How to Clean Cheap Plastic Blinds

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Plastic blinds add privacy to homes.
Plastic blinds add privacy to homes. (Image: Kim Carson/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Although inexpensive, plastic venetian blinds are durable, versatile and low maintenance. Plastic blinds essentially consist of vinyl, which withstands sun exposure and lasts for years. Like all window coverings, plastic blinds inevitably collect dust and grime. Besides their unsightly appearance, filthy plastic blinds can harbor allergens that evoke reactions in homeowners. Regularly cleaning plastic blinds prevents gunk buildup while contributing to a home’s cleanliness and aesthetic appeal. Clean cheap plastic blinds with basic products.

Things You'll Need

  • Dryer sheets
  • Cotton towels
  • Commercial multipurpose cleaner
  • 2 microfiber cloths
  • Pail
  • Paper towels

Moisten a clean dryer sheet with water. Rub the moistened dryer sheet over both sides of every open plastic slat to remove loose dust. Use a fresh, moistened dryer sheet for each slat.

Prepare for further cleaning by covering the windowsill and floor under the blind with cotton towels. Towels are useful for absorbing the cleaner as it drips down the blind.

Spray commercial multipurpose cleaner onto a microfiber cloth. Prepare a pail of warm water for rinsing the cloth.

Wipe the microfiber cloth and cleaner along both sides of each open slat to remove attached dust and filth. Rinse the cloth in the water after washing each slat. Spray fresh cleaner onto the cloth after each rinse.

Rinse the pail and fill it with fresh water. Using a clean microfiber cloth, wipe the water across each slat to rinse off lingering cleaner and filth.

Buff each clean plastic slat with clean paper towels until dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute an ammonia solution for the multipurpose cleaner spray. Test the solution on the blind first.
  • Drape the blind over a clothesline and spray the slats with water.
  • Hot water can damage plastic blinds.

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