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Venetian blinds can be dust collectors and depending on their location, can be a magnet for dirt and grime. Regular maintenance and cleaning is important.
* Large blankets or tarps (to lay your blinds on)
* Cleaning liquid (they type of cleaner you use should be
dependent on the material your blinds are made of)
* Soft scrub brush or Sponge mop
* Old towels
How to Clean Venetian Blinds
You Can Clean Them Outside
You Can Clean Them inside
Fill tub with warm soapy water.
Remove the blinds from the window, leaving the hardware intact.
Assemblies for Venetian blinds vary, and you may need a screwdriver for this step.
CAUTION: It is always recommended that you have a helper, especially if you need to use a step stool or ladder to reach the top of the blinds for removal.
Take the blinds (one at a time) and place in the tub, fully extended, slats closed. TIP: Depending on the size of your blinds, it may be necessary to fold them over.
Let soak for 15 minutes. Using the soft scrub brush, scrub each slat to remove dirt and grime.
Flip the blinds, and scrub again. Drain the dirty water. Turn on the shower and rinse the blinds (both sides).
TIP: A hand-held shower nozzle is quite handy for this step. Place the blinds on their side (leaning against the edge of the tub) and let the water drain.
After about 20 minutes, place on the opposite side to avoid pooling of excess water in the crevices, let air dry for another 20 minutes.
TIP: If you’re short on time, use a hair dryer set at its lowest temperature to help speed up the drying process.
strong CAUTION: Do not hold the hair dryer too close to the slats, or use it on a high temperature, or you may damage the slats.
Towel off any remaining water, and re-hang.
Regular maintenance will cut down on the frequency of deep cleaning.
Extend your blinds all the way.
Tilt the slats up (or to one side if they are vertical) and dust lightly with a cloth or duster.
Tilt the slats down (or to the opposite side if they are vertical) and dust the other side lightly with a cloth or duster.
As an alternative, try using a soft cloth glove. Hold each slat between your thumb and forefinger; gently run them along each slat.
To avoid damage, don’t exert too much pressure or crimp the slats. A vacuum cleaner may also be used.
Place the soft brush attachment on the hose and run very lightly over the slats first in their up position then in their down position.
You should first test a small area of the blinds to make sure the suction is not too great. Some vacuums may damage the slats.
For individual stains on any given slat, spray with window cleaner, wait 1 to 2 minutes, and wipe with a soft cloth. If your blinds are cloth, test this on a hidden area first.