The Best Way to Clean Blinds (Without Breaking Them)

If you're like me, you have a love/hate relationship with cleaning your blinds. You love how they look when they're clean but hate that it's such a pain to get them clean.

With all the nooks and crannies, it's easy to miss a spot (or two... or three). And if you're not careful, you can easily break them. No one wants that!

So, what's the best way to clean blinds without breaking them?

Today, we'll go over a few different methods, as well as some tips and tricks to make the process as painless as possible.

But first, let's answer a crucial question...

What Are the Different Types of Blinds?

First, it's essential to understand the different types of blinds. Otherwise, you could use the wrong cleaning method (which could damage your blinds).

There are four main types of blinds:

  1. Horizontal blinds
  2. Vertical blinds
  3. Roller blinds
  4. Pleated blinds

Each type of blind has its own unique cleaning needs. 

For horizontal and vertical blinds, you'll need to be careful not to bend or break the slats. 

With roller blinds, you'll need to be careful not to damage the fabric. 

And with pleated blinds, you'll need to be careful not to damage the pleats.

Besides, knowing the different types of blinds will also help you choose the best cleaning method for your needs. More on that later...

The most important thing to remember is that you should always consult your blinds' manufacturer for specific cleaning instructions. 

That way, you'll know that you're not doing anything that could damage your blinds.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's move on to the cleaning methods...

Cleaning Method #1: Dusting

Dusting is the most gentle way to clean your blinds. And it's also the most effective way to remove dust, dirt, and pollen.

Dusting horizontal and vertical blinds is best with a microfiber cloth. Simply run the cloth over each slat, getting both sides.

Try using a dusting brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner for roller blinds. Or, if you don't have one, you can use a microfiber cloth. Just be sure to go slowly, so you don't damage the fabric.

As for pleated blinds, you can use a dusting brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Or, you can use a microfiber cloth to gently brush away the dust.

Cleaning Method #2: Washing

Washing is more involved than dusting, but it's still relatively easy. And it's the best way to remove grease, fingerprints, and other stubborn dirt.

To wash horizontal and vertical blinds, you'll need to take them down and soak them in a tub of warm, soapy water. Then, use a microfiber cloth to wipe them clean. 

Once clean, rinse them with clean water and let them air dry.

For roller blinds, you can wash them by hand or in the washing machine. Just be sure to use a gentle cycle and mild detergent. Doing so will help prevent the fabric from shrinking or fading.

To wash pleated blinds, first vacuum them to remove any dust. Then, use a microfiber cloth dampened with warm water and mild detergent to wipe them down. 

Ultimately, you'll want to use a hairdryer on the cool setting to remove any residual moisture.

Cleaning Method #3: Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is the most effective way to clean blinds, but it's also the most time-consuming.

You'll need to set up your steamer and wait for it to heat up before starting. Once it's ready, hold the steamer close to the blinds and move it back and forth until the entire surface is covered.

Be sure to hold the steamer close, but don't let it touch the blinds, as this can damage them. After you've steamed the blinds, use a microfiber cloth to wipe away any residue.

When You Should Call a Professional

Even if you're careful, there's always a risk of damaging your blinds when cleaning them. If you're not confident in your ability to clean them without damaging them, it's best to call a professional.

A professional cleaner will have the necessary experience and equipment to clean your blinds without damaging them. Plus, they'll be able to do it in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it yourself.

At Custom Maids, for example, we have a team of experienced professionals who are experts in blind cleaning. We use a safe, effective ultrasonic cleaning system that will leave your blinds looking new.

Moreover, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can rest assured that you're getting the best possible value for your money.

If you're interested in having your blinds professionally cleaned, we'd be more than happy to give you a free, no-obligation quote. Just give us a call and let us know what you need. We look forward to hearing from you!


When cleaning blinds, there is a right and wrong way to go about it. If you want to avoid damaging your blinds and keep them looking clean and new, then it's essential to follow the proper steps.

Hopefully, this article has given you a better understanding of how to clean blinds without damaging them. 

If you have any questions or want a free quote for professional blind cleaning services, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

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