Blind Cleaning 101




There’s nothing particularly fun about cleaning your blinds, but it’s an important chore that should be done on a fairly regular basis to help promote healthy breathing and reduce allergens and dust buildup while maintaining the quality of your blinds.


Cleaning your blinds requires some finesse and careful maneuvering as well as the right cleaning materials. There’s no one way to clean blinds and many methods have been tried. You may find that one way works better than another for you depending on the sizes of your blinds, how high up they are, and what materials they are made up of as well as the relative ease and effectiveness of specific efforts.


Whether you have genuine wood blinds or faux wood blinds, it’s important to use a gentle cleanser and nothing that contains harsh chemicals that could damage the surface of the slats or cause discoloration or other damage.



Simple Dusting Method:

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to give your blinds a good cleaning, especially if they are somewhat new and haven’t had the time to gather too much dirt or dust. If this is your situation you might want to simply take a reliable vacuum with a handy brush attachment and go across each slat carefully. You can also do a quick dusting by using a specially made duster that comes with spaces for the slats to fit into as you move it horizontally across your blinds. These can be found at your local hardware stores or online. Others rely on static cling towelettes from the grocery store that attract particles of dust and dirt with ease. If you have fabric softener sheets lying about you can use these for a quick wipe down of the blinds as they have a similar effect in quickly grabbing excessive dust from the slats.



Warm Water Solutions:

Taking care to dust your blinds on a regular basis can really help prevent a buildup of dirt, but it’s still a good idea to take the time to wash your blinds for a more thorough cleaning from time to time. Some people wash their blinds every time the seasons change and others do it more regularly. One thing is for sure, if you notice visible stains and grime on the slats, it’s time to take a wet solution to those blinds and give them a proper cleaning.


Most of the time a simple wipe down with a soft, damp cloth should do the trick in removing dust and any splashes or marks. It’s important to avoid any harsh cleansers that might contain chemicals that can strip your blinds of their coloring or cause warping and bowing of natural wood blinds.


Vinyl blinds or aluminum blinds can be easily scratched, so take care to use a soft cloth when wiping them down.



Professional Care:

Often times there are either so many blinds in the house to clean, blinds that are hard to reach, or blinds that really require some thorough cleaning. In these situations, or even it’s just a matter of not having the time or patience to clean them yourself, you can rely on a professional to do the job the right way for you. It’s easier than you might think to accidentally break a slat or cord, miss spots, or even fall when trying to reach blinds that are high up, but professionals have all the necessary tools and experience for cleaning every type of blind. People with sensitivity to allergens or pet dander can really benefit from having their window coverings professionally cleaned on a regular basis and children’s rooms and general living spaces can be made much more inviting with the proper care. Truly equipped blind cleaning service providers will make use of  tanks to clean every nook and cranny of every small piece of the blinds and the mechanical pieces which will remove every bit of build up and debris and keep small parts functioning smoothly.