How to Clean Vertical Blinds: Your Ultimate Guide for a Sparkling Finish

written by: Florie Malapit

Published: May 8, 2023
Updated: June 28, 2023

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How to Clean Vertical Blinds: Your Ultimate Guide for a Sparkling Finish

This blog post is your ultimate guide on how to clean vertical blinds effectively. It covers all the necessary steps to get your window blinds looking as good as new. We'll take you through the basics of cleaning, including the essential tools and materials, and move on to more advanced techniques like removing tough stains and deep cleaning. So, whether you're preparing for a deep clean or want to freshen up your vertical blinds, this guide has got you covered. A professional cleaning service also got your back if you don't have the time to clean your house.

Vertical blinds are a popular window treatment choice for many homeowners. They are versatile and practical and can enhance the look of any room.

However, like any other household item, vertical blinds require regular cleaning to maintain appearance and function.

If you need help cleaning vertical blinds or have been putting it off because it seems daunting, you've come to the right place.

This blog post will provide a step-by-step guide on how to clean vertical blinds effectively. By the end of this guide, you'll have all the knowledge and tools you need to get your vertical blinds looking like you've just bought them. So, let's get started!

How to Clean Vertical Blinds: Your Ultimate Guide for a Sparkling Finish

What You'll Need

  • Washing machine or bathtub
  • Microfiber cloth or feather duster
  • Compressed air
  • Silicone spray
  • Damp cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Hairdryer (optional)


1. Take down the vertical blinds and clean the headrails

To start cleaning vertical blinds, remove the blinds first to clean the headrails

You can start by removing your vertical blinds from the headrails. While the blinds are still attached, you can spot-clean and dust them, but removing them will also allow you to clean the headrail. To thoroughly clean the blinds, soak them in a washing machine or bathtub before cleaning each slat.

To clean the headrail, carefully remove the blind slats and lay them down. You can use a microfiber cloth or duster to clean the headrail, eliminating dust or debris. For difficult-to-reach areas, a can of compressed air can be used to blow away dust. Once you're finished cleaning the headrail, apply some silicone spray as a finishing touch.

2. Clean off the dust from the vertical blinds

Before washing vertical blinds, dust them using a soft cloth, or feather duster, or a brush attachment on your vacuum

To start cleaning your vertical blinds, dust them off with a microfiber cloth. A damp cloth will make the task more accessible, but a feather duster can also do the job. Remember to thoroughly clean the blinds from top to bottom to remove all the dust. Be careful not to use a dirty cloth to touch the clean portions.

If you're short on time, try vacuuming the dust using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Make sure to clean both sides of the vertical blinds thoroughly by running the vacuum over them from top to bottom until all the dust and dirt are gone.

3. Clean fabric vertical blinds by washing them with warm water

After dusting, clean your blinds with mild soap and warm water in a large sink or bathtub

Professional cleaning agencies often use this technique to clean vertical cloth blinds, so you should try it too. Before deciding whether to use the bathtub or washing machine, check the manufacturer's instructions if your blinds are safe for a machine wash.

To clean vertical fabric blinds in the bathtub, fill them with warm water mixed with mild detergent or dish soap. Let the blinds soak in the soapy water before carefully washing them until they appear clean. Please don't use hot water as it can damage the fabric, and make sure that the dish soap or detergent is appropriate for delicate fabrics.

If you notice any tough spots on the vertical blinds, gently scrub them away with a sponge. Avoid using bleach as it may harm the fabric. If you opt for a stain remover, test it on a small area first to ensure it's effective.

4. Spread out the vertical blinds to air-dry

After washing blinds, lay them in a flat surface and attach them back to the headrail when they're completely dry

After thoroughly cleaning the blinds, it's essential to dry them properly to prevent damage and maintain their shape. To do this, find a flat surface to lay the blinds on rather than attempting to hang them. Hanging them up to dry can cause them to become misshapen and can lead to damage.

