How to Clean Slatted Blinds Without Breaking Them

blinds-792635_640Slatted blinds are a great decorating choice for many homes. They fit with modern and traditional styles, and they provide you with adjustable light and privacy control. The challenge that comes with this particular piece of décor lies in maintaining it.

If you’ve tried cleaning these blinds in the past, then you know how easy they are to break, and that getting between all the little spaces can take an incredible amount of time. The great news is there are easier ways to get this important chore done. Here are a few tips and tricks for taking the misery out of this chore.

Use the Upholstery Attachment and Vacuum

Have you ever taken a close look at your upholstery attachment? It’s got long, soft bristles that are ideal for slipping over the slats of your blinds. All you have to lower the blinds, adjust them so that each slat is nearly horizontal, and then vacuum up the dust (an ideal solution for wood blinds that have a heavier weight, but it will work with most materials, too). This cleaning method is safe for fabric blinds that need to be cleaned without water.

Oldie but Goodie – Break Out the Feather Duster

If you have a feature duster, then you know how effective they are at reaching into narrow crevices. Go over the blinds with the duster and then shake the dirt off outside. You can also find microfiber feather dusters that are more effective at trapping the dust for easy removal.

Wash with Ease

Mix a few drops of dish detergent in a bucket of water. Soak a clean, thin cloth in the solution and then wring it out. You can then fold the cloth over each individual blind at one end and wipe it down towards the other side. Rinse the cloth frequently to ensure that you get the blinds as clean as possible. If you’re dealing with heavy stains like smoke or grease, add about a tablespoon of baking soda to the wash water (this will help break down the buildup on your blinds and leave them looking great).

Polish to Perfection

Finally, use a dry cloth to polish the blinds. Adjust the slats in one direction so that the blinds are closed. You can easily wipe them off before reversing the direction and cleaning the other side. It may take some time to get your blinds clean, but it will be well worth the effort.

If you’re looking at these tips and feeling like the process will still take a while, you’re probably right. However, you don’t have to give up on owning blinds. If you simply don’t have the time or energy to deal with the cleaning on your own, then turn the chore over to the professionals.

Leave it to the Experts!

1st Class Cleaning can thoroughly clean all types of blinds and leave them looking spotless. We’re happy to work on properties throughout the area, so contact us or call our team at 800-309-7881 to schedule an appointment today.


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