Window blinds are notorious for collecting dust bunnies. But regular vacuuming with a brush attachment or dusting with a microfiber cloth or glove can keep your blinds looking great.
To give fabric blinds a deeper cleaning, take them down and soak them in a tub of warm soapy water. Then, rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Close your blinds, and use a vacuum attachment with a horizontal brush to clean each slat. The slats should come out looking much cleaner, and the process will likely be faster than cleaning them by hand with a feather duster or a Swiffer (view on Amazon). You can use furniture polisher to clean faux-wood blinds instead of regular cleaners. Be careful not to over-saturate the wood as this can cause it warp.
Once the dust has been removed, wipe the blinds down with a microfiber towel. Microfiber cloths work best because they are designed to pick up dirt particles and hold them, rather than just pushing them around like a Swiffer or feather duster. Start at the topmost slat and work your way down, making sure to cover each slat completely.
Then rinse the blinds in hot, soapy water. Be careful not to saturate the wood, or it may warp over time, especially if you have wooden blinds in a humid area of your home. After cleaning the blinds, make sure to dry them completely with a towel. Too much moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow.
Hang your blinds up again to dry. If you have a window that allows it, you can leave them hanging outside to dry as well, but for smaller windows, simply hanging them over the back of a sofa will work just fine.
If you have large windows or blinds in high-traffic areas, it is a good idea for you to wash them every two weeks with soap and water, or a solution made of equal parts vinegar, and water. This will keep your blinds clean and prevent them from becoming dirty and dingy due to the accumulation of greasy dust. Be sure to dry them thoroughly with a cloth towel as well, to avoid spotting or streaking the blinds.
Soap and Water
You may need to get dirty at some point to clean your blinds. Whether you have aluminum, faux wood, vinyl or fabric blinds, you’ll need to use a little soap and water to get them really clean.
Vacuum your window blinds before you begin cleaning. This will remove all of the loose dust from the slats and make the rest of your job much easier. Attach the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner to your hose when you are ready to begin. Alternate between horizontal and vertical strokes as you work your way across the entire surface of the blinds. If you have a lot of stubborn dirt stuck in the slats, use your brush to gently scrub it away. Do not damage the blinds if you scrub them too hard.
If your blinds are fabric, you can use a mild detergent and warm water in a bathtub (or a washing machine if they say on the label that they can be machine washed). Check the temperature of the water before you start to ensure that it will not damage your blinds.
If you’re a fan of the natural clean, you can also clean your window blinds with a bit of white vinegar. Just be sure to test a small spot of your blinds with the solution before you apply it to the entire surface, and only use a very light touch so that you don’t fade or damage the fabric.
You can also give your blinds a quick cleaning between dustings by wiping them down with a damp microfiber cloth or an old, clean sock that has been wrung out to make sure it isn’t too wet. Wipe each slat of the blinds in turn, starting at the top and working your way down to avoid getting dust and dirt on areas that you’ve already cleaned.
You can also remove your blinds to soak in a warm bath with a mild soap solution. Test the soap solution on a small area of your blinds first before applying it to the entire surface. Allow the blinds to soak in the warm water for an hour, then rinse them and hang them to dry.
Try vinegar to clean blinds that require more than a simple vacuum and dusting. It is a natural, environmentally friendly all-purpose cleaner which won’t harm plastic, metal, or faux wood blinds. White distilled vinegar has a pH of 2.4, which means it is fairly acidic (though less acidic than your stomach juices or the liquid inside batteries). Vinegar makes an excellent all-purpose cleaner because it cuts through grime and dissolves sticky residue. To use vinegar on your blinds, just fill a bowl with half water and half vinegar. Then, dip a clean sock into the vinegar-water solution, slip it over your hand and start wiping down each blind slat. After every few slats rinse your sock with the vinegar-water mixture to remove any dirt that has accumulated. Then continue to wipe the slats.
You can also wipe down your blinds using a microfiber cloth that’s specially designed to actually grab and hold dust particles rather than just pushing them around. You can also reach difficult-to-reach areas with a pair of kitchen tongs. Wrap a microfiber fabric around each end to gently pinch each slat, and then lift it off.
Plastic and metal cheap window blinds often get caked with a combination of grease and dust that can be difficult to remove, particularly in a Perth kitchen. Make a 50/50 mix of warm water, white vinegar and dish soap to deep clean your metal or plastic blinds. Wet the sponge, wring out the excess water, and then wipe each slat down. Rinse your blinds and dry them with a soft, clean cloth or towel.
You can keep dust at bay by brushing your pets frequently and changing the filters in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system regularly. You can reduce the amount dust in the air by closing curtains and other window coverings and using ceiling fans instead of blowing dust around the room. Cleaning your blinds weekly with a duster or vacuum is a great idea to keep them looking new and to prevent allergies.
Like windowsills, light switch plates and ceiling fan blades, blinds are an easy item in the house to forget about until they’re covered in dust bunnies or have a streaked, dirty look. There are several ways to clean your window blinds without having to take them down.
The easiest way to give your blinds a quick and thorough cleaning is to run a vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment across each slat. Make sure the vacuum is on a lower suction setting and pay extra attention to any nooks or crannies.
The same can be done with a standard feather duster, a Swiffer, or lint free cloth. We recommend using a microfiber sponge or cloth that is specially designed to “pick up” dirt instead of pushing it around. If you have a lot of build-up, you might need to wipe down the slats a few times in order to fully remove the dirt and dust.
While some metal or vinyl window blinds can be cleaned with a spray bottle of water and a mild detergent, most fabric blinds are best taken to the dry cleaner. These are usually made of delicate materials like polyester or rayon, which don’t react well with most household cleaning products.
However, if you do have some stubborn stains or fingerprints on your fabric blinds, you can try mixing together a small amount of dish soap and warm water in a bowl. Dip a clean microfiber cloth into the solution and begin wiping over each slat, starting at the top of the window (if they’re vertical) and working your way down.
If your fabric blinds are still looking a little dingy after you’ve finished, try spot cleaning with a clean microfiber cloth and some dry shampoo or stain remover. Start at the top and work your way downwards, focusing on spots that have been stained by furniture in your home or other items.
It’s not always possible but it’s a good idea to send your fabric blinds for dry cleaning every few years. This is especially true if your blinds aren’t as durable as other window treatments. Just be sure to consult the care instructions for your specific fabric window blinds before taking them in for a wash.