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Cleaning Window Blinds

Cleaning Window Blinds
Depending on what type of blinds you have on your windows there are differing methods for cleaning them. This is a guide about cleaning window blinds.
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By 1 found this helpful
July 9, 2013

Swiffer dusters worked wonderfully on my metal blinds. Engage a teenager to help with this chore.

Scene One: With the blinds fully opened, slide the duster along each and every blind - one at a time. Time spent: 10 minutes

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Scene Two: With the blinds fully closed, sweep the Swiffer duster over the entire shade. Time spent: 1 minute

Either method works surprisingly well.

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April 18, 2010

How do I clean linen blinds that have smoke stains? I cannot remove them from the window.

By Anne from Tacoma

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April 18, 20100 found this helpful

After dusting the blinds on your windows, wipe each slat with a fabric-softener sheet. This will help keep them stay cleaner longer because the sheet helps to repel dust. Good luck.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful

I have used Capture Carpet Cleaner (bought at Sears) on almost everything. The powder that is sprinkled on after the wet spray lifts up the stains to be brushed or vacuumed away. I will remove old coffee/tea stains from carpet. Just don't overdo with the spray and BE SURE it is dry before trying to remove.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful

If you don't mind the expense, Chandelier cleaner works like a charm. Put a layer of paper towels at the bottom for drips. Wipe off with a paper towel. Any spray that gets on the window also cleans the window.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful

I wouldn't put the Chandelier cleaner on linen blinds. It works on hard blinds.

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

These directions are for fabric blinds not mini-blinds:

Are you sure you can't remove them from the window? First cover the floor with a dollar store shower curtain, then use foam-on carpet & upholstery cleaner then after it dries, vacuum with a canister or hand-held vacuum. Read direction on the can.

If you can remove them, hang blinds up on a clothes line or place a dollar store shower curtain over a fence then put blinds over the shower curtain, Then put straight ammonia or Simple Green in a well-marked spray bottle & spray this on, then wait half an hour & hose off. This is how I cleaned my linen blinds (with simple green) but ammonia works better for nicotine & smoke. Another good cleaner is scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner or the dollar store equivalent. But Ammonia requires less rinsing (do not use sudsy ammonia!).

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By 0 found this helpful
January 3, 2007

What is the best way to clean Levelor blinds? My small blinds get VERY dusty and the ones in the kitchen are dirty from cooking. I have 38 windows, so need an easy way to get these blinds sparkling clean. I can't go without blinds as I live in a subdivision and have neighbors who could see in.

I love a clean house!

Diana from Prospect, KY

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January 4, 20070 found this helpful

Hum. if you could take the blinds down and wash in the bathtub. In warm weather you could take them outside and use the hose. Otherwise it is not an easy thing to do. I have blinds all over the house but must admit I don't clean them often.

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January 4, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with Debbie. I put mine in the bathtub and scrub them with a sponge. I use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent, to cut the grease. I then lay them out on thick towels on the floor with the ceiling fan going and they dry pretty quickly. It's not fun, but it's quicker than doing them slat by slat. I usually do mine only once a year.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 4, 20070 found this helpful

My mom washes hers in the bathtub and leaves them to dry outside hanging up. There is a device in a book/magazine that you can put in your shower and it holds the blinds until they dry. I guess you could use it to hold the blinds while you clean them off and then leave to dry. It is either in the magazine called carol wright or miles kimball...they both have websites, just put the names together and add dot com. Good luck. I hate blinds because they are so difficult to clean...I have room darkening shades, much easier to clean.

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January 5, 20070 found this helpful

When I had blinds, my husband designed a 'cleaning tube' for me... He took a length of PVC pipe and glued an end cap on one end and we did a screw cap on the end we needed to open.

Simply close your blind (not tight) and put it in the tube. add your cleaner, vinegar with a little dish detergent works well. All you have to do is put the tube on the floor and roll it... Or, you can roll it by hand or even shake. I liked to roll it with my feet while I took breaks and watched TV. When it's done, empty in the tub, sink or yard and rinse. Rinsing is easy if you leave it closed. Stand it on end in your tub until the excess stops running off and they won't drip and hang back in your window to completely dry. Cleaning my blinds was when I got to take breaks. It turned out to be one of my easiest housecleaning tasks... Diane

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January 5, 20070 found this helpful

I've always used baby wipes. It takes a little time but well worth it. No spots from water. I only have twelve blinds. So compared to yours mine takes half the time. If you like clean you'll try it. It takes off the dust build up and doesn't leave any heavy residue. I've been using baby wipes for blinds for years. Do a few windows then take five do another. I do this every season. In between I use the hose vacuum for dust.

Jennifer CA

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 2, 20070 found this helpful

I tried cleaning mine out in the yard. I hung them on a small stepladder and used Greased Lightning household cleaner. The paint washed off along with the dirt. It turned the whole driveway white, and of course, the blinds were ruined. I called Levelor and got a standard cover your behind answer. "Oh we recommend wiping soiled surfaces with a soft damp cloth". "You should never wash the blinds." So after the lady parroting the company line for five minutes I gave up.

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June 30, 20080 found this helpful

I have Levelor Riverera aluminum mini blinds, they are a hunter green on one side and white on the back side, I have cleaned them in the bathtub before with no problem, but this time, I noticed the finish was dull and chalky ( I only used water) so I called Levelor for a solution to the finish, and here is what the Levelor Rep said " Washing the blinds voids the warranty" and the only solution she offered was to go to Lowes and buy replacements, well that is not a practical solution for me. I bought my blinds 16+ years ago and I had only washed one blind( I am painting so thought it would be a good time to take it down and clean it). Now the paint did not come off but the finish is ruined, so this is what I did to restore the color to my dark Green blinds, I took a metal polish designed for use on cars and used it on my blind and it brought the nice green color back and you can't even tell that it had been ruined, it was time consuming , I had to polish each and every slat, but considering my alternative it was worth it.

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June 13, 20100 found this helpful

I used to hang them on the clothes line & spray them with Scrubbing Bubbles. I'd let them sit a couple minutes & then rinse them off with the hose.

This works on fan grates, lawn furniture & many other things that you think of to clean quickly.

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June 13, 20100 found this helpful

I have a floor steamer that comes apart for hand cleaning. I give them a good blast of steam and wipe with a sock. Works pretty well. According to the Clean ladies on BBC you are never supposed to get the top part with all the clutches and wheels wet. I also noticed this got the strings really clean, also.

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful

I put mine in the bathtub with hot water and tide with bleach. Swish them back and forth a dozen times and let the water out. Put in clean water and swish again. I then stand them on end in a bucket and they dry really fast. just enough water to cover and I do 2 blinds at a time.

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June 19, 20121 found this helpful

What is the best way to clean lace blinds?

By Sandy from K

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June 28, 20120 found this helpful

I am pretty sure I saw the oxyclean guy dip them in a tub of oxclean solution. However, I would be careful leaving them in too long and making sure to rinse thoroughly as it can bleach out colors given a strong enough solution and enough time.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 29, 2008

What is the best way to clean fabric blinds without removing them from the window?

Eller

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May 31, 20081 found this helpful

Try vacuuming them with your dust brush.

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June 11, 20130 found this helpful

Can you clean black out blinds that are smoke damaged from a house fire?

By Claire

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May 17, 20130 found this helpful

My pleated shade has a sort of sheer eyelet pattern, can they be cleaned the same way as any other shade?

By Phyllis S

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May 19, 20120 found this helpful

How do I remove a water stain on a black-out blind caused by condensation?

By SM

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By 0 found this helpful
May 1, 2012

How do you clean honeycomb cellular shades?

By Terri

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