How to Maintain and Clean Your Blinds: Tips for Keeping Them Looking Like New

Just installed your new blinds and are dreading the moment you have to clean them? Total Look Blinds is here to help. Properly maintaining your blinds doesn’t have to be complicated which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best tips and tricks to keep your blinds looking as new as the day you got them. 


The Importance of Blind Maintenance

Blind maintenance isn’t at the top of anyone’s chores list, It often gets overshadowed by more messy daily tasks. Too many people put off cleaning their blinds only to be confused as to why they’re so worn down. 

Cleaning blinds is a fairly simple and infrequent process that, with a little consistency, will protect your blinds from degradation. But, the benefit of proper maintenance extends beyond appearances. Blinds easily accumulate dust and debris which in turn affects air quality. Dust inhalation has a whole plethora of adverse side effects meaning that properly cleaning your blinds can even lead to you living a longer, healthier life. 


Cleaning Methods for Different Types of Blinds

Different blinds have different requirements so it’s crucial to use the correct method. We’ve compiled a list of the best ways to clean dust and debris off the most common types of blinds:

Roller and Roman Blinds

Cleaning Roller and Roman blinds is a straightforward process. First, fully extend your blind to make sure no crevice is missed. Then, using a vacuum with a brush head attachment simply vacuum the surface of both sides. 

In most cases, this is all you’ll need to do to ensure clean blinds. However, if you’ve got a particularly stubborn spot, you can wet your cloth to help gently wipe away any debris. 

Venetian Blinds 

Venetian blinds require a little extra care as their slats can make the cleaning process longer. In order to most efficiently clean them we recommend closing the slats so they lay as flat as possible. You can then wipe them with a microfiber cloth or for those in a rush, a carefully placed vacuum nozzle works just as well. Then, open the slats and spot-clean any parts you may have missed. 

If a cloth isn’t getting the job done you can wipe your Venetian blinds with water and a cleaner. Blinds made of aluminium or PVC work with most mild cleaners but in order to prevent damage to wooden blinds it’s best to use a gentle wood cleanser. 

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are similar to Venetian blinds in that they require extra precision. First, open each slat and gently run a microfiber cloth or vacuum cleaner from the top to the bottom. While vacuum cleaners are effective, it’s important to be gentle when using one because vertical blinds can be more prone to buckling. 

If your blinds require a deeper cleaning, you can remove them and gently wash them with a bowl of lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Don’t forget to wash the headrail with the same mixture as this is where most dust accumulates and it can be easy to miss when you’re focusing on the slats. If the headrail is hard to reach, we recommend investing in an extension pole that you can attach a feather duster or cloth to. 


Dealing with Stains and Spills

Lightly cleaning your blinds once a week with one of the above methods is often all you need to maintain their quality. However, accidents happen and sometimes we need a more thorough cleaning. Here are our top tips for removing stains: 

  1. While you can purchase gentle fabric cleaners, dish soap diluted in water often does the trick for fabric blinds.
  2. In a similar vein, while you can use gentle wood cleaners, a mixture of diluted lemon juice and cleaning alcohol can be a good home remedy for stains on Venetian blinds. 
  3. Being gentle is key for blind maintenance, make sure you dab at stains rather than rub them as rough movements can cause wear and tear. 
  4. A diluted vinegar solution works especially well for removing grease and food stains 
  5. Whenever you purchase a stain removal product or create a solution make sure to spot test it. Dab the mixture on, wait ten minutes and if there aren't any adverse effects feel free to continue your cleaning process. 


Maintenance Tips for Long-Term Care

If cleaning your blinds sounds like a hassle, there are plenty of preventative measures you can take. While this won’t eradicate the need for cleaning completely, creating good habits is the key to long-term blind maintenance. Here are some of our recommendations: 

  1. Opt for moisture-resistant blinds in your bathroom in order to prevent damage from humidity. If you already have non-moisture-resistant blinds, ensure you have plenty of ventilation to prevent deterioration. 
  2.  While this tip may seem obvious, it’s important to avoid excessive force. By opening and cleaning your blinds carefully you prevent long-term wear and tear. 
  3. Make sure to inspect your blinds occasionally for any damage. By checking for broken or bent slats, loose screws or malfunctioning mechanisms you can ensure any problems are fixed before they escalate. 



By incorporating these tips and techniques into your regular home maintenance schedule, you’ll have better-looking blinds in no time. From spot cleaning to long term maintenance, every small action you take makes a cumulative difference. But, if you’re looking for more professional advice, feel free to get in touch with our expert team. We’ll recommend products, services and maintenance solutions that will solve any niche problem and ensure your blinds are looking their absolute best.

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