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How to Clean Window Blinds: The Quick and Easy Way

Blinds are a great design feature and can totally transform not only your windows but the feel and look of a room. To keep them looking fresh, they need to be regularly cleaned. How you clean them depends on what type and material they are, from wood to roller, to vertical.

Get an early jump on spring cleaning and learn how to clean window blinds the right way.

How to Clean Wood Blinds

  • Get rid of dust quickly using your vacuum and soft brush attachment.
  • You can use warm, soapy water (warm water and dishwashing liquid), if your blinds are particularly dirty. Make sure you squeeze a lot of the excess water from your cloth as to not saturate the wood. This will prevent spotting, discolouration and warping from occurring.
  • Turn the blinds one way and wash, then turn them the opposite way to clean the other side.
  • When cleaning horizontal blinds, work top to bottom.
  • Apply a good quality furniture polish. Spray the polish straight onto your cloth and wipe each slat individually. Try to avoid touching the cords.
  • Don’t have furniture polish? That’s okay! Many wood blinds are treated with a special finish to repel dirt and stains, which should help reduce the need for polish.
  • Once your blinds are clean, maintain them by using your vacuum, or even just giving them a simple wipe with a duster, every week.

How to Clean Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds need to be cleaned differently depending on whether they are made from fabric or vinyl.

For vinyl:

  • Clean your vinyl blinds like you would wood blinds. Skip the furniture polish and use the dishwashing liquid and warm water method instead.
  • If you have lots of sets of blinds to maintain, cleaning each slat individually could be very time-consuming. Instead, consider putting your blinds into the tub and gently washing with a sponge/mop.
  • Allow your blinds to fully dry before putting them back up and always clean vertical blinds from left to right.

For fabric blinds:

  • Get rid of excess dust using a lint roller.
  • If the blinds are stained, apply warm soapy water to the affected area and then allow to dry.
  • If the stain is very stubborn, you may be better off calling in a professional to clean them (or replacing them altogether).

How to Clean Roller Blinds

  • Vacuum regularly to avoid dust build up and discolouration to the fabric.
  • Unroll the blind fully until it is flat.
  • Just like your vertical fabric blinds, apply warm soapy water to stained areas.
  • Make sure the cloth isn’t too saturated, as this will cause more mess. Plus, your blinds will take longer to dry.
  • Again, if the stain just won’t budge, take your blinds to be professionally cleaned, or consider replacing them.

Fasada has other tips on cleaning your doors and other window coverings around your home.

While you’re cleaning, if you notice your blinds or window coverings could use replacement, or a style update, contact us at Fasada. We can take care of all your window covering needs.

Come visit us in Oakville for windows and doors to make your home more attractive, functional, efficient and secure, and window coverings to make every room warmer and more comfortable.

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