Cleaning small window blinds is not difficult to do as long as you know how. I’m sure you’ve tried wiping each individual slat down by hand or you’ve bought one of those blind cleaning tools with five or six fluffy prongs to clean multiple slats at once. They work well on big blinds but not so much for the smaller ones.
Cleaning them is actually quite easy and doesn’t take up a whole lot of time, the secret is to take them down first and this is a whole lot easier than it sounds.
How To Clean Your Blinds
Fill your bathtub up halfway with warm water, add a half cup of dish soap to the running water so that it mixes in well. If you don’t have dish soap, you can also use ammonia.
Use the cord to pull the blinds up all the way. Most of these blinds are secured to the clips holding them up with a simple lever, turn the lever or pull it out towards you and the blind is released. To put it back simply seat the blind on the bracket and turn the lever the other way or push it away from you and towards the blind, it really is that simple.
Once the blind is off the wall, release the cord a bit so that there is some space between the slats. Adjust the rod so that the slats are slightly tilted and this will assist you with cleaning them.
Lower the blind into the warm water in the bathtub, being careful not to bend or crimp and of the slats.
Let the blinds soak for about fifteen minutes to loosen the dirt and break down any grease buildup. Now use a light sponge to gently wipe the slats down, the dirt should come away easily.
Once the blind is almost entirely clean, drain the water from the tub and now use the handheld shower attachment or shower to rinse the soap from the blind and dislodge and further dirt that is difficult to reach.
Shake the blinds gently to remove any excess water, then hand dry them with a towel. If you have a sunny spot on the floor in your home somewhere then place the blind in the sun for an hour or so to dry off completely.
Rehang the blind securely in the window. Use the cord to let the blind down the whole way. Separate any slats which are stuck together and make sure that they are all facing the same way. The remaining water should evaporate within a half hour and your blinds will be as good as new.
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My name is Michael Klements and I started this blog in 2016 to share my DIY journey with you. I love fixing, renovating and building – I’m always looking for new projects and exciting DIY ideas. If you do too, grab a cup of coffee and settle in, I’m happy to have you here.