Best Way to Clean Vertical Blinds

Posted on November 01, 2021



Vertical blinds are a simple and elegant way of dressing any window. The angled slats allow optimum light control that can also be enhanced through the choice of colour. As with any blind style, you may notice a build-up of dust and dirt on the slats of your blinds over time. Vertical blinds attract less dust compared to other styles, however, they will still need a deep clean from time to time. Here at BlindsCo, we have a wide selection of vertical blinds in a range of styles and colours. We’ve compiled this short guide to help you give your blinds a deep clean and keep them looking fresh and new. 

Vertical Blind Cleaning 

There are a few important points to note before you begin cleaning your vertical blinds. You’ll need to check the specific material specifications that your blinds are made of and specific cleaning information. Fabric vertical blinds can be wiped over with a damp cloth, or put through a delicate wash in the washing machine. However, you should always check the manufacturer’s notes to see if your blinds are suitable for the washing machine. Aluminium slat blinds can be soaked for a short period of time to help with the cleaning process whereas wooden blinds shouldn’t be soaked at all. 


Vertical Blind Cleaning Supplies 

Fabric blinds are prone to attracting dust and dirt, but they are also simple to clean. You will only need a few supplies to clean your blinds and make them look fresh and new. 

The tools we recommend using are: 

  • Microfibre cloth 
  • Vacuum cleaner and brush attachment 
  • Mild Soap 
  • Bathtub of warm water/washing machine 
  • Sponge 
  • Towels 
  • A flat surface (it’s best to lay your blinds out flat when cleaning/drying to maintain shape) 
  • A can of air 


Cleaning Vertical Blinds - Step-by-Step

It can be hard to know where to start when cleaning your vertical blinds. The process is simple and only involves a few simple steps. The whole process can take some time when you account for drying time. However, this level of deep cleaning should only be completed every few months. 


Remove Blind Slats and Clean Headrail 

The first step in cleaning your blinds is to remove your blind slats from the headrail. You can choose the clean the slats of your blinds whilst they are still fitted, however removing the slats gives you better access to cleaning your slats and the headrail. To get started, simply unhook your blind slats from the headrail. Simply take the slats down and lay them out flat or put them in the washing machine, you can now clean the headrail using your microfibre cloth. For harder to reach areas on your blind frames and headrails you may wish to use a can of compressed air to remove the dust and debris build-up. 


Dusting Your Blinds 

If you choose to wipe your blinds over to remove the dust, simply lay your blind slats out on a flat surface ( a dining table is perfect), grab your damp cloth and begin wiping down your blinds. A damp cloth should pick up the dust with ease. Ensure you wipe your blinds from top to bottom to ensure you capture all the dust and don’t double clean any areas. You can also run the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner over each side of the slats of your blinds to help remove the dust. Remember once you have cleaned one side of your blind slats, you will need to turn them over and repeat the process again. 


Washing Your Blinds in Warm Water 

Once all the dust has been removed from your blind slats, you can now wash them. For this, you can either fill a bathtub with warm water or use your washing machine on a delicate setting, no hotter than 30 degrees celsius. You should always check with the manufacturer that your blind sats are suitable for machine washing. 

For any stubborn stains on your blinds, you can use a sponge and soapy water to buff away the stains prior to washing them. Using bleach can be tempting, but we do not advise this as it can damage the fabric of your blinds and affect the colour. It’s best to spot test an area on a small unnoticeable area of your blind slats before going ahead and using the solution to clean all of your blinds. 

If you are washing your blinds in the washing machine, we recommend rolling them up and placing them inside a pillowcase to prevent any damage and fraying. Use a gentle laundry detergent and do not opt for a setting with higher temperatures than 30 degrees celsius. 


Lay Blinds Out to Dry 

Once your blinds are fresh and clean, you’ll need to lay them out to dry. Avoiding hanging them up and instead, try to find a flat surface to lay them out on. This will prevent any damage and help your blind slats to keep their shape. You can use a hairdryer on the cool setting to help speed up the drying process. DO NOT put your blinds in the tumble dryer as this level of heat can seriously damage your blinds. 

Rehang Your Blinds 

Once your blinds are completely dry, you can then rehang them on the headrail. Make sure they are correctly clipped into the headrail to avoid any damage. 


What Are Vertical Blinds? 

Vertical blinds are vertical lengths of fabric that are clipped to a sliding track at the top and operated with a plastic wand or chain. These pieces of fabric (also known as louvres or slats) are joined together by weights to ensure the louvres are evenly weighted across the length of the track, no matter if they’re fully extended across the track or nestled together to let extra light inside. The louvres are also joined together by a chain at the bottom which works to stabilise the blinds.


Finding the Perfect Blinds 

At BlindsCo, we have a range of vertical blinds that will suit every home and every budget. We’ve used feedback from our customers to improve our range of blinds and we keep a close eye on all the latest trends. BlindsCo are committed to keeping costs low by developing a low-cost supply chain that doesn’t compromise on quality. To find the perfect blinds for your home, visit BlindsCo. Our blinds are made of the highest quality materials and we have generated some outstanding reviews. For any further questions, contact BlindsCo today