How to Clean Your Blinds
Each time you clean your home, you should give your blinds a quick dusting at the same time. Using your vacuum’s soft brush attachment on a low intensity setting and starting from the top, gently work from side to side vacuuming up the dust from your blinds. Bi-monthly, clean your blinds more thoroughly by using a slightly damp cloth with soapy water along the slats to clean off stains left by insects, cooking grease and fingerprints. Alternatively, blinds can be taken off the window and placed in a bathtub with warm water and soap. After the blinds soak, rinse them with warm water and gently wipe dry, removing any excess dirt or dust.
How to Clean Your Shades
When dusting cellular or honeycomb shades, lightly vacuum using a soft brush or upholstery attachment or use a feather duster. Once complete, you’ll want to clean out the dust that is inside the cells of your blind. This can be accomplished with a hairdryer set to cool air. To clean your honeycomb or cellular shades, use a slightly dampened sponge with mild detergent and blot dry. When dusting pleated shades, remove the shade from the window, lay it flat on a clean surface and gently vacuum one side and then the other. To clean pleated shades, gently use an aerosol spray foam upholstery or fabric cleaner and blot with a dry cloth. Be careful not to crush, wrinkle or stretch the fabric and avoid cleaning too frequently as it may affect the fabric. Roller shades can be lightly vacuumed and cleaned with a light wipe from a damp cloth. Remember that shades are made of delicate fabrics and should never be immersed in water or dry-cleaned.