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How to clean fabric pleated blinds

Updated February 21, 2017

Clean fabric pleated blinds, while hanging, for routine maintenance. Remove shades from their brackets for tougher cleaning jobs. Stay away from using harsh cleaning methods, like strong detergents, dry-cleaning methods or spot removers, advises Bali, the maker of several types of fabric pleated blinds. Whenever possible, when not cleaning, keep shades in the raised position to maintain pleat creases.

Dust the blinds weekly with a feather duster. Move the feather duster lightly back and forth across the blind, starting at the top and moving to the bottom, to remove surface dust.

Vacuum blinds every six months with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Move the attachment back and forth across the blind, just lightly touching the blind with the vacuum attachment. Start at the top and work toward the bottom.

Remove the blind from the window to remove stains. Unsnap the blind from its brackets and then lay it on a towel on the floor. Mix a small amount of warm water and a mild detergent in a bucket. Moisten a sponge with the water and detergent mixture. Wipe the stain gently with the moistened sponge. Dab the stain until removed. Blot with a dry towel to remove excess moisture. Slip the blind back into its brackets on the window and keep it open to allow it to air-dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Feather duster
  • Vacuum with upholstery attachment
  • Towel
  • Bucket
  • Mild detergent
  • Sponge
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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.