Now that summer is coming full force, it’s time to open up those blinds and let the sunshine in! That may be a little difficult to do if your blinds are covered in winter gunk and dust. Instead of taking hours to get them nice and clean again, here are some super easy and quick ways to take care of them. Keep in mind: different materials will require different cleaning procedures.

Cleaning Tip #1: Clean with the Blinds’ Natural Form

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Should you have vertical blinds, clean them with an up and down motion. If you have horizontal blinds, clean from side to side. If you go against the blinds’ natural grain, then you risk damaging them or taking a lot longer if they get unattached or tangled. This way, you’ll clean every part of the blinds while also avoiding any damage at all.

Cleaning Tip #2: If You Can, Use a Vacuum

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If your vacuum has a suction or tube attachment, try using them on your blinds. This will make cleaning mcu faster and also gets rid of any big chunks or sections of dirt and grime. Make sure the vacuum filter is clean so it doesn’t kick the dust back out when it’s turned on.

Cleaning Tip #3: If Using Cleaner, Spray onto Cloth First

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If your blinds are made from a material that require a specific cleaner, then make sure to follow this suggestion! Instead of spraying the cleaner directly onto the blinds, apply it to a cloth and use the cloth to spread the cleaner. This will keep you from wasting cleaner while making the application as quick as you can.

Cleaning Tip #4: Feather Duster

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If you’re looking for a fast but relatively good clean, use a feather duster. This easily cleans between the slats of the blinds while also picking up any dust or dirt that may have settled on them. This method won’t deep clean the blinds, but it can tide you over until you have time to clean the rest of them.

Cleaning Tip #5: Vinegar Water Mixture on Glove or a Sock

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If you want a more fine-tuned approach to cleaning your blinds, give this a try. Create a half vinegar and half water mixture. Put on a pair of gloves and dip your fingers in the mixture. You’ll be able to slide your fingers across the tops and bottoms of each blind, giving you a quick and direct clean.

Cleaning Tip #6: Gently Spray with Garden Hose

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Certain blinds (like vinyl or aluminum ones) can be removed, taken outside and given a good hose down. I would only suggest this for blinds that are super dirty, since it requires detaching the blinds from the wall. When you hose the blinds down, be careful that the water pressure doesn’t damage the blinds. Once you’ve washed them down (and dried up as much excess water as possible), hang them up so they can drip dry.

Cleaning Tip #7: Soak in the Tub

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Another option for cleaning vinyl and aluminum blinds is soaking them in the tub. Fill up the tub with warm water and add a bit of dish soap. Swirl it around so you get that nice, bubbly mixture, and place the blinds in the tub. Let them soak for a few hours, pull them out and dry them off. Make sure they’re completely dry before you hang them back up.

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.