What's the easiest way to clean Venetian blinds? Spring clean secrets revealed

Are you tired of dirty-looking or dusty blinds? We explain the easiest and fastest ways to clean the blinds in your home.

Last updated: 26 March 2018 - 11.09am

Venetian blinds are a popular and modern-looking window covering in any room in the home. However, they do attract dirt and grease and need to be cared for regularly to keep on top of the dirt build-up.

Below, we cover the main ways to care for metal and PVC blinds. Wooden or faux-wooden blinds need special attention because the use of cleaning fluids and water-based methods can cause them to warp as they dry. You can also damage the varnish and finish. Test a small patch in an unnoticeable place on your blind with the cleaning method you plan to use to be sure it is suitable.

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Method 1: Clean with your hands

Begin by closing the blind. Get a soft cotton glove, a dust-attractant glove or a clothes dryer sheet. Even kitchen paper towels will work if necessary but be sure to replace them regularly as you clean. Clothes dryer sheets are great because they reduce the static electricity.

If cleaning wooden or faux wooden blinds, run your glove from the centre to the edge, both to the left and right. For plastic or metallic slats, dampen the glove slightly with water or a multi-purpose cleaner and wipe across the slats. Before doing this, check that the cleaning fluid you use is suitable for the material your blind is made from.

Once completed, open the blind and shut it back the opposite way. Again run your fingers lightly over the slats. If easier, open the slats and run your fingers under the slats.

Make sure you clean your glove or change cleaning sheet regularly to stop the dirt building up and going back on to the blind.

Method 2: Clean with a vacuum cleaner

Start by closing the slats. Affix the soft duster brush attachment. Avoid using a nozzle without this attachment, as you may scratch or chip the slats.

Hold the blind to prevent it banging as you move the vacuum nozzle over it. Vacuum from the center outwards, left and right.

Continue until you finish the blind. Open and shut the slats the other way and clean the underside.

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Method 3: Outdoor cleaning for warm days

Fill a bucket with warm water and 1/4 cup dish detergent. Hammer 2 nails into your fence to hold the blinds. Set bucket of water, bottle of mild spray cleaner, and a broom nearby. Have a garden hose nearby for rinsing.

Remove the blind from the window and take outside to hang onto the fence. Close the blind.

Generously spray with mild spray cleaner and leave for one minute, then dip the broom into the bucket of soapy water and scrub side-to-side.

Once completed on one side, reopen in the opposite direction and repeat the application of a mild spray cleaner. When you have finished, rinse the blind thoroughly with a garden hose and leave to dry outdoors.

Method 4: Clean metal Venetian blinds easily

Take the blind down from the window and lay it flat outside with something soft underneath to stop it getting scratched. Spray the blind with a multi-purpose cleaner and leave for five minutes.

Using a soft broom, gently scrub the blind to remove dirt and stains. When finished, gently hose the blind off with fresh water.

Leave it to dry on a fence or over a clothes line. Once it's dry, take it back indoors and re-hang.

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Method 5: Deep clean a metal or PVC Venetian blind

This method is for deep cleaning, when the grime build-up has become overwhelming (usually when the blind has been hanging in the kitchen or bathroom. Do not use this method on wooden Venetians. Try to avoid this more strenuous cleaning routine by cleaning more regularly using lighter cleaning methods.

Begin by closing the blind and taking it down. Be sure to keep an eye on any loose pieces and not lose them.

Place the blind in the bath and ensure it is fully covered by warm water. Add a simple cleaning solution, such as washing up liquid or bleach.

Leave the blind to soak for half an hour. Scrub gently with a soft cleaning brush. It the blind has a deep build-up of grime, it may need to soak overnight.

Once clean rinse the blind thoroughly with fresh water. Hang it over the side of the bath to dry or if needed, a hairdryer set on cool can speed up the drying process.

When dry, re-hang the blind.

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