If you want to keep your blinds clean and pristine, the best thing to do is stick with a regular cleaning schedule. Dusting regularly (every week or so is great) with a soft cloth, microfiber mitt or even your vacuum’s brush attachment is an effective way to remove dust and dirt. If your blinds are really dirty, and you find that regular dusting doesn’t help, you can try spot cleaning them with a damp non-abrasive sponge or microfiber cloth dipped in warm water.
Most types of blinds can be cleaned in this way without much difficulty. However, for the very dirtiest of blinds, you may need to use a more powerful cleaner. If you do have to resort to using a stronger cleaner, be sure to follow the directions carefully to avoid damaging your blinds.
Wooden blinds are a popular choice for many homeowners because of their style, beauty and sophistication. But they can also be more difficult to clean than other types of window blinds. Whenever possible, you should clean wooden blinds by dusting them rather than washing them. If you do need to wash your wood blinds, make sure you have a plan in place to dry them thoroughly before putting them back up to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Vinyl and aluminum blinds can be cleaned the same as you would any other type of window treatment. Regular dusting is the best option, but you can also use a soft cloth or a microfiber mitt to wipe away any visible stains or marks. If you do need to use a more robust cleaner, you can try a vinegar solution. White vinegar is a natural, environmentally friendly and economical all-purpose cleaner that can safely be used on most types of blinds. It can also be used as a pre-treatment for tougher spots before you do a more extensive cleaning.
Another good way to clean your vinyl or aluminum blinds is by soaking them in a tub of warm water with a cup of white vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. Soak your blinds in this mixture for about 10 minutes, and then gently wash each slat with a clean microfiber cloth. Once you’re done, blot your blinds with a towel and let them dry completely before hanging them back up.
While it’s not recommended that you soak fabric blinds in your bathtub, you can often get rid of stubborn dirt and stains by soaking them in a mixture of equal parts warm water and bleach. Gently wash each slat of your fabric blinds with this solution, then rinse them with a cloth and warm water. After rinsing, you can either hang your blinds to air dry or use a blow dryer on a low setting to speed up the process.
These EvridWear gloves are a fan favorite for cleaning blinds because they allow you to use your hands to clean the crevices and nooks that your other tools might miss. These gloves are reusable, safe to machine-wash, and come in several sizes. In addition to being excellent for cleaning blinds, these handy little gloves can also be used to quickly dust picture frames, bookshelves and baseboards.