Blinds should be cleaned just as often as your windows. They also require care, which is why learning how to clean blinds is essential. In addition to keeping a room cool and hiding the light from peeping neighbors, window blinds are excellent at gathering dirt and pet hair due to their variety of materials (vinyl, wood, cloth, or aluminum).
But don’t worry—you don’t have to wipe each slat individually or remove the entire window sash to do so. Here, we’ll go through how to clean several types of blinds, such as wood, plastic, and aluminum. All you need are a few inexpensive instruments and a few minutes of your time to change your perspective. Clean your blinds with this simple procedure, and you’ll have a quick and easy way to keep them clean in the future!
How to Clean Blinds: What You Need to Know
The tools and materials you’ll need for the job are highly dependent on the last time you cleaned your blinds. No matter how long it’s been since you last tackled this project, you can pick up all of the necessary goods from your local supermarket or hardware shop. Before you go to the supermarket, have a look at this brief list. It’s possible you won’t require everything.
- Portable vacuum with a brush attachment
- Microfiber cloth
- Warm water
- Baking soda
- Dishwashing soap
The first step is to clean the blinds of any dust that has accumulated thoroughly. Portable vacuums with brush attachments are convenient because they are quick and easy to use. You can use a specialist duster, a microfiber cloth, or an old sports sock flipped inside out and worn as a puppet on your hand. Feather dusters, on the other hand, should be avoided because they disperse far too much dust.
If your blinds are horizontal, start at the top and wipe from left to right; if your blinds are vertical, begin at the leftmost slat and wipe from top to bottom, working your way to the right.
Could you put them in water to clean them?
Now that the dust has been removed, it’s time to clean each blind thoroughly. Warm water halfway in a bowl or bucket; add three drops of liquid dish soap to the water. If the scummy accumulation on your blinds has stained them significantly, add a spoonful of baking soda to the solution.
Utilize the solution to dampen a microfiber cloth, and then wring it out thoroughly to dry it completely. Twist each slat until it is entirely flat and tilts slightly toward you, allowing you to slip your fingers around it. Start at the top for vertical slats and the left for horizontal slats.
Pinch the cloth around each slat and pull it firmly to the other side to remove any debris or dust that remains. Rinse your cloth frequently as you go between slats. You’d be surprised at how dirty it becomes.
Don’t let them get Dirty!
Isn’t it as simple as removing the blinds so you can clean them? Maintain a regular dusting schedule to make the following cleaning operation even more straightforward. Even the dirt, grime, and dust aren’t exempt. Turn the shades up and move your vacuum or duster in an S pattern from top to bottom, starting at the top.
Additional Pointers and Suggestions
Cleaning your window blinds can be difficult if you don’t know how to do it correctly.
- Blinds should be cleaned regularly.
If you clean your blinds once a month, you’ll never have a problem with dust accumulation. Well-maintained blinds should last for decades (even though most only have a warranty of five years).
- If there’s no microfiber cloth, what’s the point?
It’s not a problem at all. An old (but clean!) sock works just as well as cloth. Slip the sock over your hand and wet it down to clean all of your window treatments at once.
- Shutters and fabric shades can be cleaned as well.
To clean your shutters, follow the steps given above exactly. Fabric shades, such as Roman or honeycomb shades, can be washed at home, but the procedure is different. Lower the blinds, and then use your vacuum’s soft brush attachment and a low suction setting to go over the blinds from the top down. Vacuum the other side of the fabric shade after you’ve finished the first. Also, be sure to vacuum the cloth shade’s reverse side.
You’ve nailed it this time. To clean your blinds, all you need is a few simple types of equipment and a little know-how. That’s why cleaning your blinds need not be a hassle; in fact, it’s simpler than you think.