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How to Clean Plastic Blinds Quickly and Effectively

Wiping window blinds with a cloth

Cleaning blinds is a household task that many people choose to ignore, but over time, blinds can become dirty with dust, pet hair, and dander which float around the house if they are ignored. Fortunately, Cleaning blinds is not a tough process. Knowing what material your blinds are composed of can help you figure out how to clean them. The majority are constructed of wood or plastic.

Compared to other kinds of blinds, people prefer to pick plastic blinds, which is one of the more popular options. Even so, most people don’t know how to clean plastic blinds quickly. The following tips and tricks will teach you how to improve your cleaning experience:

Gather your supplies

First and foremost: To clean the blinds, you’ll need the following cleaning supplies:

  • Soft brush attachment for vacuum cleaner to remove dust
  • Cloths made of microfiber
  • Dishwashing soap and a cleaning fabric
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda or white vinegar

The blinds should be dusted

To maintain plastic or vertical blinds, grasp the bottom of the louver in one hand. Note that they may come unhooked if you wipe in a downward motion, so hold with caution. Eliminate dust with a soft dusting brush attachment and a low suction setting on your vacuum cleaner. The procedure is the same for horizontal blinds, but you clean from side to side. To avoid dust falling on places you’ve already cleaned, work from the top slat to the bottom slat.

Replace the blinds and repeat the process

You should repeat the process with your microfiber cloth or vacuum with the other side of the blinds facing you. 

Use a wet towel on highly dirty blinds

Use a damp cloth with warm water to clean your blinds if dusting isn’t enough. If you have wooden blinds, make sure they don’t become too damp as excess water can damage it.

Window blinds that are clean

If necessary, do a deep clean

If your plastic blinds are in the kitchen, they may require a thorough cleaning owing to oil, residue, or persistent dust. It is important to check with your manufacturer if your blinds are water immersible as the following tips may damage them. First, remove the blinds from the window and soak them in a bathtub with hot water, dish soap, and a cup of baking soda, which is a natural stain remover. Allow for an hour of soak time before rinsing with warm water. Then, wipe away any excess dirt or dust to finish them up.

If your blinds are still dingy and yellowed, they’ve most likely been stained by the sun, which may be remedied as well. Put the blinds in the tub with 3 cups of liquid bleach and cold water. Allow the blinds to soak for no more than 10 minutes before carefully rinsing and drying them. Bleach should bring out the fresh, brilliant white colour.

Remove any excess dust using a vacuum

If you have just wiped your blinds with a moist towel, open them and allow them dry naturally. While dusting, vacuum any leftover dust that fell onto the windowsill or the floor.

Effective tricks to clean your plastic blinds 

  • To begin, follow the instructions to remove as much dust from your blinds as feasible.
  • Remove the blinds from the window and fill your bathtub halfway with warm water.
  • Soak the blinds for at least one hour in the tub.
  • Remove the blinds from the tub and use a microfiber cloth to clean away any leftover dust.
  • Before putting your blinds back in the window, wipe them dry or hang them outdoors to air dry.

Cleaning Blinds: Dos and Don’ts

Do not spray air freshener, hairspray, or any other sticky spray near your blinds. Residue will accumulate on them over time.

Do dust blinds before vacuuming or sweeping to ensure that dust is removed rather than dispersed throughout your home.

Do not use water to get rid of the dust. Using a microfiber towel to capture the dust, dry it first. Water tends to make a greater mess on a dusty surface.

How to rapidly clean plastic blinds

Because of their cost, plastic blinds are a popular alternative. In addition, since they bend easily, are washable, and are less likely to break, they are easier to care for and maintain than other types of blinds. To clean them, just wipe them down with a dry cloth or a soap and water solution.

Essential things you should know while cleaning your plastic blinds

The method you choose to clean your blinds will depend on how dusty or filthy they are. Consider the following methods to properly do so.

The Hoover 

A vacuum cleaner will be used to clean your plastic blind. Connect your vacuum cleaner or dust buster to the gentle brush head. Using the gentle brush head prevents slats from being scratched by suction from larger attachments. The brush head must be moved laterally while your hand is used to support the slats at the rear. Make sure you have a strategy to ensure you don’t overlook any discoloured areas on the blind.

The Wiper 

The cloth wiper is the most time-consuming but also the most straightforward technique. When you only have one Venetian blind, this is the ideal option to utilize. Climb onto a stool to complete this task with ease. You may buy specialized cleaning brushes or just use a  sock over your hand if you don’t want to spend money on brushes. Spray water on the blind and wipe the slats with a hand towel or a sock while drying it with the other hand. Hold the slat firmly between your thumb and index finger to eliminate dirt.

The Dunker

Cleaning a plastic blind may be done with a gloved hand while the blind is immersed in warm soapy water. Remove the blind from the window and fill your bath with warm water. Soak the blind for 15 minutes in warm water and clean any stubborn dirt away. Drain the bath, then rinse the blind with clean water before hanging it to dry.

Wrapping it up

Cleaning your blinds can be a difficult process without the correct knowledge of the methods at your disposal. Maintaining and cleaning your blinds with the proper technique makes the task less daunting and keeps your blinds fresh-looking for a long time.

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blinds manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.

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