Venetian blinds can be a wonderful way to offer you lighting flexibility and privacy, but many people are intimidated by them because they seem difficult to clean. However, the horizontal slats can be easily cleaned if you have some ideas about how to do it. Here are a few ways that you can keep your blinds free from dust and stains.
Use an Old Sock
One of the best ways to clean your blinds is to use clean, old socks. Simply slide an old sock over your hand, and run your hand over each individual slat. You will find that the dust sticks to the sock, and you have enough control with your hands that you are able to reach every part of each slat and can clean them completely.
Use Your Bathtub
If you don't have the patience to clean each individual slat, you can also enlist the help of your bathtub to clean your blinds. All you have to do is to unscrew the blinds from the window, fill the tub with warm water and submerge the blinds in the bathtub. If you wish, you can add a few drops of dish or laundry detergent to the water.
After the blinds have soaked for a while, use a cloth to wipe away dust. If there are stubborn stains, get an old toothbrush and brush the slat until the stain dissolves. To dry the blinds, use towels.
If you have wood blinds, it is important that you avoid putting the blinds in water, as the slats will absorb water and can become warped.
Use a Garden Hose
If you don't have a bathtub, or your blinds are too big to fit into it, do not despair. You can take your blinds outside and use a hose to clean them. When you do this, make sure you put down a tarp or sheet so that your blinds don't pick up additional debris from the dirt or grass. Because you can't soak the blinds, consider using a soft-bristled brush or a wet cloth to remove dust from the slats as you hose them down.
Again, wood blinds should not be cleaned this way, as they may warp after being exposed to water.
Now that you have some cleaning ideas for your blinds, use each tip to see what works best for you. You'll discover that keeping your Venetian blinds clean is easier than you may have thought.