Window blinds can collect dust and debris quite quickly and if you’ve ever tried to clean them, you know that this isn’t the easiest task, particularly if you have a lot of window coverings or they are situated in hard-to-reach places. Here are some tips we have for properly cleaning and maintaining your window coverings so they look as great as the first day you got them!
- Quick Dusting: A feather dusters or Swiffer are gentle and easy to use on a regular basis to gather a relatively thin layer of dust that can accumulate weekly or biweekly. Simply open your horizontal blinds and run the duster between each blind to pick up dust on both the top and bottom of each blind.
- Vinegar Solution: If there is a bit of a build-up on your blinds, you can cover your hand with a glove or a sock and spray your open blinds with a half vinegar-half water solution. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before you run your covered hand over each blind to pick up dust and caked on debris from each side of it.
- Vacuuming: If your blinds just have a thin layer of dust on them, you may find it easier to vacuum them weekly to save time and to get to harder to reach places with your vacuum’s hose attachment and extensions. This is also useful if you have particularly dirty blinds as the first stage of cleaning so you’re not getting debris everywhere with the next cleaning.
- Sponge Wiping: You can clean your blinds when they are closed and where they hang using soapy water and a sponge. Make sure you wringe it out in between wipes to make sure you are continually using clean water or it can give your blinds a streaky appearance if they are particularly dirty. After you are done the first side, turn the blinds over to wipe the other side.
If your blinds are too dirty to do the above, at-home techniques, consider calling a professional so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of dismounting blinds and cleaning them in your shower. This can lead to blind damage and personal injury, and is best left to the professionals!