I get this question a lot: “how do I clean my blinds?” We sometimes think that blind cleaning needs to be a tedious task, but it doesn’t always have to be so difficult.
A few weeks ago, I got new motorized blinds installed from Somfy and Glamour Decorating. I’m head over heels in love with these shades and want to make sure that I keep them clean so they last a long time. I especially love that they’re motorized – sleek and modern, and most importantly easier to clean.
The thing about blinds is that different materials require different cleaning methods. But once you know how to clean them, it’s really easy.
Keep reading below to learn more about the different types of materials and how to best clean them.
You most often see synthetic fabric used in roman shades, cellular shades, and fabric vertical blinds. They’re great for filtering light and have the added advantage of coming in a number of colors and styles. When it comes to cleaning fabric, your vacuum will be your most handy tool. Use the dust brush of your vacuum to gently remove dust and dirt that has accumulated on your blinds. To spot clean, use a damp rang and dab at the spots.
Plastic blinds (most often made of vinyl or PVC) are a popular choice for their affordability. They flex easily, are washable and are less likely to break and are much easier to maintain than other types of blinds. Clean them by simply wiping them down with a dry cloth or soap and water mixture.
Metal blinds—most likely to be made from aluminum—are known for their durability. They’re able to withstand long periods of exposure to the sun without damage and, when cared for properly, can last for years. The best way to clean aluminum blinds is by using a dry rag to wipe off any dirt and dust. If it’s been a while since you last cleaned your blinds and they’re especially dirty, try using a combination of gentle soap and cold water.
Nothing beats the look and feel of natural wood, but when it comes to cleaning wood blinds, it’s important to be extra careful. One thing you should never do is wash your wooden blinds with water- this can cause warping and discoloration. You should also avoid using harsh chemicals that can potentially damage the blinds. Instead, simply use a dry feather duster or soft cloth to gently wipe away any dust and dirt.
If you already have blinds, but they’re not motorized, check out Somfy’s DIY Clever Tilt Blind Motorization Kit that allows people to motorize their existing blinds!
The most important thing to remember is to upkeep with cleaning your blinds. The longer you let them get dirty, the harder it will be to clean them. That’s why I recommend doing a quick cleaning about once a month.