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Cleaning Window Blinds

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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June 19, 2012

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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July 23, 2011

This is a page about cleaning mini blinds. Mini blinds are dust magnets. Cleaning between each and every blind can be time consuming and difficult.

Cleaning mini blinds square

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September 14, 2017

Levelor blinds can become quite dusty and dirty over time. Cleaning Levelor blinds can be a bit of a chore, but there are some tricks that can make it easier.

A living room with fancy blinds.

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February 19, 2017

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

Honeycomb Fabric Blinds

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June 27, 2013

This is a page about cleaning canvas blinds. Canvas is used to make both awnings and indoor blinds. Over time you blinds may become dusty or stained and need to be cleaned.

Canvas Blinds

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May 2, 2012

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

Fabric Window Blinds

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