Today, the name of the game is clean. I don’t care if we’re talking about your socks, your toilet or your doorknobs and countertops. Everything’s better when it is clean.
When you neglect your blinds, they can become filled with dust, skin cells (ewe), pet fur, dander and other bothersome allergens and potentially harmful yucky stuff. Fortunately, if you don’t let it go until those pesky cows come home; the job of cleaning your blinds isn’t hard.
First-off and most importantly, when you mix dust with water, you get “dust mud.” So you will obviously want to keep this chore on the dry side. Then, basically, the rule of thumb is if you know what your blinds are made of, you know how to clean them.
If you have cloth blinds, use your vacuum attachment while your blinds are open and closed. If your blinds are made of solid material, use a duster or cloth while your blinds are both open and closed. In both cases, you will want to work from top to bottom so that you can remove any dust that falls as you continue to clean the lower blinds. Then just use your vacuum to suck up any dust that may have fallen on your floor. Finish wood blinds by using a cloth with wood cleaner on both sides.
For more heavily soiled cloth or wooden blinds, remove extra dust with the brush attachment on your vacuum. If your heavily soiled blinds are plastic, you can let them soak in warm water in your tub for at least an hour. Wipe them clean with a smooth cloth. Dry your blinds using a clean, dry cloth or hang them up outside to air-dry (not during pollen season).
Just remember…don’t put cleaning those blinds out of your mind! It’s easier to keep up with your blind cleaning maintenance when you clean your blinds every few weeks or so.