The Ultimate Guide For Cleaning Window Blinds
It’s high time we take a look at our home’s window blinds. We often overlook them while cleaning or dread cleaning them because of the mess that can be made.
There is also that additional risk of cracking an individual blind if you scrub too heavily because plastic blinds become very brittle with age. Once you crack one blind, you might as well replace the entire unit. Big hassle.
Fortunately, cleaning your window blinds isn’t too difficult of a job. Figuring out how to clean your blinds basically boils down to knowing what material your blinds are made from and reacting accordingly. Most are made from wood or plastic. Let’s explore the methods used by some of our Houston maids.
Ready Your Supplies
The cleaning supplies you need for this job also depends more on the level of dust or grime that has built up. Regardless of what your blinds are made from, you will need a vacuum cleaner with hose attachment, microfiber rags (or extendable duster), and a bucket filled with a half gallon of warm water with two tablespoons of dish soap.
Depending on the condition of your blinds, you can either dry dust them sufficiently or fully wet wipe them.
Most of the time, you’ll be cleaning dust off of your blinds. If you keep up with this regularly you can stick with dry dusting without ever having to bust out the bucket of soapy water. First, open up the blinds completely so the light is shining through and you can address both sides simultaneously.
Working from top to bottom, run your duster or microfiber cloth laterally across each blind while making sure to cover the bottom side of the blind above it.
Start with the bracket that holds the blinds up before you work your way down to each blind. Once you dust the bottom level, run your rag or duster along the drawstring from top to bottom. Finally, use your vacuum cleaner to clean up any dust on the floor and windowsill.
Wet Wiping Plastic Blinds
If the blinds haven’t been cleaned in a while, then the layer of accumulated dust will be tougher to remove. Here’s how you can win your battle against heavy dust buildup. The process will differ if your blinds are made from plastic. Start off with dusting as well as you can with the process listed above to remove as much loose dust as possible. To be safe, you can remove the blinds from your window and carry them to your bathtub to contain the potential spilling.
Use a rag to soak up the soapy water in your bucket and don’t wring it out! You can use this wet rag to break up the dirt buildup on each individual blind. If your blinds are older, press down every lightly and let the soapy water do all the work. This process can take some time, so be patient and repeat the process if necessary. To prevent unsightly stains, you finish off by using a dry rag to clean off the soapy water and then hang them outside to finish with air drying.
Wet Wiping Wooden Blinds
The steps for cleaning wooden blinds are similar but you can scrub a little more heavily because wood is more durable. You still want to remove the blinds while you clean because you don’t want to make a watery mess on your window panes.
For your cleaning solution, use either a conventional wood-cleaning product, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap, or a homemade green cleaning product. Refrain from using watery solutions or from pouring water onto your blinds directly because water can stain your wood panels’ finish or cause warping.
In your tub, apply some cleaning solution to your rag and then wipe the blinds individually instead of pouring the solution onto the blinds directly. Feel free to scrub a bit harder than you would with plastic blinds.
BONUS TIP: Always run your rag or scrub in the same direction as the wood grain. That way if you accidentally scratch the surface, it won’t be as noticeable as if you scrubbed against the grain.
Once you’re all done, you can dry off the blinds with a dry rag and then hang them back up onto your window. That’s it! You’re all set. Now that you finished wet wiping your blinds, keep them clean level by dry dusting them periodically (at least weekly or every other week).