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How-To: Clean Your Window Blinds and Shades

As FotoFlat says, it's "2010, Y'all. Out with the old." It's nearly March already, so I hope you've gotten a start at cleansing your home of things you don't need and giving it a deep clean too. One area that's often overlooked, especially if you don't hire a cleaning service, is your window blinds and shades. Dust can collect there overnight, and they're bound to be covered in greasy fingerprints. So I figured I'd give you a little refresher on cleaning them.

Window Blinds:

  1. Lay a towel down in your bathtub (for protection).
  2. Remove your dusty aluminum or PVC blinds and place them in your tub.
  3. Fill your tub up with warm soapy water — dish soap will do. Make sure to keep the roller mechanism dry, though!
  4. Rinse with your shower head or a spongehead and shake the water off.
  5. Rehang the blinds and let them air dry. You can place a towel underneath them to catch the water.

To learn how to clean your fabric shades,


Fabric Shades:

  1. Using your small brush attachment, gently vacuum your fabric shades or blinds.
  2. If any spots remain, test clean them in an inconspicuous place using an upholstery cleaner (like a spray). Let dry.
  3. If the colors haven't bled or faded, spot clean the dirty spots. Fini!
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bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
I do this every three months to all my blinds in the house. I have notice that dish-washing liquid is the best to use and using a cloth towel to really get in between the blinds help. I also let mine hang and air dry and lilegwene, I haven't had a mildewy problem at all. It's a real chore but worth it.
lilegwene lilegwene 6 years
I need to clean ours, and this sounds like a good idea, but won't the strings get mildewy if you let them air dry? I was thinking of blowing them dry with my hair dryer. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
This chore is why I hate (yes, hate) window blinds and shades. I much prefer drapery and sheers. In my opinion, they're more attractive (if the right fabric and colors are selected), and cleaning is a breeze if the fabrics are machine-washable. JMHO.
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