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Cleaning Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are dust magnets. Cleaning between each and every blind can be time consuming and difficult. This is a guide about cleaning mini blinds.
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By 9 found this helpful
August 17, 2010

For a no mess place to clean your mini-blinds or give a dog a bath, buy a 42 inch kids' wading pool. After washing blinds, hang them over outdoor chairs and rinse with a hose. No mess in the house!

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By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

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October 27, 2015

We have a blind in our small bathroom that gets caked with dust and hairspray which can be hard to clean. I have to clean it several times a year.

To clean it, I soak it about 30 minutes in the bathtub in hot water with a little ammonia added to the water. This loosens the dirt and grim and makes it easy to wipe off while it's in the water.

After cleaning it and rinsing it off, I bundle it in my hand, lift it out of the tub and put a towel under it to catch the dripping water while I walk through the house and out to the porch where I hang it on the nails that were placed there for hanging blinds to dry. In just a few minutes, it's dry enough to hang back up.

Cleaning vinyl blinds is simple and easy when you can give them a little soaking in the bathtub and have a place to hang them to dry.

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By 4 found this helpful
July 29, 2011

I soak my blinds in Clorox Clean Up in the bathtub for an hour then rinse with the shower head and dry with a couple old beach towels. They look nice and clean when I hang them back up.

Note: I have off white blinds and never have tried this with colored blinds.

By Kathy

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February 21, 2011

Our vertical blinds are 108 inches top to bottom. Mine needed cleaning really bad since DH is doing a lot of painting in the house. I couldn't take them outside and use the hose, because the complex had to shut off hose supplies for a while due to frozen outside pipes.

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I put the slats a few at a time in my bath tub with dish liquid. I sloshed them around a bit, then I wrapped a wet micro fiber cloth around one end and pulled each slat through. I held the cloth with the blind in it against the side of the tub to allow the water to run back into the tub. I just had to put the end of the clean slat back in the tub to start the end through the bath towel which I put on my lap (I'm sitting on the toilet all this time). I pulled each slat through the folded bath towel to dry and draped them across the top of the two hampers in the vanity area.

I can't submit photos because I look horrid when cleaning. I hope this helps someone.

By MartyD from Houston, TX

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By 1 found this helpful
July 30, 2011

I put my mini-blinds on the outdoor table and hose and wash with the car wash brush, then flip and do the other side. I hang them on the clothes line to dry. Kids can do this chore.

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By Sharon C. from Chesapeake, VA

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November 7, 20070 found this helpful

Here's an easy way to remove dust from window blinds: Put an old sock over your hand as if you were making a sock puppet. Now grasp each slat on the blinds and rub your sock back and forth to remove the dust. So easy!

By Angie from Murphy, TX

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By 0 found this helpful
March 7, 2005

My daughter got black ink on my white window blinds, does anyone have any tips to get it out?

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March 7, 20050 found this helpful

I have removed permanent marker from photos, varnished wooden floors, and linoleum with a product called SolUMel. Another person told me of her success removing green marker from a bedspread with the same. email cartonv2@juno.com

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March 7, 20050 found this helpful

Have you tried hair spray? It might work.

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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

You could always cover it with shoe polish or liquid paper if the blinds are wooden. If they are the vinyl kind, you should be able to remove that slat and take one from the bottom and replace it.

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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

Try using MR. CLEAN MAGIC ERASER PAD. This pads has gotten many stains off my walls, counter top and pots and pans.

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June 2, 20050 found this helpful

Our daughter did the same on fake wood white blinds.
We used Soft Scrub cooktop cleaner and it worked.

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July 28, 20050 found this helpful

Try a product called Ink Away, you can get it at most office supply stores. It works great getting ink out of almost everything. It is a big winner in my house since my kids like Sharpe pens!

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By 0 found this helpful
June 12, 2016

What is the best way to clean mini blinds without taking them down?

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

Hang them in shower and spray them with 409 rinse and let dry

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June 10, 20170 found this helpful

I use 2 items to clean my blinds.
1. Vacuum cleaner with round brush.
2. Swifter dusters

Completely close blinds and clean, reverse the direction of blinds and clean again. This method works best if blinds are cleaned weekly. If you have grease or something other than dust on the blinds, spray a microfiber cloth with Windex, Formula 409 or other cleaner and wipe both sides. Alternatively, a bucket of Dawn dish soap and water cleans nicely (microfiber cloth works best) but you will need to rinse. No matter the method, you will need to wash your windows when finished. I hope this helps.

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July 26, 2011

My window blinds (semi-wood) are way too big to take down and using Endust and cleaning between each slat just isn't getting it. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Thank you.

By Jane P.

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July 27, 20110 found this helpful

Endust is the wrong product here -- the blinds probably have a somewhat "greasy" buildup, which the Endust adds to. I mix a mild vinegar/water solution, and just take a rough cloth and clean each slat, then wipe with a soft dry cloth. Don't saturate the slats; wring out the cloth before using. It may take two passes, but they will be clean and dry when you're done!

