How to Clean Blinds


Window blinds can be easily forgotten about during the day-to-day cleaning, but it is important to clean your blinds at least once a year to prevent build up of dust, dirt, and grim.

Generally, there are a few common ways to clean blinds, including:

  • Dusting – Dust your blinds regularly to prevent dust build up. Do not use magnetic cleaners, such as dusting mitts, on light-dimming fabrics to avoid damaging the light dimming backing.
  • Vacuuming – Vacuum your blinds on the lowest setting with a brush attachment on the hose.
  • Blowing – Use compressed air or a hair dryer on the cold setting to blow dust off the slats.
  • Spot Cleaning – Spot clean stains and dirt with a soft cloth or sponge using a mild detergent and lukewarm water.
  • Water Immersion – Immerse the entire shade in lukewarm water with mild detergent and rinse with water. Water immersion should only be used on alternative wood blinds or aluminum blinds.
  • Dust Prevention – To prevent dust build up on your blinds, brush your pets often, change HVAC filters, and clean your ceiling fans.

While any of these cleaning methods can be used for most types of blinds, here are some tips for cleaning the different types blinds:

  • Vertical Blinds:
    • To dust your vertical blinds, use a feather duster, white cloth glove, or a wide natural fiber paint brush in up and down strokes to dust each vane individually.
    • To vacuum vertical blinds, fully close the blinds and turn them to one side. Slowly vacuum the individual slats on the lowest setting with a brush attachment from top to bottom.
    • To wash the blinds, use a wet sponge with mild soap and warm water to wash each vane in a downward motion.
    • To avoid damaging vertical blinds, always clean from top to bottom to prevent the vane from pulling out of the clip.
  • Horizontal Blinds:
    • To remove dust, simply dust and wash the blinds with a cloth or clean sock.
    • For deeper cleaning, take the blinds down and soak them in a bathtub with a mild detergent. Using a soft brush, gently scrub both sides of the slats. After soaking, rinse the blinds with clean water. Simply hang the blinds up to allow them to completely dry.
      • Pro tip: if you have a whirlpool tub, turn on the jets for a few minutes to reduce scrubbing!
  • Faux Wood Blinds
    • To dust, simply close the blinds and vacuum each side with a dust brush attachment on the lowest setting.
    • For a deeper clean, wipe each side with a 50:50 mixture of water and vinegar on a microfiber cloth or clean sock. Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents.
    • To reduce static cling, wipe the slats with a dryer sheet.
  • Wood Blinds
    • Clean your wood blinds by spraying furniture polish directly onto a soft cloth or clean sock, and wiping the individual slats.
    • For heavier cleaning, wipe with plain water. Avoid saturating the wood by wiping excess water to prevent spotting, discoloration or warping.
    • Do not use ultrasonic cleaning or chemical solvents!
  • Fabric Shades
    • To clean fabric shades or coverings, vacuum with a brush attachment on the lowest setting. You can also blow away dirt with a hair dryer on the cool setting or with compressed air.
    • For deeper spot cleaning, use a sponge or microfiber cloth dampened with warm soapy water without oversaturating. Allow the blinds to completely dry before raising them.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to properly clean your specific type of blinds, do not hesitate to call us today! Classic Window Coverings serves all of Bend, Oregon and the surrounding cities.