Once the blinds are flat, consider using a hairdryer to speed up drying. However, it's important to use the hairdryer in a cool setting, as the heat from it in a high setting could cause permanent damage to the blinds. Never attempt to dry your blinds in a tumble dryer, as the heat and tumbling motion can cause significant damage.

5. Attach the freshly cleaned blinds onto the headrail

Once the vertical blinds have been thoroughly cleaned and dried completely, you can carefully attach them to the headrail. Take extra care when reattaching the slats to avoid damage to the blinds or the headrail.

Appreciate your clean blinds and add make sure to do a regular maintenance to keep them sparkling

Time to Appreciate Your Sparkling Vertical Blinds!

Now that your vertical blinds are back in place, please take a moment to appreciate their sparkling and lovely appearance.

After following the tips outlined in this guide, your vertical blinds should look their best, providing a beautiful aesthetic to your home and a healthier and more comfortable space for you and your family members.

Regularly cleaning your window coverings can reduce allergens, dust, and dirt accumulation, ultimately improving your house's indoor air quality.

So take pride in your newly cleaned vertical blinds and enjoy the benefits of a cleaner home space.

Ready to have a clean and inviting living space? Don't forget to consult our ultimate guide on how to clean your living room for expert tips and insights.


How often should you clean your vertical blinds?

When it comes to cleaning your vertical blinds, it is recommended to do one annual thorough cleaning. However, if your blinds are in a high-traffic area or accumulate more dust and dirt, you should clean them more frequently. The best way to determine this is by looking at their appearance. If they look dirty or it has been over a year since your last cleaning, it's time to start the cleaning process.

The more often you clean your vertical blinds, the faster and easier the process will become as you become familiar with the best practices and cleaning supplies for your specific blinds.

Why should you clean your vertical blinds?

Vertical blinds are an essential component of many homes and office spaces and are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning. However, regular cleaning is necessary for the upkeep and maintenance of your vertical blinds. Aside from keeping them looking great, regular cleaning has several health benefits.

By cleaning your vertical blinds regularly, you can improve indoor air quality and reduce the accumulation of allergens, dust, and dirt. This can be especially important for people with allergies or respiratory problems. Therefore, it is recommended to add cleaning your vertical blinds to your regular cleaning routine to make sure you have a healthier and more attractive home space.

How can you get rid of mold from vertical blinds?

Traditional cleaning methods for mold and mildew on vertical blinds involved using bleach-based solutions. However, bleach can be harsh and potentially harmful to the environment and human health. Thus, a more eco-friendly and effective alternative, such as lemon juice, has emerged: a natural cleaning solution.

Lemon is a powerful mildew spore remover, especially when exposed to sunlight. To make the cleaning solution, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water in a spray bottle, and spray it on the affected areas of the blinds. Leave the blinds in direct sunlight for a few hours until they dry completely. Then, rinse the blinds with warm water to remove any remaining lemon juice solution.

If you don't have any lemons, you can also use white vinegar and water to clean your fabric blinds. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle, and spray it on the affected areas of the blinds. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub the blinds with a soft brush or cloth. Rinse the blinds with warm water and let them dry completely.

It's important to note that if the mold or mildew is severe, it may be best to replace the affected blinds to prevent further mold spread and potential health hazards.

Can you steam-clean vertical blinds?

Yes, you can steam clean vertical blinds with a portable steam cleaner. It's a fast and efficient way to clean them. However, before you start, remove dust from the blinds to prevent them from turning into mud.

Once that's done, you can use the steam cleaner to clean the blinds, but keep the heat setting on low or medium to avoid damaging any glue or plastic parts on the blinds. It's also essential to avoid directing the steam toward the headrail, as this could cause damage to the internal mechanisms of the blinds.

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About the author 

Florie Malapit

Contributing Writer at Sparkle and Shine Today. She is a freelance content writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, major in Marketing Management, and more than two years of blog and content writing experience.