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February 21, 20111 found this helpful

To clean mini blinds, wear a pair of white cotton gloves. Dip gloved fingers in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water and run your fingers across both sides of each blind.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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Cleaning Mini Blinds

I just take mine down put in the tub spray with basin, tub and tile cleaner. Using my hand held shower head I rinse them down, hold them sideways, shake a little to get excess water off and hang back up to finish drying. I put a towel at the bottom to catch drips. Usually the bottom slat is against the bottom part of your mini blind so I take extra care to lift that one and dry it well. (01/27/2011)

By dwutz

Cleaning Mini Blinds

Dear fossil. How many pairs of white gloves would I need to clean 5 different blinds? Quite a few I think.
I just use old rags and toss later.
(01/27/2011)

By stormy10000 in Ca

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

I haven't cleaned my mini blinds since we moved in about a year ago! I've lightly dusted occasionally, but little spots and such are showing up on them now. Could someone please tell me the best way to clean them at this stage of 'dustiness'?

Sue from San Francisco, CA

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Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

The bane of my existence! I clean EACH slat with a baby wipe. It takes forever (34 windows) but it is the only thing that seems to cut the dust and grime (in kitchen). AND I have tried almost all the ideas mentioned. All blinds except kitchen and bathrooms seem to get by on occasional dusting and a once a year power cleaning (Spray with cleaner, wipe each slat with a wet towel, repeat with clean towel if necessary and then dry.

Good luck!

(01/04/2008)

By Skibum1910

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

Put them in the bathtub turn the shower on and plug the tub add bleach. This cleans the cords too so they look new. scrub them if they are really grungy. (01/04/2008)

By iBroke

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

The BEST way I have found is to place your blinds in the bathtub and run the hottest water possible. While running the water, add a few cups of bleach. Let soak for 2-3 hours. Drain water. Run more hot water and let soak 15 minutes. Drain. Blinds should be free of bleach residue and they will look as new as when you bought them Have fun and good luck! (01/05/2008)

By Heather, Arkansas

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

I take all the blinds off the windows. put them in my whirlpool bathtub, add Clorox Cleanup and water and turn the bath tub jets on for about 10 minutes The whirlpool agitates the crud off. I just drain the tub and let them air dry. Easy. (01/07/2008)

By falldowngobump

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

Take them down one room at a time and put them on a concrete area or porch outside and spray them down with the water hose to let them dry outside. Spray them down with a cleaner a few minutes before you spray them with water to let dirt loose. Hope this helps. If weather is bad, let them soak in bath water. (01/07/2008)

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

I bring my blinds outside and clean them with a sponge and the hose. (05/02/2008)

By Gary

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

Does the metal mechanical part ever rust? (10/01/2008)

By CarrieStel

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

I hate mini blinds! You just look at them the wrong way and they bend and you can't fix them when that happens. I tried taking my down to clean as suggested and they got bent - Arggg! I have tried everything and they just get bent and continue to look awful.

I am going to replace them. Just saving money from check to check during the recession in order to afford it! (01/06/2009)

By rustyz

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

Just hang dusty mini blinds from MiniMaids support brackets stuck to a shower wall or an outside window, then simply rinse away dust from blinds using the shower sprayer or garden hose. Works great indoors or outside! (02/07/2009)

By TheVan

RE: Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

Cleaning Dusty Mini Blinds

Be careful if putting blinds in the bathtub to clean them. I got nasty scratches in my shower surround from the edges of the metal blinds when I did it. Now not only do the blinds look terrible, the shower does too. (01/16/2011)

By cs_jag

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

I have metal (blue color) mini blinds that I've had up for 8 years. I do smoke in the house, too. At a glance, you don't notice, but I see the dirt and grime on the blinds and I am looking for a way to clean them. Also, what about the small rope (strings) that are used to operate the blinds?

Thank you so much for your help!

Sue from Birmingham, AL

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Cleaning Metal Mini Blinds

I used to clean mine in the bathtub. I would fill it up with warm sudsy water, and then clean each stip with an aggressive sponge. For sticky stains, I would let them soak. It's a bit messy and time consuming, but it works. (09/10/2006)

By Jess

Cleaning Metal Mini Blinds

Try taking them to a car wash.
A car wash normally has hooks you can hang floor mats on
Works Good..will get extra clean.
Good Luck (09/10/2006)

By Autumn

Cleaning Metal Mini Blinds

You can either clean your blinds in your tub/shower or outside, but you'll need to figure out a way to hang them up, like on a clothesline for example. Next, take some Scrubbing Bubbles foaming bathroom cleaner (the dollar store versions of this work great) and spray your blinds thoroughly, including the strings and any other parts you want clean. Now watch the grease and grime melt right off your blinds. Just rinse off the blinds with a hose or handheld shower sprayer. You don't have to rub each individual slat or the strings, but if your blinds are really grimy, you may have to repeat the Scrubbing Bubbles, and then let them hang outside or in your tub/shower until dry. I have used this method for both aluminum and vinyl blinds with great results.

truerblue (09/11/2006)

By truerblue

Cleaning Metal Mini Blinds

ammonia works great (09/20/2006)

By heather

Cleaning Metal Mini Blinds

MiniMaids - Venetian Blind Cleaning Tool available at www.shophometrends.com. You don't have to take blinds to the car wash or hang mini blinds from a clothesline outside to wash. Have hard to clean mini blinds looking like new in minutes. Suspend blinds from brackets attached to shower wall or an outside window (use garden hose), with three super suction brackets, spray really dirty blinds with cleaning solution, then simply rinse away tacky dirt, household allergens, down the drain! (03/02/2008)

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