Your Venetian blinds are great decor for your home. However, they get dirty and you may not know the proper way to clean them. Cleaning Venetian blinds is easy once you know how.
Step 1: Make sure you read all labels and know what type of blinds you have. Using the wrong product could be damaging. Test a small area before using on entire blind.
Step 2: Wipe off stains, sticky areas, and other eye-catching messes using window spray. Wipe dry with a towel or newspaper.
Step 3: Pull back or remove curtains and other things from around the blinds.
Step 4: Choose a method from the ones below.
Hand Cleaning Venetian Blinds:
- Move blinds to the shut position.
- Use a dust glove or a clothes dryer sheet. Paper towels can be used, but you will need to replace them as you clean.
- For wooden slats, you a dry glove. For other types, use a damp glove. Wet the glove with water or cleaning spray.
- Run fingers lightly over each slat. Start from the center of the slat to the right edge, then repeat for the left edge.
- Repeat on the other side by opening and shutting the blind the opposite way.
Machine Cleaning Venetian Blinds:
- Close slats.
- Attach a soft duster brush to the nozzle of your vacuum.
- Hold the blind as you move the attachment over the blinds.
- Vacuum from the center toward the right and then repeat the process for the left. Do this for each slat.
- When all slats have been vacuumed, repeat on the other side.
If you do either of the above methods a few times per month, this will keep the blind clean. If the blinds have not been cleaned for a long period, you should deep clean them following the steps below. The deep cleaning method should be done once or twice a year to keep your Venetian blinds looking new. The deep clean method is only for non-wooden slats.
Deep Method for Cleaning Venetian Blinds
- Lower the blinds completely and shut the slats.
- Remove the blinds from the window. You may need to refer to the instruction manual that came with your blinds. If there are any screws or other small pieces, gather them together in a pile for when you return the blinds.
- Place the entire blind in the bottom of the bathtub. If the entire blind does not fit, you may fold it over itself gently. Cover the entire blind with warm water and add a cleaning solution. This can either be bleach or dish detergent. Remember to follow directions on all labels.
- Let the blind soak for at least half an hour. Gently scrub the blind with a soft cleaning brush. You can also use a toothbrush, but it will take longer. If the dirt does not easily come off, soak longer.
- Rinse the blinds thoroughly. The easiest way to do this is to drain the soaking water and run the shower over the entire blind until all soap is gone.
- Hang the blind over the shower curtain or other area to dry. If it is nice outside, you can also hang the blind to dry outside. The blind should be completely dry before hanging. If needed, you can use a hairdryer set on cool to help dry the blinds quicker.
- Return the blinds to their original hanging position, following the instruction manual.
Cleaning Venetian blinds can be daunting. They are large and cumbersome. However, these simple steps can help you keep your Venetian blinds looking new and beautiful for years to come.