How to Properly Clean Fabric Blinds

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Mark Jardine
April 02, 2024
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Designing your unique window treatments is fun because fabric shades, curtains, and draperies come in hundreds of fabric options and styles. While some fabrics, such as those embroidered or brocade patterns with layers and linings, may only need a little maintenance, others may even need expert cleaning.

Two primary categories of fabric blinds to be aware of

  • In one design, plastic slats that are semi-flexible and covered with fabric are strung together. Slats may be horizontal or vertical.
  • Another variety of fabric or cloth blinds has woven slats that can darken a room or be translucent. These blinds are made of a fabric that produces the soft lighting effects of a shade while still providing the same level of light control as conventional wooden, metal, or plastic blinds.

Equipment / Tools / Materials

  • Vacuum with hose and upholstery brush
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Small bowls
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda

How to Properly Clean Fabric Blinds

  • Close the blinds: After gathering your cleaning goods and the vacuum, open the vertical or horizontal blinds over the window. Tilt the slats so that most fabric area is exposed and closed.
  • Clean Up the Dust: Use a vacuum with a hose and upholstery brush attachment to easily dust the blinds. If you don't have a suitable vacuum, dust the blinds by rubbing a microfiber cloth across each slat.
  • Look for stains: After dusting, look for stains on the blinds caused by food spills, greasy hands, or bug droppings.
  • Mix a Cleaning Solution: Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid - no more than 1/4 teaspoon - to two cups of warm water in a bowl. To spread the dish soap, stir the water with a spoon or your fingers.
  • Clean Spot Stains: A microfiber cloth can be dipped in the cleaning solution and wrung out until it stops dripping. To support the blind, place one hand behind the region that has to be cleaned. The cloth will be protected from harm as a result. Gently dab the stain with the wet, soapy towel. If you scrub, the cloth could be torn or worn down.
  • Dry the blinds with air: Allow the blinds to air-dry with the cords fully stretched. Applying direct heat from a heater or hairdryer is not advised.
Properly cleaning fabric blinds is essential for maintaining their appearance and longevity. By following the right techniques and using gentle cleaning methods, you can effectively remove dust, dirt, and stains from your fabric blinds without causing damage.
Remember to start with regular dusting, spot clean as needed, and occasionally deep clean using mild solutions. Taking care of your fabric blinds enhances their aesthetic appeal and contributes to a healthier indoor environment. So, let's commit to keeping our fabric blinds clean and well-maintained, ensuring they continue to enhance our living spaces for years to come.