How to Clean Venetian Blinds

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Venetian blinds are great for blocking out light, providing privacy and, unfortunately, collecting dust. A gentle wipe with a feather duster once a week helps, but a through cleaning is necessary several times a year to remove built-up grime and dust that detracts from the air quality inside the home. Below are a few tips on how to clean Venetian blinds.

Things You'll Need

  • Blinds
  • Bathtub
  • Vinegar
  • Towel
  • Open the blinds fully before removing them from their window tracking and placing them in the bathtub. If you don't have a bathtub, a child's plastic pool works just as well.

  • Fill the bathtub with warm water about three quarters of the way full or enough to completely cover the blinds.

  • Add 1 gallon of white vinegar to the bathwater and swish it around with your hands. The vinegar will corrode the grime on the blinds without eating into the blinds themselves.

  • Let the blinds soak in the bathwater until the dirt has completely disintegrated. Stir the water to loosen surface dirt from the blinds.

  • Empty the bathtub and rinse the tub and blinds in cold water. Use the shower or showerhead attachment. Cleaning your bathtub fully after finishing with the blinds is highly recommended.

  • Allow blinds to dry outside on a large clean towel in the summertime. During cold weather, pat dry blinds using a soft clean towel before hanging back on the window.

  • Dust blinds weekly to help maintain the blinds and prevent the build up of moisture and grime. An old sock on the end of a broom handle is a good way to get between the slats.

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