It's no secret that most of us love the fabulous colors and simple designs of the wildly popular mini blinds.
It's the mini blind cleaning that we have yet to warm up to.
Whether your binds are mini, macro, wood, vertical, or horizontal, all have one thing in common: They're magnets for dust, animal dander, kitchen grease, and soot. And they have to be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year.
Naturally, by the time you notice the dirty blinds, it's no longer possible to clean the blind where it hangs. You can't do a thorough scrubbing job while dodging the window pane and trying not to ruin your wood floor or carpet - or trying not to damage the blind's cords.
Forget the wash blinds in bathtub routine: The quickest and most effective way to clean these vinyl and aluminum babies is to take them outside, lay them on a flat surface, and start cleaning.
Using a soft brush with soapy water (use powder laundry detergent mixed in warm water), gently scrub along each louver, taking care to clean as far in to the eyelet holes as possible at the end of each row.
Don't scrub too energetically; you may end up removing more than just a year's worth of grunge.
The painted finish on mini blinds is susceptible to both harsh chemicals and vigorous scrubbing. Then, flip to the other side and do it again.
After both sides have been cleaned, it's time to rinse away the cleaner. Hold the blind up or hang it on a ladder or clothesline and rinse it with a hose.
Shake to remove excess water and allow to air dry if possible, or wipe with a soft, clean towel and rehang.
If your water is hard - if you notice water spots on your dishes, your water is probably hard - rest assured it will do the same to your blinds. Instead, you'll want to wipe the blinds dry with a towel immediately.
To keep the buildup to a minimum, dust twice monthly with a lambs-wool duster or Masslinn or other dust-collecting cloth, or using your vacuum cleaner's wand attachment.
Tilt the slats all the way, run your duster of choice along the surface, then flip the slats the other way.