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How to dust and clean window blinds easily

Submitted by Tech Insider on April 8, 2021 - 11:15am

 
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Window blinds can be a price-conscious way to add privacy to your windows, protect your belongings from sun damage, and even add a decorative touch to your home. There are nearly as many different types of window blinds as there are decorating styles. Available in wood, faux wood, plastic, metal, and even fabric, the blinds can be made to measure or purchased ready to hang in standard-size windows.

One thing that every type of blind has in common is that it gets dusty and dirty. Weekly dusting can help control the amount of grime that builds up on the slats. But if you don't remove dust regularly, it can combine with grease and other particles in the air to become sticky and much more difficult to remove.

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I've got 20+ years in the cleaning industry and my favorite tool for cleaning blinds is the Hiware Window Blind Cleaner Duster. This cleverly-designed little gadget has three prongs attached to a handle so I can clean three slats — top and bottom — at a time. There are microfiber "gloves" that slip over the prongs to capture the dust. Since the tool comes with five sets of gloves, I can do the entire house and then toss the gloves in the washer to use again.

When I'm ready to do a more thorough cleaning, the tool works well with any cleaning solutions needed. Yes, even with regular dusting, there will be a time when the blinds need to be cleaned and not just dusted. This is particularly the case for kitchen blinds that are exposed to grease particles and bathroom blinds that end up catching bits of hair spray.

How to dust window blinds

Weekly cleaning keeps your home free of dirt, dust, and grime. This applies to nearly every surface, including your window blinds. All of this cleaning can be rather time-consuming, but the following steps prove very efficient for cleaning window blinds.

  1. If you cannot easily reach the top of the window, always use a sturdy step ladder while you are cleaning.
  2. If you are using the three-pronged Hiware Window Blind Cleaner Duster, simply open the blinds fully and start at the top of the window and work your way down, making sure that you wipe across each slat of the blind.
  3. If you choose to use a regular duster, close the blinds so they are flat against the window. Start at the top and wipe each slat horizontally. Slowly move down the blind making sure you clean each individual slat.
  4. Rotate the blinds to expose the other side of the slats and repeat the process.
  5. While you're dusting, don't forget the header of the blind and the windowsill.

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How to clean window blinds

When blinds become dingy and feel sticky to the touch, it's time to give them a thorough cleaning. For most households, this should be done at least twice a year. The type of cleaner you use will depend on the material for the blinds. Natural wood blinds require a cleaner that is recommended for wood floors. Metal, faux wood, and plastic blinds can be easily cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner.

  1. When you're ready to do a thorough cleaning, always begin by dusting first to remove as much grime as possible. Remember to use that sturdy step ladder to reach upper edges.
  2. If you have natural wood blinds, Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray cleans and protects the wood, and is simple to use. For metal, vinyl, and plastic blinds, Method All-Purpose Surface Cleaner cuts through the grime. If kitchen blinds have excessive amounts of grease buildup, use Method Heavy Duty Degreaser Spray. All of these cleaners are ideal because they do not require rinsing.
  3. You can use the Hiware Window Blind Cleaner or microfiber cloths for wiping down the blind slats during cleaning. You may need several cloths to clean an entire room of window blinds.
  4. Always start at the top so that any drips can be caught later as you clean. Spritz the cleaning product onto one of the microfiber cloths. With the blinds closed flat against the window, wipe down each slat with the cleaner-sprayed cloth. 
  5. Keep moving to a clean area of the cloth as the soil is transferred from the blinds and proceed down the blinds.
  6. Rotate the slats so that the other side of the blinds is exposed and repeat the cleaning process.
  7. To clean the strings or ladders that hold the slats together, use foaming shaving cream. Spray a bit of shaving cream onto a cloth, grasp the soiled area of the string with the cloth and rub. The shaving cream will remove the soil without leaving any drips and no rinsing is needed.

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