Floors, rugs, and furniture all come to mind when thinking about cleaning your home, but what about fabric blinds? Fabric blinds attract and retain plenty of dust just like rugs and carpeting. If you have fabric blinds in your kitchen or bathroom, they will also absorb cooking grease and aerosol products, such as hair spray. Just like any other part of your home, fabric blinds need to be cleaned every so often:
Dust Your Blinds
Typically, all fabric blinds just need a simple dusting from time to time. To begin dusting, close the blinds so that they are fully extended, and tilt the slats to have easy access to the surface. Next, use a vacuum with an upholstery brush attachment and gently vacuum the blind’s surface. If you do not have the appropriate vacuum, you may also use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe the slats. Once the dust has been removed from one side, hold the blinds away from the window and repeat the process on the other side.
After dusting your blinds, inspect the surface for any stains or marks left behind from grease, food, or hands. If you notice any stains you want to remove, make a simple solution of lukewarm water and a drop of dish detergent. Use no more than ¼ teaspoon of the dish detergent, it’s all you need! Apply the solution to the blinds by bracing them on the rear side with your hand, and gently dab the surface until the stain is removed. Then, extend the blinds fully and let them air dry.
Keeping Your Fabric Blinds Clean
The best way to keep your fabric blinds clean is by including them in your regular cleaning routine. Whenever you decide to vacuum your floors or rugs, take a moment to vacuum your blinds as well, or just wipe them down with a microfiber cloth. Similarly, treat any stains as soon as they happen to keep your blinds looking great for years to come.