Easy to Clean Window Blinds & Shutters
If there’s one chore that seems to be dreaded above all others, I’m pretty sure it would be cleaning the blinds. Whether wood, faux wood, fabric, vinyl or aluminium, most of us HATE cleaning the blinds! It’s a time-consuming task and no one seems to be sure that they’re even doing it right!So, we have simplified blinds cleaning for you by quick and cleaning method which can be added on your regular cleaning to-dos - there’s no need to clean every slat one at a time or take the entire shade off the window. All you need are some simple tools and a few minutes to improve your view.
Material & Tools Required
Vacuum cleaner – soft brush/dust brush attachment
Microfiber duster (optional)
Dishwashing liquid / Vinegar
How to clean Vinyl and Aluminium Blinds
There are different ways to clean vinyl or aluminium mini blinds. You can start cleaning them by using a duster – or you can vacuum them.
Combine dish soap and warm water in a bowl. Wet a microfiber cloth with the solution and wring it out, leaving the cloth damp but not soaking. Dab the stain with the damp cloth. Do this multiple times depending on the stubbornness of the stain. Repeat with a clean cloth moistened with plain water and let the shade air dry.
How to Clean Wood Blinds
Vacuum blind gently with dust brush attachment or just use duster to start with cleaning process. Removing stubborn grime on wooden blinds can be tricky you may use a slightly damp (not wet) cloth, though. As wood is porous, be careful not to stain your blinds during the cleaning process.
- Add a couple of drops of Vinegar to a bowl of warm water.
- Gently wipe each slat, ensuring you don't apply too much pressure, as this could stain the wood.
- Once finished, keep your windows open so that any moisture quickly evaporates. When dry, your wooden blinds should be as good as new.
For best results, dust or vacuum weekly and your blinds will stay good as new all year long!
For cleaning fabric blinds we recommend them to vacuum regularly to avoid build-up and discolouration.
So, if you are dusting regularly, you will be OK. If you want to wash them and they are flat roller/roman 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 always test in an inconspicuous area first to avoid damage.
Tips & Tricks
No microfiber cloths on hand? Use an old (but clean!) sock, preferably acrylic or polyester.
If your vinyl or aluminium blinds are in the kitchen where they are exposed to grease, they may need a deep clean. Take the blinds off the window and place in a bathtub with warm water and dish soap. Let the blinds soak for about an hour. Rise with warm water and wipe away any excess dirt or dust. Let the blinds dry completely before reinstalling.
If your fabric blinds need more than dusting or spot cleaning, you can take them to the dry cleaner for a thorough refresh.
It's important to start at the top of the blinds when you clean, otherwise, dust will fall on areas you've already cleaned.
Vertical blinds can be cleaned using the same method described above. Wipe vertical blinds in a downward motion or they could come unhooked.
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