How to Clean Blinds and Shades

Binds and shades can get dusty and dirty. How do you clean them so they look brand new? Read on to learn how to clean blinds and shades.
 how to clean blinds

A nice set of blinds can be all you need to complete a room. Once you install your new blinds, however, it can be a frustrating challenge trying to keep them clean.

Dust collects extremely easily on window blinds and shades, and if you’ve opted for white, you’ll see every spec of dust. This is why it is so important to keep them clean.

There are a few different types of blinds and shades, and each one should be handled differently.

In this article, we are going to show you techniques on how to clean blinds or shades that you might have in your home. Read on to learn more.

How to Clean Blinds

Blinds come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are typically made of wood, metal, or a composite.

Aluminum and vinyl blinds tend to be more affordable and are super functional, while wooden blinds are slightly more upscale and carry a heavier price tag.

Follow these instructions to cleaning your blinds properly and safely.

Aluminum & Vinyl

Ensure that the blinds are at their lowest position. Close each slat almost completely, leaving some room for air to flow through. Grab the base of the blinds and hold them taut so they are easier to work with.

Begin vacuuming each slat slowly with a soft bristle brush. Use a side to side motion to get all of the dust particles up. For a shiny finish, dampen a rag with a little bit of water and wipe each slat down.

Open the blinds up completely to allow better airflow and to prevent mold or mildew.


Wooden blinds are cleaned almost identically to aluminum blinds.

Lower the blinds and close up the slats. While holding the base of the blinds taut, wipe clean. This time, however, instead of a vacuum and water, you’ll be using wood polish. Treat wooden blinds just as you would any other piece of wooden furniture.

Wipe clean both the front and back sides.

How to Clean Shades

Shades are similar to blinds, as both block out the sun and any outside peepers. Shades tend to be made out of fabric, though, as opposed to blinds. Shades can present to be a bit tougher to clean than blinds.


Otherwise known as cellular shades, these shades are energy efficient and perfect insulators. Unlike a lot of shades, honeycomb style is super easy to keep clean. You can use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum and slowly “sweep” up the dust.

For stains, blot clean with a damp towel.

Long Panel Shades

Long panel shades are more of a decorative style. They aren’t great insulators, however similar to the honeycomb shades, long panel shades aren’t terrible to clean.

Simply vacuum each panel with your dust brush attachment.

Blinds Just Not Coming Clean?

If you’ve learned how to clean your blinds, and everything you try to get them back to near-new condition, it may be time to face it: your blinds or shades need replacing.

Since you’re already replacing your blinds, you might as well do a small upgrade. View these 10 designer shade designs to help you decide which ones to pick out.

Once you find the right set of blinds, our team of experts will be happy to help you install them, just give us a quick shout and we’ll get right back to you.

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