How To Clean Wood, Fabric and Vertical Blinds Quickly

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It doesn’t matter what type of blinds you have; at some point, they’ll need to be cleaned. Maybe you have vertical, fabric or wooden blinds, which are the three major types.

Cleaning for each type is pretty straightforward, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can remove the dirty and make your blinds look wonderful again.

Cleaning Your Blinds

First, you’ll want to grab your vacuum and use the brush attachment. Quickly go over the blinds with the brush. Make sure to run the vacuum across the slats as opposed to up and down. A lambs-wool duster will work very well when ran over the slats.

Start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Make sure you don’t use plastic dusters. When vacuuming or dusting vertical blinds, make sure you only brush downward because brushing upward can unhook the slats.

You can use a rubber sponge to remove residue and dust from vinyl and fabric blinds. All you have to do is wipe them with the dry sponge.

If you need to perform some spot cleaning, you can use a dry cloth and all-purpose cleaner. Spray the cleaner onto the cloth and wipe the trouble spots. You should never spray the all-purpose cleaner directly onto the blinds.

When cleaning wooden blinds, don’t be afraid to get them wet but make sure you don’t soak them. It’s better to clean them in place as opposed to removing them.

Basic Cleaning For Most Blinds

In most cases, you can use soapy water and a sponge. However, the cleaning method you’ll use depends heavily on how dirty the blinds are.

You will usually be able to wash them where they hang. First, you’ll want to make sure they’re closed, which grants you access to the dirt.

Dampen a sponge with warm water and run it along every blind. When you’re finished with the front, turn the blinds, so you can perform the same process on the back of the blinds.

If your blinds are exceptionally dirty, you’ll want to ring out the sponge quite often to make sure you’re not smearing the dirt around. You can get away with nothing but warm water if there isn’t too much dirt.

However, for serious dirt removal, you’ll want to use some warm, soapy water. If you have vinyl or fabric blinds, use a rubber dry sponge to remove dust.

Metal blinds can be cleaned outside, but they don’t have to be. If you have fabric blinds, and they become exceptionally dirty, you’ll want to consider having them washed at the local dry cleaner.

You should never try to clean your blinds with a car wash hose. Metal blinds can be washed outside using a small bit of dishwasher fluid, warm water and a brush. You’ll want to scrub the blinds until all of the dirt is removed.

Additional Tips

If you need to wash wood blinds, make sure you never soak them with water. It’s ok to wash them with warm water but be extra careful that you don’t saturate them. All excess water should be wiped away immediately.

Saturating the wood with water can cause warping and discoloration. Regardless of what type of blinds you have, try to vacuum them as often as possible. Use a brush attachment and make sure to vacuum across the slats and not up and down.

Another great tip is wiping them down with a fabric softener sheet once you’re finished drying and cleaning them. It will greatly postpone the buildup of dust. In the end, you’ll find that it’s far easier than you might’ve thought to clean those dirty, grimy blinds.