Many homes have blinds on the windows because they are not only an economical choice; they also come in a vast array of styles and colors. However, what also comes with blinds is the necessity of cleaning them. There are several methods to choose from, depending upon how dirty the blinds are and what they are made from.
First and foremost, one of the easiest ways to keep any and all blinds clean is to dust them regularly. In a downward motion, take a dust cloth or duster and wipe them. This should be done weekly unless you live in a construction zone or with many animals. If that is the case, you may want to wipe them down more than once a week.
To add more oomph to cleaning, you can spray your custom blinds with some window cleaner and then wipe it off. Another way to clean your blinds using window cleaner is to place your hand in an old sock or cleaning glove. Spray the sock or glove with the cleaner and then place each blind between your thumb and fingers and move toward the wall. You can also use a solution of vinegar and water or furniture polish if you have blinds made of wood.
Another way to clean your blinds is to use the vacuum. This method is even easier than using a duster. Simply connect the dust brush connection and wipe down both sides of the blinds. Again, this should be done in a downward motion so that the blinds do not become detached or broken.
Many times when you first move into a new place or if you live near an airport or have blinds in your kitchen, the blinds seem to develop a black film on them. In order to get this off, you have two options. The first is to place old newspaper or an old sheet beneath the window. Then get a bucket of soapy water and a sponge. Wipe down each blind with the soapy sponge. Then, wipe with plain water and let dry.
The second option for getting blinds that have not been touched in a while clean is to take them down off the window and place them in the tub. Run hot water and add dish soap. Then, Let them sit for an hour or so. Next, drain the dirty water and rinse the blinds off under the tap or with the shower head. You can also use a clean wet sponge to wipe them off. Then, either hang them in the tub or wipe them dry. You can also place a sheet or old newspaper under the window and hang your blinds on the window to let them dry.
If fabric blinds are your window treatments, you can wipe them with a dust cloth and vacuum them with the dust brush, if they are especially dirty, you can either take them to the dry cleaner or put them in the washing machine. You would have to check with the manufacturer to determine which one is best.