Miniblinds get dusty and grimy. Fast. Which is why windowblinds need to be cleaned regularly to keep them looking good.
But you don't have to pay a curtain cleaning service to clean them - you can easily handle window blind cleaning yourself.
General care for blinds should include weekly dusting or vacuuming, or blow-drying the surfaces to rid the slats of dust and dirt buildup. For deeper cleanings, you should clean your blinds by the type of surface.
To clean wood blinds, tilt the louvers almost all the way up, and wipe them with a cloth moistened in a mild solution, such as a few squirts of hand-dishwashing liquid in warm water.
Clean as far into the eyelet holes as possible at the end of each row of mini blinds.
But don't scrub too energetically: You may end up removing more than just a year's worth of grunge - you might also remove the surface design or color.
Then tilt them almost all the way down, and wipe again. This ensures that you clean the middle, too.
Don't get stained wooden blinds wet because this could damage the finish. Instead, clean them with lemon oil or a wood furniture cleaner.
Probably the most efficient way to deep clean vinyl blinds and metal mini blinds is the traditional method of taking them down and immersing them in a bathtub full of soapy water.
Rinse the mini blinds, and then hang them over the shower rod to dry.
Vacuum or dust vertical blinds regularly, especially along the floor. If you have pets, use a pet brush to remove pet hair.
Don't wash or dry-clean fabric vertical blinds. Cleaning fabric blinds is best left to a curtain cleaning service to prevent damaging the delicate cloth.
Clean aluminum and vinyl blinds with a damp cloth. Leave a light film of detergent on the vanes to reduce static electricity.
The painted finish on mini blinds is susceptible to both harsh chemicals and vigorous scrubbing. Be as gentle as possible while cleaning these miniblinds.
Some window shades, valances, and curtains are washable, especially if they aren't lined.
Before washing, examine for sun rotting. If they have rotted, don't bother washing them. Just replace them. If they're not washable, you'll have to defer cleaning these yourself, and instead have them professionally cleaned.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.