How To Clean Venetian Blinds

How To Clean Venetian Blinds

Have your Venetian blinds become dust collectors? Use these quick and easy tips to get them in no time!

Get rid of grime without the headache

Slatted blinds looking a bit dirty? Give them a good clean with these simple tips that won’t take up much of your time.

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 serve a practical purpose for when the sun rises, but left unattended, they quickly become home to dust, dirt and bacteria. In addition to how it looks, dust can cause coughs, colds and flu symptoms, especially for those with allergies or asthma.

How to clean venetian blinds without removing them, using a vacuum or spray and cloth. It’s so easy to do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t sort it out sooner

How to prepare your Venetian blinds for cleaning

Just like cleaning any other surface, it’s a good idea to spot-clean 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.

Vacuum method

  • 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.

Spray and cloth method

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.

Is cleaning Venetian blinds worth your time and effort?

The simple answer is yes. 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 the 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 the clean Venetian blinds in your home.

How to clean faux-wood, vinyl or aluminium 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 thick, clean 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 blinds - 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.

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