How to clean vertical blinds

Knowing how to wash vertical blinds is an important step in maintaining their quality. There are two main ways to clean your vertical blinds; regular cleaning and deep cleaning. For regular cleaning it is as simple as a vacuum and a little stain removal. Every so often you want to give them a deep clean; take them down and hand wash them in the bath with some soap and water.

Blinds are a stylish way to dress up windows or patio doors - not to forget they have a good function of giving you privacy when you need it. The only problem is figuring out how to wash vertical blinds - you can't just throw them in the washing machine once a month! That won't be a good enough excuse to not clean them though - so take the following advice from us and have them looking brand spanking new for longer. It is surprising how much dust and dirt can build up - a nightmare situation for those with allergies.

Closed white vertical blinds at patio doors, with a cat stood between the slats

You must remember to get into the habit of cleaning them on a regular basis as a yearly swipe with a feather duster isn't adequate for this type of window treatment (or any for that matter!) There are different materials used that may influence how to clean vertical blinds. Generally, they are made of either plastic, wood or fabric - all materials that need weekly attention to stop the dust from building up.

Cleaning Vertical Blinds

  1. Use a hoover to remove dust - Start by closing the vertical blind and use your hoover with the upholstery attachment for best results and ease of use. It might be a monotonous chore but you should take the time to go from top to bottom on each individual slat - back and front side!
  2. Remove stains with soapy water - If there are some marks on the kitchen blinds from splashed drinks and so forth - a damp soapy cloth should be enough to remove it - the earlier you attend to it the better so that it doesn't leave a stain.
  3. Leave the windows open to dry - Leave the windows open so the material has a chance to air and dry thoroughly. Whatever product you choose to use - just double check the labels that it is suitable for the fabric or wood. The wooden variety may benefit from a specific wood cleaner or use a little polish to spruce them up from time to time. If you are still worried about damaging cheap vertical blinds, you can always try it out on a small area that is less visible and check back after an hour or ask advice from the company you bought your blinds from.
Bunched vertical blinds with bright sunlight seaping through the slats

Deep Cleaning Vertical Blinds

As long as you do a weekly clean it is perfectly fine to leave the thorough cleaning on a yearly basis.

  1. Take the blinds down - Take the blinds down from the window, removing the chain, bottom plates and the hooks from the top.
  2. Keep the slats in order - Gather the slats together and be careful to keep them in order if yours happen to bare a pattern.
  3. Hand wash fabric blinds - Fabric blinds could be hand washed in the bath with lukewarm water and a little soap. If you have a low temperature on the washing machine then that is another (more convenient) option to go with. What you must avoid at all costs, is putting them in the dryer. It is better for the vertical blind to be hung outside or back at the window so long as there is enough air circulating for them to dry. Only put the chain and plates back on once they have fully dried.
  4. Use a soft brush on wood and plastic blinds - Use a soft brush on wood and plastic blinds - With wood and plastic, you can use a soft brush outdoors and the garden hose as long as the jet isn't too powerful, for a good clean.
  5. Rinse - Make sure that you rinse them well and get rid of any soap suds before allowing them to dry otherwise you can end up with staining. Like wise don't over soak wooden blinds or you could distort them.
  6. Polish - Don't forget a little polish to make them look brand new again!
A vertical blind slat being slotted onto the hook mechanism

Today's modern vertical blinds have treatments which help prevent dust build, they also have coatings which helps to stop them warping or fading too much in harsh sunlight. The biggest piece of advice is to check the instructions and labels prior to stripping them down. If you have made to measure blinds check the manufacturer's guidelines.

Now you know how to wash vertical blinds; whilst you have your blinds stripped down it gives you the ideal opportunity to replace any vertical blind slats which have become stained or damaged due to accidental spills and over boisterous animals or children! Again follow the supplier's guidelines and you won't go far wrong!

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