How to clean your blinds

If there’s one chore that people dread I’m pretty sure it would be cleaning the blinds. Whether you have faux wood, wood, fabric, vinyl or aluminum blinds most of us hate cleaning them! I decided to see if I could find some easy yet effective ways to clean all kinds of blinds so maybe we can all hate it a little less.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are one of the most popular types of blinds. If these blinds are just dusty using a vacuum with a dust brush attachment can make cleaning them a breeze! Simply close the blinds all the way, hold the bottom rail, vacuum one side, then turn the blinds over and vacuum the other side.

*Note- When using the vacuum make sure that the suction is on its lightest setting in order to avoid twisting or warping the slats. A handheld duster such as a Swiffer can also be effective.

If your faux wood blinds are in the kitchen though, they may have collected some grease and grime in addition to the dust. This will call for a bit more cleaning, but nothing that can’t be handled. Simply fill a small bowl with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, then use a clean microfiber cloth to dip in the bowl. Turn the blinds one way and wipe them while holding the bottom rail, then turn them over and clean the other side. The vinegar will take care of the grease and your blinds will be looking as clean as new.

Wood Blinds

Most wood blinds are treated with a special finish to repel dirt and stains. Wood blinds can be cleaned with a good quality furniture polish and a clean microfiber cloth. Spray the furniture polish on the cloth and wipe each slat individually, but avoid touching the cords.

For heavier cleaning you can use plain water, but you have be careful not to saturate the wood and wipe the excess water immediately because the water can cause spotting, discoloration, and warping.

Fabric Shades

Fabric shades are another type blind where your vacuum will come in handy. To clean and dust fabric shades and coverings use the dust brush attachment of your vacuum on a low setting.

Stains or grime on these types of blinds can be treated by using a sponge or microfiber cloth dampened with warm, soapy water. Blot the area as necessary, but be careful not to oversaturate and allow the shades to dry completely before raising them.

*Note- Extremely soiled fabric blinds may need professional cleaning.

Vinyl or Aluminum Blinds

There are a few different ways to clean vinyl or aluminum blinds. One way would be to treat them like the faux wood blinds and clean them by dusting and washing with a cloth. However if you have a lot of blinds in your home this option can be very time consuming, especially if there is grease in addition to the dust.

The other option is you can take down each set of blinds one at a time and let them soak in your bathtub with a bit of dish soap. Use a soft brush or sponge to go over both sides of the slats. After soaking, drain the dirty water and refill the tub with clean water to rinse them. Be sure to rinse away all of the soap suds in order to avoid spotting. After rinsing lay the blinds on top of a few towels to soak up some of the remaining water, then hang the blinds back up and allow them to dry completely.

Are your blinds dirty? Do you think cleaning them is tedious? Contact CHS to schedule your next cleaning service.

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