Easy Tricks To Clean Venetian Blinds
Slatted blinds looking a bit dirty? Give them a good clean with these simple tips that won’t take up much of your time
TL;DR: If your Venetian blinds have become dust collectors , clean them using a vacuum or spray and cloth. Whether they’re made of wood or a synthetic material, it only takes 5 minutes of your time to clean them up!
When you have friends or family visiting, you have most likely cleaned the bathroom, toilet, lounge area and kitchen. However, you may have neglected one of the most overlooked tasks of all: cleaning your Venetian blinds. Slatted or Venetian blinds may help your windows look nicer and certainly serve a practical purpose for when the sun rises, but left unattended they quickly become a home to dust, dirt and bacteria. In addition to looking unsightly, dust can cause coughs, colds and flu symptoms, especially for those with allergies.
Here’s how to give them a good clean using a vacuum or spray and cloth. It’s so easy to do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t sort it sooner!
How to prepare your Venetian blinds for cleaning
Just like cleaning any other surface, it’s a good idea to do a test spot clean of a small area before you clean the entire blind. This way, you’ll minimise the risk of any unwanted marks or discolouration. You might also want to use non-allergenic disposable gloves so any residue from the cleaning product doesn’t end up on your hands. Also, tie back any curtains or other soft furnishings around the blinds so they don’t get in the way before you begin to clean.
Hot Tip: Put a towel down at the bottom of your windows in case of any spills during the cleaning process.
How to clean Venetian blinds with a vacuum
Dust the slats with a light feather duster
Close the slats and vacuum the right side, then reverse the blinds/shut the slats the other way, so you can vacuum the other side
Apply a blind cleaning solution that contains an anti-static agent to help remove dust particles from gathering in the future
Hot Tip: Save time dusting between each slat by using a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery brush attachment rather than a handheld feather duster.
How to clean Venetian blinds with a spray and cloth
How you approach cleaning your Venetian blinds depends on its material. You will need to be careful if using the ‘spray and cloth’ method on wood, as too much moisture may warp the blinds. Here’s some quick ways to clean your Venetian blinds, depending on its material:
How to clean wooden Venetian blinds
Generally, a good furniture polish and a soft cloth are all that is needed to clean your wooden slats. Remember to wipe the blinds dry immediately after you have cleaned them.
How to clean faux-wood, vinyl or aluminum Venetian blinds with soapy water & white vinegar
Wipe off dust and grime with a sponge and some hot soapy water. If the grime appears to be stuck, fill a bowl with equal parts white vinegar and water and wipe with a cloth. Don’t forget to clean both sides.
Hot Tip: If you don’t have a cloth handy, you can even use a clean thick sock! Simply turn the sock inside out, slip it over your hand and use the rough surface to wipe away any dirt on the slats.
How to clean Venetian blind cords & strings
Cleaning Venetian blind cords can be a bit tricky and fiddly. Here's a simple way to do it:
First, close the blinds and gently dust the cords and strings with a dry cloth to remove any dust
Add 2 squirts of dishwashing liquid to warm water in a bowl
Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the soapy water and wring out the excess moisture
Gently wipe the cords and strings, taking care not to soak them
Use a dry cloth to wipe away any excess moisture
Open the blinds and repeat the process on the other side of the cords / strings
Another option is to use shaving cream. Squeeze a small amount of shaving cream onto a cloth and use it to clean the cord.
Hot Tip: Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives on Venetian blind cords, as these can damage the cords and cause them to fray or break.
Cleaning Venetian blinds is worth your time and effort
Regularly cleaning and dusting your Venetian blinds each week with a vacuum or duster will prevent dust and grime from building up and will also take less effort next time they’re due for a clean. It is often a household chore that is neglected but when the job is done, you (and your guests) will be able to step back and admire the beauty of your clean Venetian blinds in your home.