How to Clean Fabric Vertical Blinds

Clean your fabric vertical blinds to keep them looking nice and to reduce dust in your home. Well-maintained blinds keep the mechanics working properly by reducing build-up on the strings and gears. Regular cleaning of the fabric vertical blinds will also keep the fabric the same shade as when you purchased the blinds. Excessive dust and dirt build-up in the fabric fibres is difficult to clean and reduces your ability to keep your blinds looking their best.

Wipe all dust from the surface of the fabric vertical blinds with a clean feather duster. Shake the feather duster outside periodically to remove dust build-up.

Remove remaining dust from the blinds by running a vacuum with a brush attachment over the surface. The brush will loosen dust from the fibres for a better overall cleaning.

Spot clean any stains or marks by blotting with a towel moistened with warm water and mild washing powder. Blot with a dry towel to remove as much of the cleaning solution as possible. Avoid using hot water to prevent damaging the fabric.

Dust and vacuum the vertical blinds at least twice a month to keep them clean and to reduce dust build-up that darkens the fabric.


Avoid using paper towels or other paper-based products when cleaning fabric vertical blinds. These products leave residue on the blinds, making them look dirty. Avoid submerging the blinds in water or a washing machine. This damages the fabric and structure of the blind panels.

Things You'll Need

  • Feather duster
  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Towels
  • Mild washing powder
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Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.