Yes, you clean your windows regularly, but what about the window blinds? Do you regularly clean them too? Whether you opt for PVC or wooden blinds or window shades, they are a great way to keep your room cool, and they also provide enhanced privacy. However, just like any other type of window treatment, they can collect dust, dirt, pet hair, etc., and thus requiring cleaning.
But don’t worry because cleaning modern shades is pretty simple. With that said, let’s take a look at a
step-by-step guide that can help you clean your window blinds and shades.
Collect all the necessary materials
First thing first, you need to collect all the materials needed to properly clean the blinds, especially of an enclosed patio. These materials include:
- A vacuum cleaner
- Microfiber cloths
- Baking soda
- Dishwashing liquid
- Warm water
Close the blinds
Once you have gathered all the materials you need, it’s time to start working on your blinds. Start by lowering the blinds. If they are wooden blinds, you can completely close them. If they are made from vinyl or aluminum, you can tilt them downward but don’t close them completely.
Remove dust from the blinds
If you have vertical blinds, grasp the bottom of the blind with one of your hands to make it stable. Once you have done that, wipe the blinds with a microfiber cloth, starting from the top as you work your way down. This is to prevent the blinds from unhooking.
On the other hand, if you have horizontal blinds, the process is also the same except for the fact that you wipe from side to side. To prevent dust from falling on areas that you have cleaned already or on the expensive plants right next to it, you need to work from the top slat to the bottom ones.
Flip the blinds
The next step is to flip your window blinds to the side that’s facing you and repeat the above process.
This will help ensure that both sides are dust-free.
Use a wet cloth to wipe very soiled blinds
If you notice that dusting alone cannot thoroughly clean your blinds, take a microfiber cloth dipped in warm water and wipe the blinds. If your blinds are made of wood, make sure that you don’t get them very wet as this can damage them.
Deep clean if necessary
If your window blinds have stubborn dirt that won’t go away, you may have to perform deep cleaning. To deep clean the blinds, take them off the window and place them in warm water. Add a cup of baking soda and squirts of dish soap into the water. Let your blinds rest in the water for an hour, and then rinse them with warm water. You can complete the process by wiping away any dirt left on the blinds. Before trying this with your blinds, please check with your manufacturer on their recommended cleaning methods as some materials may get damaged by deep cleaning methods.