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Cleaning Blinds So They Last Longer

We are well into that time of year again—the dreaded spring deep cleaning.  Although we try to remember everything that needs to be done, the chances are that we overlook our window blinds in the process.

Window blinds are not on the to-do list very often for most people, and they only get noticed when they are dusty and grimy or when spring cleaning time rolls around.  This reason is why many want to know the fastest and easiest way to get the job done.

Cleaning Supplies Needed

Before you begin to tackle those window blinds, make sure to gather all of the necessary supplies to get the job done.

  • A vacuum cleaner—preferably with a brush attachment
  • Cloth—microfiber or an old sock
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Warm tap water

Step By Step

  1. First, you will need to lower the blinds all the way shut. If your blinds are vinyl slatted, do not close them entirely as they will overlap.
  2. Next, using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, give the blinds a good dusting all over. You will find the best course is to work from side to side, top to bottom.  Once you have that side of the slats done, open them up and do the backside as well.
  3. If you feel that your blinds are still looking dirty, you will then need to go over them again, this time with a damp microfiber cloth. Using a cloth wetted with warm water usually does the trick, but if the grime is being particularly stubborn, you can add some vinegar to the warm water.
  4. If your blinds are particularly dirty, then you may have to resort to taking them down and cleaning them in a bathtub filled with warm water and a few squeezes of dishwashing liquid.