Here’s the simple, straightforward way to clean window blinds so you can get that dusty mess under control once and for all!
Have you ever noticed how many contraptions and gizmos there are out there to “help” you clean window blinds? It’s true that blinds can be a dusty mess and most of us procrastinate on cleaning them at least a little bit, but a big part of the reason for this might actually be because of those gadgets and gizmos! I’ve tried a ton of them over the years, and while there have been a few that have been great, a lot of them actually make the job so much harder than it needs to be! They all work, but when you make the job seem like a frustrating ordeal, you definitely contribute to the procrastinating. 🙂
How to Clean Window Blinds Easily
I thought I’d chat with you a little bit about keeping your window blinds in tip top shape today and share with you some little tricks I’ve learned that make it a really easy job to tackle on a regular basis. If you have blinds in your home, here’s what to do!
The real secret to making it really easy to clean your blinds is to do it more often. This means that you’re going to have to stop waiting a couple of years in between cleaning sessions. If you take a look at your blinds and give them 3 minutes of your time once a month, or even once ever two months, they won’t have that thick layer of dust on them that you’ve learned to dread dealing with. I promise. 🙂
Use a Few Key Tools
There are three fool-proof tools that I use to keep my window blinds in great shape, and they’re pretty much the same tools I use elsewhere around the house on just about everything else. And let me tell you – they are SO much more effective than any complicated blind cleaning doodads.
My first and favourite tool for cleaning my blinds is my trusty feather duster. A good quality feather duster grabs on to dust better than any other dusting tool you can find and the big fluffy feathers easily reach in between every slat on your blinds. We often think of feather dusters for dusting knick knacks and electronics and things like that, but they’re also incredibly useful to clean window blinds. Those multi-slat cleaning things that you can buy seem totally silly once you see how much better the feather duster works. It cleans the tops, bottoms, fronts, and backs of every slat, it cleans multiple slats at once, and it actually works.
The other tool I really like is this dusting glove I have from e-cloth. It is a kind of a gizmo, and it was designed with this purpose in mind, but I find it to be really simple and effective to use. I’ll show you how I use it in a moment.
The last tool in my window blind cleaning arsenal is a damp cloth. Those three things are really all you need to have the cleanest blinds on the block!… if you actually use them. The cloth I use most often is this one.
Dust, Dust, Wipe
So here’s my method. I try to spend a few moments on my blinds once a month or so and most of the time, I just run my feather duster across them to keep the dust from building up. I just turn the slats so they’re fully open, run my duster over them a few times, shake it out outside, and call it a day. If you don’t allow the dust to settle on there, then it won’t have time to get crusted on from humidity or sticky little finger prints.
Once in awhile if I’m feeling ambitious and I want to do an extra good job, I’ll take out my dusting glove and go over each slat by hand. I put the glove on my right hand and run it over the slat from left to right, pinching the slat in my hand so I’m getting both the top and bottom of the slat at once. After I’ve done about half the blind, I switch the glove over to my left hand so that I have a fresh dusting surface to work with and I complete the same process on the second half of the blind.
That’s almost always enough for blinds in most rooms of the house, but sometimes for my kitchen blinds, I’ll see a few splatters from the sink here and there so I’ll take the damp rag and just wipe those few spots away after I’ve finished with dusting. If you have greasy splatters on your blinds, or if whatever’s on there is a bit sticky, try dabbing a bit of rubbing alcohol on your cloth before you wipe. If your blinds are real wood, just use a bit of dish soap instead since the rubbing alcohol may remove the finish.
When you’re doing this last splatter-removal step, it can be really helpful to open the blinds all of the way in one direction, and then all of the way in the other direction. This helps you actually see the little marks a little easier.
And that’s my easy-peasy, non-frustrating way to clean window blinds! Do you do something similar with your blinds? What kind of crazy blind-cleaning gizmos have you tried in the past?
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