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Window Blind Cleaning Guide

March 22, 2024

Window Blind Cleaning Guide

Window Blind Cleaning Guide

Keeping your window blinds clean is not just about aesthetic appeal but also about prolonging their lifespan and ensuring the quality of your indoor air. Whether they’re honeycomb, shades, sheers, shutters, horizontal, or vertical blinds, each requires a specific approach to cleaning. Here is a tailored guide to help you refresh every type.

Honeycomb Blinds

Honeycomb blinds, known for their energy efficiency, can trap dust inside their unique cellular structure. To clean:

  • Use a Dusting Tool: For regular cleaning, lightly dust your honeycomb blinds with a feather duster or a soft, dry cloth.
  • Vacuum Gently: Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner at a low suction setting to remove dust from the cells.
  • Blow Dryer Trick: For more stubborn debris inside the cells, use a hair blow dryer on a cool setting to blow dust out.

Shades and Sheers

Shades and sheers are often made of delicate fabrics that require gentle care.

  • Soft Dusting: Begin by lightly dusting or vacuuming the fabric using the brush attachment on your vacuum.
  • Spot Cleaning: Address any stains by gently blotting with a damp cloth and a mild detergent, then air-dry.
  • Washing: If the fabric is marked as washable, detach and wash according to the fabric instructions, often using a mild detergent and cold water.


Typically made from wood or faux wood, shutters can be kept spotless with simple cleaning techniques.

  • Dust First: With a microfiber cloth or a duster, go over each slat to collect dust.
  • Wet Cleaning: For a deeper clean, lightly dampen a cloth with water or a mild cleaning solution and wipe each slat.
  • Dry Thoroughly: Make sure to dry shutters immediately with a clean cloth to prevent water damage.

Horizontal Blinds

For horizontal blinds, which easily collect dust, follow these tips:

  • Close and Dust: Close the blinds so that all slats are flat and dust thoroughly with a duster, microfiber cloth, or vacuum with a brush attachment.
  • Clean Both Sides: Remember to dust both sides of the slats.
  • Aerosol Magic: For a quick refresh, lightly spray with an aerosol spray designed for dusting, but ensure the product is safe for your blind material.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds can become dirty especially along the bottom edges.

  • Vacuum or Dust: Use a handheld vacuum or duster to remove surface dust.
  • Clean Individual Slats: If needed, remove slats and clean with a damp cloth or sponge, with a drop of mild detergent if necessary.
  • Dry Outright: Before rehanging, dry the slats completely to avoid water spots.

General Tips

  • Regular Maintenance: Make it a habit to dust or vacuum your blinds regularly to prevent build-up.
  • Manufacturer’s Instructions: Always check the cleaning guidelines provided by the manufacturer before using water, detergents, or household cleaners.
  • Safety First: When removing blinds for washing, ensure they’re properly reinstalled to prevent injury or damage.

By adhering to these cleaning tips, your window blinds will not only look better but will last longer, contributing to a cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful home environment.