If you’ve never cleaned your blinds, don’t worry; you’re not alone. Many people don’t even think to clean their blinds when sprucing up the rest of the house, but it may be something you want to consider adding to your seasonal cleaning list!
Even if you use them frequently, it’s quite easy for dust to settle into your blinds. While it’s not a task that needs to be done weekly, keep in mind that the more often you clean them, the less likely dust has to build up. Once every one to three months should do the trick.
There are a few ways to clean your blinds to make them look new. Some methods are more involved than others, so it depends on just how dirty your blinds are and how much time you’re willing to devote to this chore.
Thankfully, you don’t have to take your blinds down to give them a thorough cleaning. You only need a few standard household cleaning tools to have your blinds dust-free once more.
A simple microfiber cloth, glove, or duster will quickly remove any dust, dirt, or other grime that has settled into your blinds. A vacuum with a soft brush attachment is also a viable option. If you choose any of these methods, clean the blinds from top to bottom, as any dust not captured by the cloth or vacuum will inevitably fall onto the blinds below it.
For any stains or unidentified gunk, add some dish soap mixed with water to your cloth and give the blind a light scrub until it comes off. Don’t forget to be gentle. All of these methods should be safe for most blinds, but using too much elbow grease could bend or crack your slats, so be mindful of how much pressure you are using.
If you’re up for the task, removing your blinds is the best way to thoroughly clean them from top to bottom. While this doesn’t work for all types and materials of blinds, for most, the best way to clean them once removed is, believe it or not, by placing them in your tub. Simply fill it with water and dish soap and let them soak for no more than 20 minutes.
Once they’ve soaked, rinse them until all the soap is removed and lay them out to dry. Just be sure to wait until they are fully dry to re-install them.