Window blinds can be an attractive choice for your windows, and they also allow you to control how much privacy you have and how much natural light you allow into a space. However, you may not be sure how to clean the slats of the blinds when they are stained or dust starts to build up. Use the four tips below to help you keep the window blinds clean.
Rub the Slats with Old, Clean Socks
One of the easiest ways for you to take care of dust on the slats of your window blinds is to rub them with old socks. Take a clean sock that you no longer wear and slip it right over your hand. Then, wipe each slat with your sock-covered hand. The sock should easily wipe away dust, and you can reach every part of each slat with your fingers. If you'd rather not use your own hands, you can slip the sock over a spatula from your kitchen.
Wipe the Window Blinds with a Dryer Sheet
Another thing you can use to wipe down slats and get rid of dust is dryer sheets. The sheet will attract dust, and you'll be able to clean the blinds quickly.
Put Them in the Tub
Soaking your window blinds in your bathroom's tub can be a simple way to wash away dust and some stains. Take the window blinds off of the window and place them into a tub full of warm water and mild laundry soap. Leave them there overnight and dry them with towels. This may be unwise for wood slats, as exposure to water can cause them to warp.
Spray Them Down with a Hose
If you don't want to soak the window blinds in your bathtub or you don't think your tub is large enough to accommodate them, you can clean them outside. Lay the blinds on top of a plastic sheet or tarp so that they don't become dirtier, and spray them down with your garden hose. Use a soft-bristled brush and some laundry detergent to attack any stubborn stains. Allow the blinds to dry completely in the sun before bringing them back in.
Make sure you don't use this method for blinds made of wood; again, the slats may warp.
The tips above will help you get your blinds cleaned from stains and dust. Talk with a window blinds vendor for additional ideas you can use to keep them in great condition.