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How to clean blinds

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • Mild detergent
  • Cotton glove or sock
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About the Author

C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."