Hey friends!! When was the last time you took a close look at your blinds? Go ahead and go look, I’ll wait. We hardly ever think about our blinds until we decide to do a good spring cleaning – OR – you’re peeking out the window and realize that you just left a huge fingerprint in an inch of dust on one of the slats. YUCK! Having pets and kids in the house can really do a number on our windows, especially the blinds. If you ever wanted to know how to clean blinds the easy way, here’s my tips!
The Way We’ve Always Done It..
In the past, my method on how to clean blinds was to:
- Step 1: put it off as long as possible
- Step 2: Moaning and groan a bit about it and finally…
- Step 3: Resort to the swiffer wipes. Cleaning and scrubbing every. single. slat. on our blinds.
That’s enough to make you want to rip them all down and start over. Who has time or patience for that? Maybe you, and I admire you if you do!
This time I’ve found an easy way to clean our blinds. Now, this first method I’m going to share is for plastic or faux wood blinds. I’ll talk about the best way to clean your real wood blinds a little further down.
The Easy Way
If you are into homemade non-chemical cleaning methods, then I admire you and want to be like you. Seriously, I want to learn your methods. Nonetheless, this post might not be for you, sorry! However, I believe you can still achieve CLEAN by using Castile Soap and maybe a bit more agitation of the water instead of the method I’m about to share with you. I like fast and easy – and disinfected – so I used this method below.
Faux Wood Blinds
I used some good ol’ fashioned bleach and water. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. (Safety warning: Bleach and all chemicals should always be kept strictly out of reach and access to all pets and children of all ages!)
We have a huge bathtub in our master bath and it worked perfectly for cleaning the blinds, but any size tub that fits your blinds will work. I mixed some bleach with hot water in the tub, and let the blinds soak for a about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse extremely well. If you wanted to try a safer route, I recommend using vinegar instead of the bleach. That will be my next method. Also if you’re blinds are not white (or supposed to be white in my case) then I wouldn’t recommend bleach as it may discolor them. You could also substitute the bleach for Dawn dish soap.
It happened to a warm day out when I did this, so I laid our blinds out in the sun as we dried them. I used a towel to get the excess water off the blinds and the mechanical components and let the good sunshine do the rest!
What if I have REAL wood blinds??
Okay now I know some of you are going to gasp and say, “NO, water will completely ruin my wood blinds.” I get it, and yes, it could. The company that sold those wood blinds to you would most likely fall out of their chair with what I’m about to tell you. So if you are desperate to get your blinds clean… if you have an inch of grime that has built up over more than a year, if you are at your wits end of just tossing them out or living with the grime, then hear me out on this.
To get your wood blinds clean, you can use the same method above BUT with some changes. Instead of bleach or Dawn dish soap, use Murphy’s Oil Wood Soap in your hot water. It doesn’t take much, maybe a cap full.
Gently lower your blinds into the water. We just want to dip the blinds in the water maybe 2-3 times gently. Be sure to just dip the blinds, and not let them soak. We do not want to completely saturate the wood.
Remove the blinds from the water and wipe with a towel immediately to prevent spotting, discoloration, or warping.
If you are worried about the water with the wood, then I would recommend using a very dry/damp sponge and cleaning them by hand. I also like my new Linkyo Spin Mop for wood floors and it could be used to clean your wood blinds. Just lay them flat and use the microfiber mop head to clean your blinds! I use this cleaner with it. LOVE IT and totally worth every penny!!
And then there’s those Venetian Fabric Blinds!
Fabric blinds can be tricky to clean. For regular dust and dirt, use a vacuum cleaner. But for heavier dust, wipe each slat gently with a dry sponge. Maybe there are stains on the fabric. You can try sponging on warm water or mild liquid soap. Blot, don’t rub, because rubbing can damage the fabric. I recommend testing any cleaning product in an inconspicuous area first!
When You Have a Slight Malfunction
So after I got the blinds clean and laid out in the sun to dry there was a slight problem…
Somehow in the transporting of the blinds from the upstairs bathroom to the back deck, I broke one of the slats. Although I thought this was a great excuse for some new window treatments, I decided I better go with a DIY quick fix.
All I had to do was replace the broken slat with a perfectly good one! Luckily I had a couple of extra slats on the bottom of the blinds. I used the same technique to fix my blinds that is used when you need to shorten them.
Using a screwdriver, pop off the plastic buttons on the bottom of the blinds. (By the way, it’s best to do this while the blinds are hanging up.)
Then pull out all the extra string and remove the plastic button. I had to cut the pull cord to remove the plastic button. Cut just above the knot.
Then locate your broken slat in the blinds and slide the pull cord all the way out to that location.
Once the pull cord is pulled out (no pun intended) on both sides, you can easily slide the broken slat outta there and move a new one from the very bottom into it’s place.
Presto!! Then just re-thread the pull cord back through all the slats until you reach the bottom.
Re-thread the plastic buttons back onto the pull cords and tie a knot to hold it on.
Push all the extra strings back into the hole and secure the plastic button and you’re done!!
Now I’ll be keeping the faux wood blinds a little longer. With the quick cleaning I did on them, they look brand new!! No more sticky fingerprints or who knows what else.
Hope you have a great week! Anyone else out there getting Spring Fever yet??