How to clean blinds

Written by c. giles | 13/05/2017
How to clean blinds
Different styles of blind require different cleaning techniques. (Blinds image by Tasha from

Cleaning your blinds regularly prolongs their life and keeps your room looking fresh. Regardless of the style of blinds, no special equipment is required; it is likely that everything you need to clean your blinds is already in your kitchen cupboard. Generally, cleaning wooden and aluminium blinds is easier and quicker than cleaning fabric blinds, which you may want to bear in mind when choosing blinds for your home.

Roller Blinds

Wipe your roller blind down with a soft cloth dampened with lukewarm water.

Leave the blind unrolled until it has completely dried.

How to clean blinds
Any mild household detergent can be used. (Cleaning materials image by TekinT from

Apply a mild detergent to spot clean tough stains.

Roman Blinds

Remove the Roman blind from its rail, unstring it and take out the fabric rods and the bottom bar.

How to clean blinds
A vacuum cleaner can be effective for cleaning blinds. (brosse image by thierry planche from

Attach the upholstery tool to your vacuum cleaner and remove as much dirt from the fabric as possible.

How to clean blinds
A bath is a good size for washing blinds. (large bathtub image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Check the label on your blind. If it is washable, follow the instructions carefully. Make sure all hooks and other fittings are removed. If the blind is to be washed by hand, use your bath as this will give you plenty of room. Use a mild detergent with no bleaching agents or brighteners, allowing it to dissolve completely in the water before immersing the blind. Squeeze the blind gently, avoiding any firm rubbing, and rinse thoroughly. If your blind has a (P) symbol on its label, it can be dry cleaned.

Venetian Blinds

Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner and get rid of as much dust as you can. Doing this on a weekly basis will prevent a heavy build-up of dust.

How to clean blinds
A soft glove is perfect for dusting slat blinds. (black glove image by Melking from

Put a cotton glove or sock over your hand and run it across both sides of each slat on your venetian blind as often as you wish, for extra cleaning and polishing.

How to clean blinds
Wooden venetian blinds should not be washed as the water can damage them. (venetian blind. image by guiney from

Remove a metal or plastic Venetian blind if it is very dirty. Place it in your bath and cover it with water and mild detergent. Let it soak for at least half an hour before cleaning each slat with a soft cloth, paying extra attention to tough stains. Rinse before removing from the bath and laying it flat to dry. Wooden venetian blinds should never be washed; water can cause the slats to warp or discolour.

Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • Mild detergent
  • Cotton glove or sock

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