How To Clean Your Blinds: Window Treatment 101


It is easy to overlook your blinds or window coverings while cleaning the house. Of course, it could be intentional, but for some others, it is because they do not know how to clean the blinds. Blinds are an essential part of the house. Use this guide as your go-to source for showing you the best ways to clean your blinds. Cleaning your window treatments, blinds, or shades depends on their material. Are they wood, vinyl, or fabric blinds? Keep reading for practical cleaning tips.


How do I clean fabric blinds?

Fabric cleaning does not require too much effort since fabric blinds rarely show dirt as wood and vinyl do. If you come across any dirt or stain, blot it with a clean rag dampened in soapy water, then allow the blinds to dry. If the marks or dirt are persistent, take your blinds to the dry cleaners. For regular cleaning, you can use a hairdryer. Set the drier to cool settings and blast the slats to remove dust from hard-to-reach surfaces effectively. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the floor afterward.

How do I clean wood blinds?

To give your faux-wood blinds a thorough scrub:

  1. Mix warm water and some dishwashing soap in a bucket.
  2. Take a clean sock or a microfiber cloth and dip it in the bucket solution.
  3. Use the dampened cloth or old-sock to wipe off each slat.

If your blinds are actual wood, use a moderate amount of plain water. You can also use quality-recommended furniture polish applied on a cloth directly. Saturating the wood while cleaning may damage the coating. Finally, dry the wood thoroughly to prevent moisture from soaking the wood blinds.

Don’t forget about vinyl window treatments.

There are different ways to clean your blinds. We recommend bathing your vinyl blinds if they are incredibly stained, greased, or too dusty. Fill your bathroom tub with warm water and mix with soap. Soak the blinds in the solution for a few minutes. Wash each slat with a cloth or sponge and rinse with clean, warm water to remove the remaining debris. Hang the blinds from the shower metal to dry.

If you don’t want to use water to clean your blinds to clean in between the blinds, try using this method. Look for a silicone or rubber sponge and without dipping it in water, run it over each slat to trap loose debris particles.

Is one method better than another?

Use either or all of the above methods to clean your blinds the next time you decide enough is enough. The secret to cleaning your window treatments, shades, or blinds faster is to use a vacuum to speed up the dust-picking process. A soft cloth, fighting spirit, vacuum, and clean water are the best ways to clean your blinds. According to, a trusted source for realistic solutions to everyday challenges, you can read about their “Dos and Dont’s of Cleaning Blinds” by clicking here. For more information about all things windows, click here to learn about Ameriside.

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