Tips for Cleaning Blinds

Blinds on windows can transform both look and functionality of a room. With so many beautiful styles and materials on the market today, you can take any ordinary window and turn it into a masterpiece. Because of the durability, versatility, affordability, and design options, more and more people are now using blinds. Sometimes, window blinds are used as stand-alone solutions while other times they are coupled with drapes. In either case, blinds make a great solution.

Cleaning Aluminum Blinds

Unfortunately, just as with anything, blinds get dirty. In this article, we wanted to provide some helpful tips on how you can keep your blinds looking new regardless of the material. For starters, aluminum blinds are still popular although they have been around for quite some time. The good news is that of all materials, aluminum is by far the easiest to clean.

Since the surface of aluminum blinds is smooth, dust and dirt wipes off without much effort. Typically, you could take a damp cloth and wipe the slats down for a good cleaning. Then in between, a duster designed for blinds works well. If you find the blinds in bad condition, you can fill the bathtub up with warm water and a little mild soap, washing the slats down, rinsing, and then allowing to air dry before hanging them back up. Vinyl blinds are washed the same way but make sure they can be completely soaked in water, following manufacturer's recommendations.

Wood Blinds

One of the two most popular types of blinds is wood and faux wood. Although they look and function much the same, the cleaning is a little bit different. For instance, with real wood blinds, you would not ever want to get them wet. This could cause damage to the surface, resulting in warping, twisting, cracking, or rotting. Instead, we recommend use a clean, soft cloth with dusting spray, a blind duster, or a brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. All you have to do is tilt the slats and cleaning is relatively easy.

Faux Wood Blinds

For faux wood blinds, you would find these to be a little easier to clean. Again, a dry rag, one sprayed with dusting spray, or a brush on a vacuum attachment works great. The difference from wood blinds is that most faux wood blinds can be washed down with a damp cloth. In fact, while you would not want to place them in a tub, you can use a bucket or warm water and mild dish soap to wash them while still in place. Just be sure to place a plastic garbage bag or drop cloth on the floor to protect it. In addition, sometimes, faux wood will have higher static electricity. A great tip is to rub a fabric sheet on the slats and the problem is eliminated.