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How to Clean Blinds


How to Clean Blinds

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A good set of blinds is prized for being able to provide beauty and functional use in our home. Unfortunately, learning how to clean blinds can be a difficult process. So, what is required to keep blinds clean and beautiful?
Difficulty: Hard
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Vacuum blinds. Whether your blinds are metal, wood, or plastic, vacuuming weekly with a brush attachment will go a long way towards keeping them clean. For best results, close the slats all the way to reach more surface area of the blinds as you vacuum.
  2. Spot clean. Finger marks, and dirt buildup may need some extra help after vacuuming. Try wiping small dirty sections with a damp sponge. To avoid water spotting, gently wipe dry.
  3. Bathe blinds. When only a deep cleaning will do, vacuum blinds first to remove as much dirt as possible. Remove metal, plastic, and painted blinds, dipping them in water mixed with a few drops of mild dish soap. The bathtub works well for this type of chore. NEVER immerse wooden blinds, or blinds with decorative tapes in water. Carefully towel dry to avoid streaking.
  4. Whiten dingy ropes and tapes.

    On many blinds with white cording, ropes, and taped areas, dinginess can be an issue. If washing doesn't help, try touching up the white areas with some white shoe polish. It's a nice temporary fix that will cover up most dinginess.

What You Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
  • Sponge
  • Bathtub or other large area
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Shoe polish
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