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How to Clean Blinds & Shades

Apr 23, 2021

How to Clean Blinds & Shades

Cleaning blinds is one of those pesky household chores that often gets forgotten about. However, when blinds are left neglected, they can become soiled with dust, pet fur and other unwanted dirt. Figuring out how to clean your blinds is as easy as knowing what material they're made of and how dusty or dirty they are in general.

Plastic, Wood or Metal

Start by closing the blinds and gently wiping them down with a microfiber cloth, moving from the top of the blind down. (For horizontal blinds, wipe from side-to-side.) Hold the bottom of the blind in your other hand so it’s pulled away from the window. Adjust the blinds to open them, and run the microfiber cloth over them again. Then close them the opposite way and repeat. If dusting isn’t enough to clean your blinds, use a microfiber cloth dampened with warm water. (If you have wooden blinds, be careful not to get them too wet.) Vacuum any fallen dust using the vacuum cleaner attachment. For very dirty plastic blinds, remove them from the window and place them directly in a bathtub filled with warm water and a few generous squirts of dish soap. Let them soak for an hour, and then rinse with warm water and allow to dry. Finish them off by wiping away any excess dirt, dust or water.


For fabric shades, such as Roman or honeycomb shades, use the soft brush attachment and the low suction setting on your vacuum cleaner to go over the shades from top to bottom. For stains, spot clean using a damp rag and a fabric-safe cleaning solution to dab at the spots. (If spot cleaning is not enough to remove the stain, you can take your fabric blinds to the dry cleaner.) If you can't remember the last time you cleaned your blinds, you should probably add it to your to-do list! Clean blinds allow for a healthier home and will help brighten up your living space. Be sure to check out our wide selection of Blinds & Shades, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

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