Besides giving you privacy and cooling down your place, window blinds add beauty to your rooms. However, dirty and stained blinds can make the freshest of rooms look neglected and worn out.
These window treatments can seem tricky to clean—they are vastly different from usual furniture and fixtures—so they are often overlooked. However, once you learn how to clean your blinds easily, you’ll never skip this task again!
How to properly clean your window blinds
Whether your blinds are slightly dirty or show stains in some places, you need to know the correct way to clean them. Avoid ruining your blinds and leave them spotless by following these easy steps!
Step #1. Get the dust off your blinds
The best way to clean your blinds is when the slates are facing you (in other words, close those blinds!). Then, grab a microfiber cloth or a duster and start wiping slate by slate from top to bottom—while wiping, hold the lower end of the slate to stabilize it.
Once done, switch the slates’ position to clean the other side.
Additionally, you can use a hair dryer (in a cool setting) to dust from hard-to-reach spots, such as your blinds’ header.
Pro tip: If you go with the duster, vacuum the floor below your blinds to clean the fallen dust!
Step #2. Remove stains
Now that your blinds are dust-free, you can take care of grimier spots. To do it, position the blinds so the narrow edge faces you. Next, dampen a microfiber cloth—or a non-abrasive sponge—in warm soapy water and clean all the stains.
Look for fingerprints, smudges, and marks and gently dab over them until they disappear. Avoid using too much elbow grease, or you could damage your slates.
How to deep clean your blinds
You’ll need a different cleaning method if the stains on your blinds are too much for soapy water or they are covered in grease.
To start, detach your window blinds and put them in a bathtub filled with warm water, a few squirts of dish soap, and 1 cup of baking soda. Then, let them sit for about one hour. After that, take out the blinds and rinse them thoroughly. Finally, dry them with a clean rag.
Pro tip: For sun-stained blinds, use a mix of cold water and 3 cups of bleach. Don’t let the slates sit for more than 10 minutes to avoid damage.
Prevent dirt in your blinds
Here are a few recommendations on how to keep your window blinds clean for longer:
- Frequently dust your interior window sills to avoid dust flying off and sticking to your blinds.
- After dusting your blinds, wipe them with dryer sheets—it will cover your blinds with a dust-repelling layer.
- Don’t use sprays near your blinds, as they can get sticky, making it easier for grime to form.
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