A Guide to Cleaning your Blinds
Having a set of stunning blinds is perfect, but what about when it comes to cleaning them? It is essential to ensure your blinds get the TLC they deserve to look their best. With the proper care and maintenance, you can continue to enjoy blinds which look as good as the day they were fitted!
Whether they’re vinyl, wood, fabric, or aluminium, window blinds have many benefits, such as keeping a room cool, blocking out light, and providing privacy from nosy neighbours (we all have one, don’t we?).
Unfortunately, they’re also great at collecting dust, pet hair, and other dirt which makes its way into your home. No matter how clean you keep your home, dust will always tend to settle on your blinds.
Tip: Avoid spraying air freshener, hairspray, and any other sticky spray near your blinds as this can cause residue to build up over time which could be tricky to remove.
But don’t panic—we aren’t about to tell you to clean one slat at a time or take the entire thing off the window! All you need are a few simple tools and a few minutes to improve your view. Trust us, it’s worth it! Here’s how to clean your blinds quickly and easily:
1. Gather your materials
First, you’ll need to gather the necessary cleaning supplies, including a hoover with a soft brush attachment (if you have one), microfiber cloths, washing-up liquid, warm water, and baking soda. No fancy tools are needed here!
2. Close the blinds
You should begin by fully closing the blinds. Wood and faux-wood blinds can be completely closed, but the slats of vinyl and aluminium blinds, which often overlap, should be tilted downward but not completely closed.
3. Dust the blinds
If you are blessed with vertical blinds, you should hold the bottom of the blind in one hand to stabilize it. Then, wipe the blinds with a microfiber cloth, starting from the top and working your way down. Remember to wipe in a downward motion, or they could come unhooked.
You can also use a hoover with a soft dusting brush attachment and a low-suction setting to remove dust quickly. The process is exactly the same for horizontal blinds, except that you wipe from side to side. We recommend working from the top slat to the bottom slat, so dust doesn’t fall on areas you’ve already cleaned. No one wants to repeat the job twice!
For layered fabric blinds, such as day & night blinds, we recommend avoiding using a hoover as this can affect the layers of fabric negatively through pulling and stretching due to the suction.
4. Flip the blinds and repeat
Next, flip the blinds so the other side faces you and repeat the process with your microfiber cloth or vacuum. You should now have both sides of your blinds dust-free!
5. Use a damp cloth on heavily soiled blinds
If dusting isn’t enough to clean your blinds, use a microfiber cloth dampened with warm water. Be careful not to get your blinds too wet if you have wooden blinds.
Some blinds used in a moist or humid room, or a window suffering from condensation, can eventually grow mould or mildew if it is regularly damp.
To remove this, you can place your blinds in the washing machine (if they are machine washable), or you can remove your blinds louvres, lay them on a flat surface, and spray a solution (distilled white vinegar, lemon juice and water) onto the mouldy areas. This should be left to soak for half an hour before being wiped clean.
6. Deep-clean if necessary
If your vinyl or aluminium blinds are in the kitchen where they are exposed to grease, residue, or stubborn dust, they may need a deep clean. Take the blinds off the window and place them in a bathtub with warm water, a few generous squirts of dish soap, and a cup of baking soda (a natural stain fighter). Let the blinds soak for about an hour, then rinse with warm water. Finish them off by wiping away any excess dirt or dust.
Note: If you have stained fabric blinds, don’t worry! We can help. We have a separate blog dedicated to cleaning stains off fabric blinds, which you can look at here.
We also have more information about washing vertical blinds specifically, which you can check out now here for specific details.
7. Hoover away excess dust
If you just ran a damp cloth over your blinds, open them and let them air-dry. Hoover any remaining dust that fell onto the windowsill or the floor while you were dusting.
How often should I clean my blinds?
We recommend cleaning your blinds once a month and dusting them weekly. By doing this, the dust will never get too bad! The more often you clean your blinds through dusting, the less often you need to have a deep clean. It is recommended to avoid deep cleaning your blinds too often as this can result in damage over time.
Blinds that are well taken care of should last for decades.
We hope you found our guide on how to clean blinds useful.
Want to learn more about cleaning your blinds? Fraser James Blinds would be happy to answer any questions you might have and are perfectly situated to offer high-quality blinds throughout Leicester, Coventry, and Northampton. For more information, give us a call today.