Tips on Washing Venetian Blinds

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Tips on Washing Venetian Blinds
Venetian Blinds (rainbow blind background image by Stephen Orsillo from

Venetian blinds are common fixtures in many homes. Although they are one of the most popular ways to block out the sun, they are not easy to clean. The small spaces between the horizontal slats allow dirt and dust to settle, but they don't allow for easy clean up. A few simple tips make washing Venetian blinds easier.

Wash Blinds in Bathtub

Wash Venetian blinds thoroughly in a bathtub. Start by covering the floor of the tub with soft towels so as not to cause damage to the blinds. Then fill the tub with enough water to cover the blinds. Place the blinds in the water and then add dish soap to it. Take a soft sponge and wipe away the dirt and dust from the blinds.

When they are clean drain the dirty water and rinse the soapy blinds with clean water. Set them out to dry by hanging them over the side of the bathtub or laying them out on dry towels. When they have fully dried rehang them over the window. Repeat this process every few months.

Tips on Washing Venetian Blinds
Thoroughly wash blinds in a bathtub. (bathroom image by Mat Hayward from

Dust Blinds Often

Blinds can get dusty pretty fast and you should dust them often. Release the blinds so that they hang their entire length and use a feather duster to quickly clean them. Dust every few days to get rid of loose dust and dirt particles. Every week or two remove the dust on each slat of the blinds using a wet wash cloth. Doing this will keep the blinds cleaner between bathtub washes.

Tips on Washing Venetian Blinds
Dust blinds with a duster. (duster image by Elena kouptsova-vasic from

Vacuum Blinds

Another method of removing the dust from Venetian blinds is to vacuum them. Close the blinds so that the slats lay flat against each other and vacuum them with the hand-held wand of a vacuum. Then open the blinds and vacuum the other parts of the blinds that have not yet been reached. Vacuuming blinds can replace dusting them, but should not replace washing them in the bathtub.

Tips on Washing Venetian Blinds
Vacuum blinds to remove dust. (vacuum cleaner image by vb_photo from

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