The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning your Window Blinds

Are your window blinds in desperate need of dusting? Learn how to keep your blinds looking fresh with our cleaning cheat sheet.  

Window blinds are a great solution for managing light, insulating a room, protecting your privacy from neighbours and updating the look of your home, but you can also expect them to be great at collecting all manner of household dust, dirt and debris. It’s a task that often languishes on the cleaning to-do list for a long time, removing them all from the windows or cleaning each slat individually is a big job after all! But there’s no need to fear – with a small amount of time and attention each week it’s easy to keep your blinds looking as fresh as the day you bought them. 

Materials & Tools

There are a number of simple household tools that can be used to easily and quickly clean your blinds. Here’s our list of what you’ll need:

  • A vacuum cleaner with a soft bristle attachment (handheld vacuums are great for easier reach)
  • A feather duster
  • A microfiber cloth or glove
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Warm water

How to clean venetian blinds

Getting your timber, PVC or aluminium venetian blinds is actually easier than you might expect. 


1. Close the Blinds 

Prepare your blinds for cleaning by lowering your blinds and tilting the slats downwards. This will allow you to reach one-side of your blinds for dusting and cleaning. 


2. Dust your Indoor Blinds 

Hold or pin your blinds down and run your vacuum cleaner over them with a soft bristle attachment and low suction-setting. This should help prevent any dust that is stirred up when cleaning from settling elsewhere. Once you have run your vacuum across your blinds, wipe them down with a microfiber cloth. Start from the top of your window blinds and work your way to the bottom. 


3. Repeat on the Opposite Side

Turn your blinds over so that they are facing the opposite way and repeat the process with your vacuum and microfiber cloth. 


4. Use dishwashing liquid to cut through stubborn grime 

If a light dusting isn’t enough to get your blinds clean then try wiping them down with a solution of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Dishwashing liquid is best for cutting through the grease and grime that can often build-up on household blinds. Kitchen and bathroom blinds often need a more thorough cleaning to deal with cooking splatters or soap scum. A soap or damp cloth dipped regularly in clean water will make quick work of any grease. You might also want to spot clean any stubborn areas with some wet wipes.

If cleaning them in place is proving to be too difficult, take them down and throw them ina warm bathtub with dishwashing liquid and white vinegar. If you let them soak for 5-10 minutes you should find that any dirt will wipe easily away with minimal scrubbing. 


5. Let your indoor blinds air dry

Open your indoor blinds and let them air dry. When your blinds have completely dried it you can then wipe down or vacuum up any extra dust that might have settled on the windowsill. 


Instructions for cleaning fabric blinds & shades 

Fabric blinds offer many benefits, but are a bit trickier to keep clean. Fabric is prone to attracting dust and can retain smells and smoke, so regular light cleans are essential. Whether you’ve got roller blinds, roman shades, honeycomb blinds or vertical blinds in your home, these simple cleaning steps will keep your windows looking great. 


1. Get your blinds ready for cleaning

Lower or close your window shades so that you can access one side of them for cleaning. 

2. Dust or vacuum your shades

Try to remove as much dust as you can by shaking out your blinds and vacuuming them from top to bottom with an upholstery attachment. A feather duster or microfiber cloth can also help with removing any dust, cobwebs or dirt caught in the fabric.  


3. Spot Clean to remove stains 

Unfortunately throwing your fabric shades in the bath is not an option; however a gentle spot clean with some dishwashing liquid and warm water can go a long way in removing stains. If spot cleaning isn’t going to cut it then you might want to consider a professional dry cleaning for a more thorough refresh.

Tips & Tricks:

  • If you don’t have a microfiber cloth or feather duster on hand then an old t-shirt or a pair of socks makes a good substitute. 
  • Always work from top to bottom when cleaning your window blinds. Working from the other direction will cause dust to fall on the slats that you’ve already cleaned. Vertical blinds should also be cleaned in a downward motion. 
  • A hair dryer on a low setting (and a cool temp!) can be an effective alternative to your vacuum cleaner and is great for getting in between slats or in small crevices around your blinds.