How to Clean Your Blinds Quickly

How to Clean Your Blinds QuicklyLet’s be honest. When was last time you cleaned your blinds? When was the last time you even thought about cleaning your blinds? Chances are it’s been more than a while.

But that’s okay! We’re here to help you get back on track.

A Quick Warning

Before we get to work, we just want to make sure you’re aware that these tops do not apply to fabric blinds. If you have aluminum, wood, or plastic blinds, you’re good to go!

Follow the Motion of the Ocean

Whether you have horizontal or vertical blinds doesn’t matter so much. It’s all about the motion of the ocean as they say. If you have horizontals, you’re going to clean left to right. If you have verticals, you’re going to clean top to bottom.

Dust Deliberately

There are four main tools you can use to dust your blinds:

  1. A proper blind duster (if you want to do it like a pro)
  2. A microfiber cloth (works just as well)
  3. A sock turned inside out and worn over the hand (like a sock puppet)
  4. A vacuum

* Pro Tip: Leave feather dusters with sexy French maids. They really just toss dust around, rather than capturing and removing it.

* Pro Tip: If you have very tall blinds (or are a vertically challenged person) you may want to invest in a step ladder if you haven’t already.

If you don’t have a handy blind cleaning brush, grab your vacuum and use the hose attachment with a brush (or a handheld vacuum if you’re lucky) and vacuum your blinds to get rid of excess dust. Also do the windowsill and the corners of the window real quick while you’re in there. If you’re using a cloth or sock, just pinch it around each slat and slowly slide left to right.

Clean ‘Em Up

Put a few drops of dish liquid in a bowl or buck and fill it with warm water. Grab a microfiber cloth, dunk it in the solution and wring it until it’s damp but almost dry. Starting at the top for horizontal and left for vertical, pinch the cloth around the slat and slowly pull it to the other side.

* Pro Tip: Not all blinds are hung properly, which means some of them may fall out of their bracket mid-clean. Be prepared for that.

* Pro Tip: If your blinds are especially dirty or greasy (maybe your kitchen blinds), put about a tablespoon of baking soda into your cleaning solution to help break all that icky stuff down and make it easy to remove.

And that’s it! No more taking the blinds down, washing them in warm, sudsy water, laying them flat and leaving them to dry before your rehang them. Unless, of course, you have fabric blinds, then you still need to do this.

To keep your blinds clean, all you have to do is dust them on a regular basis. If you have fabric blinds, vacuum them regularly.

Professional Help for NYC Residents

If you live or work in the NYC area, give 1st Class Cleaning a call. We can come take care of this chore for you so you have time for other more important things. Contact us today to learn more about our services and pricing!

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