Do you want to keep your blinds looking great? Whether it’s a wooden blind, Roman blind, shutter or a pair of curtains, we’ve got all the know-how for cleaning your window treatments quickly and effectively.
Discover the Blinds Direct ultimate guide for cleaning blinds and curtains, including how to remove stubborn stains, how to avoid fading, discolouration and damage, and the best tools to use, including our ostrich feather duster and slat cleaner. Looking for a specific guide? Jump straight to the right place:
Wooden blinds | Faux wooden blinds | Roller blinds | Roman blinds | Vertical blinds
Day and Night blinds | Aluminium blinds | Shutters | Curtains
How to clean Wooden blinds
Wooden blinds are very easy to clean, as long as you use the right techniques and products.
Dusting is one of the quickest and most effective methods for cleaning your wooden blinds. Use a slat cleaner, feather duster or a clean, dry cloth, wiping gently downwards so as not to not disturb the slats. Wipe once when the slats are open, and again when closed. This will remove all surface dust.
You can also use a gentle suction setting on your vacuum cleaner with a soft attachment. Do not use a vacuum cleaner unless you have a soft brush attachment, as your slats may become scuffed and scratched. Clean the slats from one end to the other, taking care not to knock or disturb the arrangement. You could take your blinds down to do this, but if possible, leave them hung for ease.
Any sticky patches or grease should be rubbed gently with a clean, damp cloth. You could also use washing up liquid. Baby wipes also work well to remove these types of marks. Don’t forget to go back with a dry cloth to absorb any residue. If possible, leave your windows open during and after the cleaning process to encourage the evaporation of any residual water.
Remember, excessive moisture can cause serious damage to wooden blinds. When saturated, the wood will expand, which can then lead to bending and breaking. Any stains, varnishes and finishes on the wooden slats may also fade and peel if the wrong products are used. With that in mind, you should try to avoid liquid or chemical products when cleaning your wooden blinds.
1. Very easy to clean
2. Use a slat cleaner, feather duster or dry cloth
3. Brush attachment on vacuum works well
4. Remove stubborn stains with care
5. Avoid liquid products
It doesn’t take long to clean your roller blinds and get them looking as good as new. If you’ve purchased PVC or easy wipe roller blinds, you’re in luck – your blinds will be even more simple to clean, thanks to their water resistant and wipe-clean properties.
Keep on top of your rollers by wiping them with a clean, damp cloth. Roll all the way down and wipe from top to bottom. Allow your roller blind to dry before raising it again. You should aim to do this a couple of times a month, incorporating it into your wider cleaning routine.
Your roller blinds can be cleaned with baby wipes, as long as you rub gently so as not to remove any coating.
Clean plastic roller blind chain or cord with warm soapy water. Do not clean steel or brass chains this way, as they will become rusty over time. This is a good opportunity to check that your safety device is in place and working correctly. If not, it’s time to invest in a new chain or cord tidy, which will ensure your window treatment is child-safe. You can also clean the roller blind mechanism with a simple silicone spray, which will banish dirt as well as preventing squeaking and stiffness. Be careful when you spray and avoid contacting the actual roller blind fabric, which may react badly to the spray and could lead to bleaching or discolouration.
1. Very easy to clean
2. Clean regularly with a damp cloth
3. Use baby wipes
4. Don’t forget to clean the mechanism
Roman blinds require regular, light cleaning to maintain their look and feel. Because they are constructed from soft fabrics, such as cotton and linen, marks and stains can be more difficult to deal with. However, dust and dirt can be tackled easily. You can do this with a soft brush attachment and low setting on your vacuum cleaner. Open the blind fully and brush from top to bottom, focusing on the edges of the blind, which tend to collect more dust and dirt. You should only vacuum the front of your Roman blind.
Do not use stain remover on your Roman blind as this may affect the colour. You can use baby wipes to remove stains. If your blind is made from silk or faux silk, you should not attempt to clean it in any way.
The soft fabric of Roman blinds is susceptible to aromas around the home, including cooking and cigarette smoke. When the item can’t be washed, you can tackle smells with a shop-bought or homemade odour eliminator. Try sprinkling baking soda over the surface of your blind and leaving it for 24 hours, allowing any moisture to be absorbed. You can then vacuum your blind on a gentle setting.
As with any soft fabric, your cleaning methods should depend on the fabric. All fabric types come with different advice for cleaning, and if you are ever unsure, you should seek advice from a dry cleaner who is well aware of the composition of the fabric. You can also get in touch with our helpful team.
1. Take care when cleaning
2. Focus on the edges of the blind
3. Baby wipes should be used on stains
4. Try baking soda for stubborn odours
Vertical blinds require very little maintenance due to their long, downwards-hanging louvres. This means they are less likely to collect dust, as there’s very little area for it to settle.
Most vertical blinds are constructed from flexible polyester or similar, which makes them easily wipe-clean with a clean, damp cloth.
If you want to undertake a thorough clean and concentrate on each louvre individually, it may be easier to unclip and remove your vertical blinds from the rail.
You should always dry your vertical blinds naturally to maintain their shape, size and colour. If your louvres have been thoroughly saturated in the cleaning process, do not hang them to dry, as this will cause the water to settle at the bottom of the fabric. Instead, lay each louvre down on a clean flat surface and allow them to dry naturally before rehanging.
You should also pay attention to the headrail and connecting chains as they may be more dirty and sticky than you realise. Start by unclipping the louvres from the brackets, then wiping under the rail with a damp cloth. Use a silicone spray on the mechanism and any chains. Allow these areas to dry, then clip your louvres back into place. You could also use baby wipes for this.