Window blinds are notorious for collecting dust, grease, and residue. Here are several simple options for cleaning them thoroughly.
Windows blinds are wonderful for to helping to reduce drafts around windows, allow for privacy and add a nice touch to the decor UNTIL the day you realize they’ve collected dust and debris and that gray tint they’ve taken on means more work for you!
First, let’s address what NOT to do when attempting to clean blinds. Do not attempt to wash one slat at a time or spray them with a car wash hose, or dunk them in the tub. Likely the paint will peel of them a day or two following the cleaning and you’ll get stuck purchasing new blinds, or looking at ugly blinds with pits or chips in them.
If the blinds are well maintained and just need a simple touch up from time to time, place a clean sock over your hand, dip the tip lightly into vinegar (white), then lightly wipe the blinds to clean off any dust.
Cleaning Fabric or Vinyl Blinds:
Fabric and/or Vinyl blinds can be cleaned easily using a rubber sponge (which is also known as a dry sponge). Simply apply even pressure and swipe the rubber sponge across the blinds.
Cleaning Wooden Blinds:
The easiest way to clean wooden blinds is to add 1/4 cup Murphy’s oil soap to a gallon of water. Place an old sock that no longer has a mate over your hand, puppet style. Dip the sock into the soapy water and gently wash the slates of the blinds, ensuring that you’re not saturating them with water. If you’d like you can dry them as you go with another clean sock or soft cloth.
Cleaning Metal or Vinyl Blinds:
To properly clean metal blinds, you’ll need to remove them from the window first. Bring the outside and add a couple drops of dawn dish detergent to the blinds (just drip it right on them).
Using a soft bristled dishwashing brush or sponge, gently “wash” the blinds, then rinse. Flip and repeat for the other side. Rinse thoroughly. Lightly dry by running a soft hand towel over the slats to remove any excess water. Hang the blinds to dry.