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We love window blinds but we’ll be the first to tell you – it’s all too easy to damage them. A little extra force is all it takes to wind up with a broken slat.

With a gentle touch and the right tools, you can effectively clean your blinds and banish dust – without any damage.

How to Clean Vinyl or Alternative Wood Window Blinds

alternative wood window blinds

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  • To reduce static cling and help repel dust, wipe the product with dryer sheets.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents, as they will scratch or damage the surface.
  • Alternative Wood Blinds, like the Hunter Douglas EverWood® Collection, will need to air dry to preserve the dust repellent properties of the slats.
  • Vinyl shutters (like the Hunter Douglas Clean Palm Beach™ Polysatinshutters) should be cleaned with mild soap and water. Do not use ammonia-based products.

How to Clean Wooden Window Blinds

Wooden window blinds

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  • Clean using a dry, soft feather duster, clean cloth, dust cloth or dusting mitt. A vacuum with a soft brush attachment can also be used.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning or use of chemical solvents and scrubbing cleansers are not They will damage the product.
  • Protect all fine wood products from exposure to steam, high moisture areas, rain or sprinkler systems to ensure their long life.
  • When cleaning any window, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying directly on the window. This will prevent damage to the wood finish by splattering cleaner.

How to Clean Cloth Tapes on Wooden Window Blinds

tapes on wooden window blinds

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  • Spot-cleaning with fabric cleaning wipes found at your grocery store is recommended for all tapes. These will typically not leave a stain or discolor the tapes. We suggest a cleaning test on the underneath side of the blind where the tape wraps around the bottom rail where any stain would be the least visible.
  • 100% polyester tapes can be spot-cleaned with cool distilled water using a clean white cloth. Support the tape from behind using another clean cloth that is dry. Use a gentle blotting action to clean the spot or soiled area. Rinse by blotting with clean distilled water. Let air dry. A gentle detergent can also be used on the 100% polyester trims. Spot-cleaning may result in cleaner areas.
  • If the tape is shiny or has a luster, do not use water. The tape is most likely rayon or acetate. The result will be a water stain. Wipes are the best for all fiber contents.

With these tips, you’ll be a window cleaning pro in no time. And if you do still break a blind…our blind repair technicians are here for you.

Blind Installation and Repair is ready make any blind repairs beyond the DIY variety, as well as provide top-notch blind installationContact our expert blind installers today. We’d be happy to help!

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