Roller blinds can become dull and dingy from an accumulation of dust, pollen and pollution. Vacuuming will remove some of the dirt, but cleaning will remove the dirt that is deeper in the fibres. It is not hard to clean roller blinds to bring them back to their original brightness. The job is much easier if roller blind cleaning is done annually during either spring or fall cleaning.
Remove From Window
Roller rods are attached to a bracket on each side of the blind. One side is a pin in a closed hole, the other side is a flat pin in a hole that is open on one side. Gently rotate and pull the side of the roller blind that has the flat pin out of the opening, and then pull the other side out of the closed hole.
Unroll the blind completely and vacuum both sides of the shade. If the blinds are made of plastic, a solution of warm water and dish soap will wash the soil off the plastic. Wash one side, then turn the blind over and wash the other side. Dry both sides well with a soft towel.
Fabric roller blinds can be cleaned with a solution of liquid dish soap or laundry soap and cold water. Test an area of the blind close to the rod to check for any risk of colour bleeding or fading. Do not test where the blind is attached to the rod if the rod is made of wood. The colour of the wood may bleed through and stain the fabric. Before washing the entire blind with the solution, allow the test area to dry completely, and inspect to be sure the solution will not cause the fabric dye to fade or bleed into other colours if the blind has a pattern.
A hand-held carpet cleaner with the soapy solution will work well to clean the roller blind. However, you can also wash the blind in the tub, rinse with cold water, and blot the excess water with towels to dry. Be careful not to get the rod wet so the colours in the wood cannot bleed, and the roller assembly may rust if it gets wet.
Replace in Window
Replace the roller blind in the window by inserting the round pin into the closed bracket hole and then the flat pin into the bracket with the open slot. Check the tension by rolling down the shade and then check to see if it will roll back up as expected. If not, remove the blind from the brackets and roll the blind on the rod. Re-install and try again. Repeat this process until the roller blind works properly. Roll the blind all the way down until it has dried thoroughly. Damp plastic blinds may stick together on the roller. Fabric blinds may mould if rolled up before completely dry.