Window blinds are a common feature in homes across the world. They provide privacy and can add a touch of style to any room.
Unfortunately, dust and dirt can build up on your blinds over time, making them look dirty and stained.
If this happens, it’s important to clean them as soon as possible.
In this blog post, we will teach you how to clean your blinds like a pro using simple supplies that you probably have at home. We’ll also give you some tips on how often to clean your blinds, depending on the type of blinds you have.
How Do I Clean My Blinds?
Cleaning your blinds is a relatively easy task, but it’s essential to do it carefully so that you don’t damage the blinds. Supplies and equipment that you will need for cleaning blinds include:
- A soft cloth or brush
- A vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment
- Mild detergent or soap
- Cleaning gloves
Some people also use dishwashing liquid or vinegar when cleaning blinds for extra grease-cutting power. It all depends on your preferences and what you have on hand.
Simple Clean vs. Deep Clean
There are two different types of blind cleaning, a simple clean and a deep clean. We’ve differentiated the two types of cleaning below so that you can choose the best option for your needs.
A simple clean is a quick way to remove dust and dirt from your blinds. This can be done with a soft cloth or brush and doesn’t require additional cleaning supplies. Simply dust the blinds in an up-and-down motion until they are clean.
You can also dip your cloth in water mixed with white vinegar if the blinds are slightly more dirty. Just be sure to wring out the cloth so that it’s not dripping wet before you start wiping.
A deep clean is a more thorough way to clean your blinds and will remove any built-up grime or dirt. To deep clean your blinds, you will need to vacuum them with a soft brush attachment. This will loosen any dirt that is clinging to the blinds.
Make sure to read the care instructions for your blinds before you start cleaning them. Some blinds can’t get wet, and others may require unique cleaning solutions.
Blinds made of fabric and wood do not need to be taken down to be cleaned, but blinds made of aluminum or vinyl may need to be removed. If this is the case, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to remove and re-hang your blinds.
How Often Should I Clean My Blinds?
The frequency with which you should clean your blinds depends on the type of blinds you have and how often they are used.
For example, if you have fabric blinds in a room that is used frequently (such as a living room or bedroom), you will need to clean them more often than blinds in a room that is not used as much (like a guest room).
In general, we recommend dusting your blinds at least once a week to prevent dust buildup. You can do a deep clean of your blinds every month or two.
Cleaning Different Types of Blinds
Different types of blinds require different cleaning methods. We’ve listed some common types of blinds below and instructions on how to clean them.
Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wooden blinds are manufactured of a composite material that imitates wood in appearance. They are simple to clean and can be dusted with a soft cloth or brush and vacuumed with a soft brush attachment. If the blinds are filthy, wet them down with soapy water before wiping them down with a clean cloth.
For a deep clean, faux wood blinds can be soaked in a tub of soapy water. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse the blinds and let them dry completely before re-hanging them.
Woven Bamboo Blinds
Woven bamboo blinds are made of natural materials, requiring a little more care when cleaning. It is best to avoid soft cloths or brushes when cleaning these blinds, as they can damage the delicate fibers. Instead, use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to remove dirt or dust.
You can also take down woven bamboo blinds and soak them in a tub of water with a blind cleaner specifically formulated for natural fibers. Leave them to soak for about an hour before rinsing them with warm water and letting them air dry.
Venetian blinds are made of either faux wood or metal and can be cleaned relatively easily. Dust them with a soft brush or cloth, vacuum them with a soft brush attachment, or wipe them down with a damp cloth if dust and grime are particularly stubborn.
Dry cleaners that can be used on both faux wood and metal surfaces are also effective at cleaning Venetian blinds.
For fabric blinds, it is best to gently vacuum them with a soft brush attachment or dust them with a feather duster. You can also take them down and lay them flat to vacuum for a more thorough cleaning.
The trick is to regularly dust or vacuum them to prevent dirt and grime from building up over time.
Alternatively, you can do spot cleaning, which will remove any small stains or marks. Use a mild soap and a damp cloth for this. Blot the stain gently, and don’t rub it to avoid damaging the fabric. You may also opt to use fabric cleaners specifically designed for fabric spot cleaning.
It is also important not to handwash or machine wash fabric blinds, as this can damage or shrink the material. Soaking them in a tub of soapy water and using a sponge to gently clean them is best for this type of blinds.
After cleaning, hang them up to dry completely before rolling them back up.
Blinds are an essential part of any home, and they should be cleaned regularly to prevent dust buildup.
If you don’t have the time to clean your blinds yourself, a professional cleaning company can do it for you. They have the experience and expertise to make your blinds look new again.
Bailey Boys Services is a professional cleaning company that specializes in cleaning just about anything, including blinds. We’ve been serving Sacramento and the surrounding area for over 15 years. For a free quote on our blind cleaning services, contact us today.