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How to Clean Window Blinds

Cleaning your window blinds can help to brighten your home and make it look great. But for many people getting their blinds clean can be a difficult chore. However, it might not make this task your favorite thing to do, but taking the following steps can make cleaning blinds a lot easier and help to keep your blinds clear of grime with a lot less effort.

What You Will Need
The first step in the process of cleaning the blinds is gathering the things you will need. They include a vacuum cleaner with attachments, a feather duster, some drop cloths, mild soap, a few dryer sheets, some antibacterial wipes, a spray cleaner, and a soft cloth. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re ready to start cleaning.

Step One
Use the feather duster to remove the light dust from the blinds. Using the upholstery brush with the vacuum cleaner or a soft cloth can also help. Rotate the blinds as you clean to remove the dust from both the front as well as the back of the slats.

Step Two
Using antibacterial wipes or a moist towel, clean any blinds which are lightly soiled. Use your thumb to rub the wipe or towel gently along the slats. Slide the rag back and forth while holding the slat in place. Be careful not to press too hard particularly if you have metal blinds. Too much pressure can cause them to bend and cause permanent damage. Some people find it easier to take the metal blinds off the window, lay them on a sheet outdoors, and use a hose to spray them. This isn’t recommended for wooden or fabric blinds. The water could ruin them.

For wooden or faux wood blinds, close the blinds and spray lightly with a cleanser and wipe them gently. Flip the blinds to the other side and do the same thing. With fabric blinds use the vacuum cleaner with the upholstery brush attachment and run it over both sides of each slat. For spots that are stained, use warm water and mild soap for spot cleaning.

Step Three
After cleaning the blinds, rub a dryer sheet along both sides of each slat. This will help to keep dust from collecting.

Using a feather duster to clean the blinds once every week or two will help to keep them looking fresh and clean until you’re ready to do another deep cleaning.

Bonus tip: To keep dust to a minimum, and lengthen the time between cleanings, have your carpets and floors professionally cleaned!