Cleaning Venetian Blinds

'How do I clean my Venetians?’ 

Of course there are many answers to this question but the first thing we need to establish is what type of blind is it you are wanting to clean.

All Aluminium, Timber and Fauxwood blinds are easy to clean if you remember to do them on a regular basis. 

Depending on the construction of your blinds it can be as simple as running a lambswool or other antistatic duster over them.  Lambswool dusters contain lanolin which attracts and holds the dust where anti-static dusters create an almost magnetic field which attracts and again holds the dust from the blinds.

If you don’t have time to run a duster over your blinds each week then the next best form of cleaning is the vacuum cleaner.  You can do this with the blinds still hanging using the light brush attachment to your vacuum to go over each slat.  The suction force of your vacuum will take away any build-up of dust on your blinds.
The above is all well and good if you are either on top of your cleaning or if you are working with new blinds.  Some of us inherit blinds when we purchase a pre-loved home or, we inherit the leftover disasters of tenants who preferred to party rather than clean.

It is when we have to deal with the grit and grime of sticky build-up from food, drink, bugs and other nasties that travel through the air and land on our blinds that we need to really start to think about our cleaning.

If you have the luxury of an outside area the following is suggested for cleaning your Aluminium or Fauxwood Venetians:

  • Close your blinds and pull them into the raised position to remove them from the window
  • Hang them on a stand - two tall stepladders work great for this and open them up to full length.   
  • Wash each slat with a solution of grease-cutting detergent, a dash of white vinegar and warm water.  Remember to always use gloves when cleaning your blinds.  Depending on your blinds you may be able to remove each slat and wash individually or else it will be a case of working in a back and forth motion along each layer.  Remember to do both sides of the slats.
  • Using clean water, dip or wipe over the operating cords for your binds as well
  • Let the blinds air-dry. Wipe down with a fabric softener sheet when dry.

Things to Remember: 

  • Fauxwood and Aluminium Venetians can take more water when cleaning
  • Timber blinds should only be wiped over with a damp not dripping cloth
  • Never clean your blinds in the bathtub if you can avoid it – you will wind up making a bigger mess than you need
  • Never use harsh bleaches or granulated detergents on your blinds
  • Always ensure that your blinds are secure when cleaning them – you don’t want them falling back on you
  • Of course there are many ‘duster’ tools on the market these days that claim to remove dust and grime from your blinds.  Some of these work perfectly well – for the others, you might as well run the cash you are spending over the blinds and hope the dust lifts.

The easiest way to clean your blinds is to remember to do them regularly!