The type of treatment on your windows determines how to clean your window coverings. Take the guesswork out of cleaning any style of window covering with these instructions. Window blinds are prone to collecting dust and dirt, and they aren’t the easiest home item to keep clean. Sometimes a quick clean with a sponge may be enough, but to keep blinds looking new, it’s essential to take them down and wash them properly a few times a year.
How to begin?
Weekly, use an electrostatic duster or a microfiber cloth to dust the blinds from top to bottom. Pay special attention to the top valance, which accumulates more dust. Repeat by tilting the blinds in the opposite direction. The slats of vinyl and aluminum blinds that commonly overlap should be bent downward but not totally closed, while wood and faux wood blinds can be completely closed.
All you need are a few easy tools and a few minutes.
- Gather your supplies
To clean the blinds, you’ll need the following cleaning supplies:
- Soft brush attachment for vacuum cleaner
- Cloths made of microfiber
- Dishwashing soap
- Warm water
- Baking soda
- Close the blinds
Begin by lowering the blinds completely. Wood and faux-wood blinds can be entirely closed; vinyl and aluminum blinds should be slanted downward but not totally closed because the slats sometimes overlap.
- Dust the blinds
To stabilize vertical blinds, grip the bottom of the blind in one hand. Initiating at the top and working your way down, wipe the blinds with a microfiber cloth. They may come unhooked if you wipe in a downward motion. With a smooth dusting brush attachment and a low suction setting on your vacuum cleaner, you may also eliminate dust. The procedure is the same for horizontal blinds, but you clean from side to side. Begin at the top slat and work your way down.
- Replace the blinds and repeat the process
Continue the process with your microfiber cloth or vacuum with the other side of the blinds facing you.
- Wipe down highly filthy blinds with a damp towel
Use a microfiber cloth soaked with warm water to clean your blinds if dusting isn’t enough. If you have wooden blinds, make sure they don’t become too damp.
- If necessary, do a deep clean
If your vinyl or aluminum blinds are in the kitchen, they may require a thorough cleaning owing to oil, residue, or tenacious dust. Remove the blinds from the window and soak them in a bathtub filled with warm water, dish soap, and a cup of baking soda. Allow for an hour of soak time before rinsing with warm water. Wipe away any excess dirt or dust.
- Excess dust should be vacuumed away
If you just wiped your blinds with a damp towel, open them and allow them dry naturally. While dusting, vacuum any residual dust that fell onto the windowsill or the floor.
When Should Your Blinds Be Cleaned?
How often should your blinds be cleaned? Your blinds should be cleaned once a month because they accumulate a lot of dust, filth, grease, and pet hair. This build-up is not only be unattractive, but it can also trigger a flare-up of internal allergies.
What are the essential tips and tricks to clean your window blinds?
- Clean your blinds on a regular basis
If you clean your blinds once a month, the dust will never accumulate. Blinds that are well-maintained should last for many years.
- Don’t you have a microfiber cloth? It’s no problem.
Cloths are wonderful, but an old clean! A sock can suffice. You may clean all of your window coverings by putting the sock over your hand and dipping it in water.
Dos and Don’ts for cleaning blinds
- Do not spray air freshener, hairspray, or any other sticky spray near your blinds as residue will accumulate over time.
- Do dust blinds before vacuuming or sweeping to ensure that dust is removed rather than dispersed throughout your home.
- Do not use water to get rid of the dust. Using a microfiber towel to catch the dust, dry it first. Water tends to make a bigger mess on a dusty surface.
Why cleaning your blinds is vital?
Blinds are a lovely addition to any home, and there are many various types of blinds to fit your own taste and demands. You’ll need to clean and maintain it to keep it looking new, whatever style or type you have in your home.
When it comes to cleaning blinds, they are sometimes forgotten once they have been placed. Although blinds are easier to keep than curtains, they still require cleaning on a regular basis. Have you recently been sneezing? The dust on your blinds could be the source of your allergies. Cleaning the dust that accumulates between your blinds is essential, especially as the seasons change.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.