How to Clean Different Types of Blinds

Blinds are both a stylish and practical addition to any window. They keep the sun out and give your family privacy when you need it. Blinds also add to your home's value and elevate your decor. Unfortunately, as with everything else in your home, blinds can attract dust, dirt, and pet hair.

Maybe you've avoided purchasing blinds because you've heard that cleaning them is an arduous task.

Or maybe you have blinds in your home but aren't sure you're cleaning them the right way. Are you using the right products and methods? And how often do they need cleaning?

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Cleaning blinds is easier than you might think. You can use the cleaning tools you already have, so you just need a little know-how. Just follow these easy steps to protect your investment and keep your blinds looking new.

Step One: Prepare

  1. Determine what material the blinds are made of. Much of the cleaning process is the same for all types of blinds, but real wood blinds do require some extra care. (See below for detailed information on wood blinds.)
  2. Gather your supplies.
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A microfiber rag, feather duster or old sock
  • Mild dish soap
  • Wood cleaner (for real wood blinds)
  • A step stool or ladder, if you can't reach the top of the blinds

Step Two: Dust or Vacuum

You'll want to first dust off your blinds before you address any stubborn stains.

  1. Close your blinds. If the slats overlap at all, leave them open a crack.
  2. For vertical blinds, start at the top of each slat and wipe or vacuum from the ceiling to the floor.
    For horizontal slats, start at the top slat and work left to right.
  3. Flip the blinds and repeat the process.

You can vacuum with a soft brush attachment or use a feather duster. For smaller slats or deeper cleaning, an old sock placed over your hand works well.

Step Three: Tackle Stains

Most household stains will come off with warm water and a little elbow grease. If you need more cleaning power, try a drop of dish soap diluted in water.

But don't get the blinds wetter than you need to. You should use a damp (not soaking) rag. Be sure to wipe the blinds with a dry rag afterward.

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A Note About Vinyl Blinds and Aluminum Blinds

If you have vinyl or aluminum blinds in your kitchen, they may attract grease and other tough stains. If you need to, you can remove these types of blinds to make it easier to wipe down. Be sure not to fully submerge your blinds in any liquid as the headrail is made of steel and can rust.

Once you are finished wiping down your blinds make sure to dry them completely before hanging them back up.

Dos & Don’ts for How to Clean Wood Blinds

Wood blinds add character and warmth to a room, but they do require a little extra TLC.  When caring for wood blinds, keep these do's and don'ts in mind.

Do's For Cleaning Wood Blinds:

  • Dust with a dry cloth or vacuum often.
  • Use a wood cleaner and wood conditioner as needed.

Don'ts For Cleaning Wood Blinds:

  • Use cleaning products that aren't meant for wood. (Diluted mild dish soap is usually fine but consults with the manufacturer if you have any questions.)
  • Use too much water. Wood blinds can warp if they get too wet.

How To Clean Faux Wood Blinds

Today's faux wood blinds are almost indistinguishable from real wood. If your blinds were in your home when you moved in, you may not know which ones are. You can tell by looking closely at the grain. If it varies from slat to slat, you have real wood. A more uniform grain is found on faux wood blinds.

How To Clean Blinds: FAQs

Why should I clean my blinds?

Air pollutants like dust and pet hair love to collect on blinds. In the kitchen, grease can accumulate on blinds. Regular cleaning keeps both your home and the air that your family breathes clean. This is a must for anyone with asthma or allergies.

Blinds are often an investment. With proper care, blinds can last for many years and stay looking new.

How often should I clean my blinds?

You get to decide! But there are some rules of thumb. Blinds in high traffic rooms will need more cleaning than those in a guest bedroom that is rarely used. And as with any cleaning task, the more you do it, the less work it is.

Some people have peace of mind from giving their blinds a wipe down or vacuum each week. Others are okay with doing a deep clean once a month or when the seasons change.

What blinds are the easiest to clean or maintain?

The look of wood blinds is both stately and timeless. And some people just prefer natural materials. But, as mentioned above, wood blinds do need some extra TLC.

Faux wood blinds give your windows the look of wood but are easier to care for.

Do I have to take my blinds down to clean them?

Usually, you don't. Taking down blinds can be an arduous task, especially if you have motorized blinds. The good news, is you can clean your blinds without removing them from the window. But you might need a step stool to reach the top of higher placed blinds.

Ready To Learn More?

When it comes to blinds, there are so many options today, such as composite blinds and vinyl blinds. We'll help you choose the materials that are right for your home and your lifestyle. And, if you still have questions about how to clean your blinds, we can help.

Contact Budget Blinds today to schedule your free in-home or virtual consultation with your local design expert.