How to clean Venetian Blinds:
Keeping your aluminium Venetian blinds looking as good as new need not be difficult, in fact, with regular maintenance you will cut down the frequency of deep cleaning. Be sure to have a look at our roller blinds which are also popular at the moment.
- Extend your blinds all the way.
- Tilt the louvers up and dust lightly with a cloth or duster.
- Turn the slats down and dust the other side gently.
- Or use of a soft cloth glove. Grip each slat between your thumb and forefinger; softly run them along each slat. To prevent damage, don’t use too much pressure or crease the vanes.
- A vacuum cleaner may also be used utilising the soft brush fitting. Run very gently over the louvers first in their up position then in the down position. First test a small area of the Venetian blinds to make certain the suction isn’t too great. Very powerful vacuums may damage the louvers.
- For individual spots on a louver, spray with window cleaner, wait 1 or 2 minutes, and wipe using a soft rag.
What you will need:
- Big blankets or tarps (to put your blinds on)
- Cleaning liquid
- Soft scrubbing brush or Sponge mop
- Old towels
- Remove the aluminium blinds from your window, leaving the hardware in place. Assemblies for blinds vary, and you may require a screwdriver for this step. Warning: It’s always recommended that you have an assistant, particularly if you have to use a ladder.
- Take them outside and put on each one on a blanket or tarp, ensuring that they’re fully extended, vanes shut.
- Combine cleaning fluid with water inside the bucket (usually 1 part cleaner to 4 parts water for non-fabric blinds). Tip: Car wash fluid or vinyl washing products work best, particularly if you have stuck-on grime or grease, but liquid dish-washing soap will also work well.
- Pour the bucket of soapy liquid on the blinds, being sure to wet all slats.
- Using the soft scrubbing brush or sponge mop, scrub the louvers thoroughly.
- Turn your metal Venetian blinds over, and repeat the treatment on the other side.
- Rinse off any soapy remains. Tip: Hose off either side completely-if soap dries on the slats, it’ll attract more dirt and grime.
- Clean up excess water from the blinds with the towels.
- Bring inside and rest flat (on a towel) to dry completely prior to re-hanging.
Or You Can Wash Them Indoors:
- Fill up bathtub with tepid soapy water.
- Place blinds inside the bathtub, fully extended, vanes shut.
- Allow to soak for 15 minutes.
- With the soft scrubbing brush, brush each louver to get rid of dust and grime.
- Flip the blinds, and brush again.
- Drain the soiled water.
- Turn on the shower and rinse the Venetian blinds (both sides). Tip: A hand-held shower nozzle is quite useful.
- Lay the Venetian blinds on their side (leaning against the edge of the tub) and let the water drain.
- After about 20 minutes, place on the opposite side to avoid pooling of excess water in the crevices, allow to air dry for an additional 20 minutes.
Tip: In case you’re pressed for time, a hair dryer set at its lowest heat to aid speed up the drying process.
Caution: Don’t keep the hair dryer too near to the aluminium louvers, or use it on a hot temperature, otherwise you could damage the louvers.
- Towel off any lingering water, and re-install.