How to Wash Vertical Blinds


Vertical blinds are effective in keeping the home insulated from the harsh rays of the sun. These blinds can attract large amounts of dust and dander and should be cleaned regularly. A bucket of warm sudsy water and several towels are all of the tools necessary to tidy up any set of vertical blinds.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bucket
  • 5 rags
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Fill bucket with warm but not scalding water. For each gallon of water add 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap to the bucket. Stir the soap into the water until it is combined and sudsy.

  • Open the vertical blinds so that the slats allow the sun to shine through. Place a rag under the section of blinds that will be cleaned first; this rag will catch any dripping soapy water from running onto the floor. Dip a clean rag into the soapy water and saturate, squeeze the rag to eliminate excessive water.

  • Wipe the rag down the length of the blind beginning at the top. Use a gentle circular scrubbing motion to free any stubborn debris. Rise the rag in the soapy water often. Ring it out and continue wiping the blinds.

  • Work in small sections down the length of the blinds. Continue to place a dry rag underneath the work area. Once all sections have been cleaned with soapy water, dump the bucket of soapy water and rinse the bucket well.

  • Fill the bucket with fresh cool water to wipe the blinds again.

  • Repeat wiping the blinds. Start in the same order as before with clean water and a clean rag. Remove all traces of soapy water and wipe away moisture with a fresh dry rag.

  • Allow the blinds to dry overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you wish to protect your hands from cleaners, wear a pair of latex gloves while cleaning the blinds.

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