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
- 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™ Polysatin™shutters) should be cleaned with mild soap and water. Do not use ammonia-based products.
How to Clean Wooden Window Blinds
- 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
- 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 installation. Contact our expert blind installers today. We’d be happy to help!