Spring cleaning: How to properly clean your blinds

It’s that time of year again— spring cleaning! Grab your cleaning supplies and give your home the love and care it deserves (at least once a year). Blinds are popular window coverings that are seen in most homes, adding style and privacy. If you are wondering how to clean your window treatments, Budget Blinds has some tips and tricks to make this chore an easy one!

Wood Blinds

Wood Blinds in Kitchen

Gentle is key with these window treatments. Excess moisture is wood’s worst enemy, so avoid getting them wet. Dust them off using a clean soft cloth, a feather duster or a vacuum brush. Lower the blinds and tilt them until they are almost closed. Dust them off one slat at a time starting from the top and working your way down. Then reverse the slats and repeat. Allow time to air dry. Condition them with a wood conditioner to protect them against sun damage.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux Wood Blinds in Dining Room

Faux wood blinds are the easiest to clean because they are durable and resist warping. You can dust them just as you do wooden blinds, but you can also spot clean them using a mild detergent with warm water on a slightly moistened cloth, then blot dry. Once dry, run a dryer sheet along each slat to keep dust and grime from sticking for several months to come.

Aluminum and Vinyl Blinds

Aluminum Blinds in Bathroom

Lower the blinds and tilt the slats down, but don’t close them completely, or each slat won’t get entirely cleaned. Dust them off and spot clean stains with a mild detergent using warm water and blot dry. You can also attach the soft dusting brush tool to your vacuum cleaner and vacuum a few slats at a time using a side-to-side motion.

Fabric Blinds

Thoroughly vacuum the blinds with the dust brush of your vacuum cleaner to remove all dirt and dander. If fabric blinds are stained, spot clean using a little fabric detergent (clear) or dampen a microfiber cloth to blot the stain away. Let the blinds dry completely before raising them up. If the stains don’t come up, we recommend you take them to a dry cleaner.

Cleaning your blinds on a more regular basis will keep them looking as beautiful as the day you got them. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s guidelines when cleaning and use this as a baseline. With that said, happy spring cleaning!

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