How to Clean Fabric Vertical Blinds

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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Feather duster
  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Towels
  • Mild washing powder

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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