If there’s one chore that seems to be dreaded above all others, I’m pretty sure it would be cleaning the blinds. Whether the material they are, most of us just struggle a lot with cleaning the blinds! It’s a time-consuming task and no one seems to be sure that they’re even doing it right! Thus, I want to make it easier for you, so here you will find easy and effective ways to clean all kinds of window blinds. Keep reading!
1. Faux-Wood Blinds
Faux-wood blinds are one of the most popular types of window coverings. If they are just dusty, use a vacuum with a dust brush attachment. Simply close the blinds all the way, hold the bottom rail, vacuum one side, then turn the blinds the other way and vacuum the other side.
However, if your faux-wood blinds are in the kitchen, they may have some grease and grime besides dust. This calls for a bit more thorough cleaning. For this, you will need to fill a small bowl with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, and then use a clean sock or microfiber cloth to dip in the bowl. Turn the blinds one way and wipe them while holding the bottom rail, then turn them the other way and clean the other side. The vinegar will take care of the grease and grime, and your blinds will be looking as clean as the day they were put up!
2. Wood Blinds
Wood blinds can be cleaned with a good quality furniture polish and a soft cloth or clean sock. Spray the furniture polish on the cloth and wipe each slat individually. Avoid touching the cords. However, if you need heavier cleaning, you can use plain water, but be careful not to saturate the wood. Wipe excess water immediately to prevent spotting, discoloration, or warping.
3. Fabric Shades
You can also clean fabric shades with your vacuum. To clean and dust fabric shades and coverings, use the dust brush attachment of your vacuum on a low setting. Another tool you can use is a hair dryer. This will blow away any dirt from the creases or inside the honeycomb openings.
4. Vinyl or Aluminum Mini Blinds
About these materials, there are a few different ways to clean vinyl or aluminum mini blinds. One way would be to treat them like the faux-wood blinds and clean them by dusting and washing with a cloth. But, if you have a lot of aluminum blinds in your home, this option can be quite time-consuming, especially if there is greasy grime in addition to the dust.
If so, you can choose to take each set of blinds down one at a time and let them soak in your bathtub with a bit of Dawn dish soap. Use a soft brush, sponge, or soft mop to go over both sides of the slats. After soaking, drain the dirty water and refill the tub with clean water to rinse. Make sure to rinse away all of the soap suds to avoid spotting.
After rinsing, lay the blinds on top of a few bath towels to soak up some of the remaining water, then hang the blinds back up to allow them to dry completely. Once your aluminum blinds are clean, consider treating them with a dusting spray to discourage dust and dirt from settling on them.
5. Vertical Blinds
The process for cleaning vertical blinds will be much the same as the ones listed above, depending on whether they are fabric or vinyl. A lint roller made for clothing easily rolls over vertical blinds picking up dust and cobwebs along the way.