Simple Tricks for Cleaning Window Blinds and Shades

Window treatments such as blinds and shades offer more than protection to your windows. With the right choice of color and style, your window blinds and shades can also be a great complement to your overall interior design.  The downside of blinds and shades, however, is that they are also prone to easy wear and tear when not properly cleaned and maintained.  Blinds do not require rigorous cleanup every day, but a thorough and proper cleaning two or three times a month will help increase their lifespan.

Below are some simple tricks to use when cleaning your window blinds and shades:

  • Vacuum your blinds and shades once a week to keep dust and other dirt from accumulating. Use the soft head brush attachment on your vacuum so you don’t damage them.
  • Avoid using too much water on wooden blinds. In fact, use a dry damp sponge when wiping dust and finger marks on your wooden blinds. Water will only seep through the wood and contribute to its aging.
  • Aluminum blinds are easy to clean quickly with warm water and a clean cloth. Since the slats are smooth, the cloth can slide easily to remove dust.
  • Do not use the washing machine to clean your blinds. This will only cause them to lose their shape.  Instead, wipe them clean with a damp cloth.
  • When cleaning fabric roller shades it is more efficient to take them down instead of  cleaning in place. Take down your roller shades and lay them on flat ground, then use a sponge or cloth to wipe them clean. Afterward, dry each section with a clean cloth.
  • For blinds that are not easy to pull down, you can clean them in place by using a bucket of water and detergent solution. Wash each slat with a sponge full of the detergent solution and then rinse with water alone. Dry each slat with a dry cloth. Wooden blinds are an exception (see above).
  • Use fabric softener on your slats, so dust and dirt will not accumulate on them. If you don’t have liquid fabric softener, use a softener sheet instead.
  • Remove spots on your window shades with a soft eraser.


Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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