treatments.

Dry sponges also work well at cleaning window blinds. Just run the sponge along the blinds and wa-la! Perfectly clean. And no dust ball exploding out of your hand.

8. Try Cleaning Window Blinds When You Clean the House

The easiest way to keep up on cleaning blinds is to do it when you have tools like your vacuum out.

If you make it a practice to clean your window treatments when you do laundry or when you usually vacuum your living room, you’ll be able to knock a couple items off your to-do list at one time.

This way, you won’t have to devote an inordinate amount of time to deep cleaning your blinds every season.

Invest in Good Quality Window Treatments

Cleaning your window blinds can seem like a daunting task. So the next time you’re looking for some new window treatments for your home and you think blinds might be too hard to take care of don’t worry.

We offer a wide range of window treatments, all of which you’ll be able to take care of easily.

No matter what kind you choose, you’ll find the right set for your home.

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