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Cleaning Fabric Window Blinds

Whether you have cellular, pleated or honeycomb fabric shades, cleaning them can present a challenge. This guide is about cleaning fabric window blinds.


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February 19, 20170 found this helpful

Honeycomb Fabric Blinds

Cleaning honeycomb style blinds can be quite difficult to do without damaging their rather delicate structure. This is a guide about cleaning honeycomb fabric blinds.



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October 22, 2013

Has anyone had good results cleaning cloth pleated shades? These are the kind that you pull the cord and they raise up. Thanks for any help on how to clean them.

By Joan

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December 16, 20161 found this helpful

We have pleated fabric blinds since we built the house 12 yrs ago. Once a yr we have run over them with Kirby blind tool, and once soaked them in the tub with mild soap and scrubbed the bad spots. You have to rinse many times. They look like new.

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November 13, 20140 found this helpful

I have stiff roller blinds and want to remove squashed insects that look like rust stains.

By E Shine

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January 6, 2014

My vertical blinds are made of cloth. We just moved here and they look dusty and dingy. Can anyone give me a idea on how to revive them? Thank you.

By Sheila from Ontario

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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 9, 2009

How can I remove dried emulsion paint from fabric window blinds?

By Lovebling from Scotland

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May 10, 20090 found this helpful

I would try using Oops!

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May 29, 2008

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


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May 31, 20080 found this helpful

Try vacuuming them with your dust brush.

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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?


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May 1, 2012

How do you clean honeycomb cellular shades?

By Terri

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

I have fabric blinds on my windows that are grubby from smoke from the open fires and just all around grubby. Anyone please give me advice on how to clean them?

Eithne from Ireland


How do you clean vertical fabric blinds?

I am not sure about your blinds but we treat the stain and then took ours to the car wash and sprayed them. Good and clean now. (08/04/2005)

By Dgrams

How do you clean vertical fabric blinds?

I would just clean with soap and water, or bleach and water. I have seen where people have put wallpaper ect on them to hide imperfections and dress them up a little. You can do a search on the web for them, sure you will find something.


Hope this helps. Have a great day! (08/05/2005)

By Michele

How do you clean vertical fabric blinds?

We have washed our vertical blinds about 4 times.
Make sure the blinds are washable. Remove the weights and the plastic strips at the top of the blind.
Place some blinds in a pillow case or net bag. You will have to experiment, due to the length of the blinds. We find 12 1.5m blinds in a bag is about right. Put 2 bags in the washing machine on non fast colored gentle spin. After washing, iron each blind covering with a cloth using medium heat. replace plastic strip and weight and rehang.

By Kirkham Geoff.

How do you clean vertical fabric blinds?

I take mine down holding them altogether straight place them in the bath with biological soap powder, gently swish the soapy water around and out comes the dirt. Put them back up laying a towel along the window seal to catch the drips. (02/02/2008)

By elaine

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May 19, 20160 found this helpful

I also put mine straight in the washing machine, no net or pillow case came out perfect.


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March 19, 20110 found this helpful

What is the best way to clean vertical, fabric blinds without taking them down from the window?

Eller from Florida

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