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How to Clean Vinyl Vertical Blinds

How To Clean Vinyl Vertical Blinds

What are Vertical Blinds?

Window blinds encompass a range of products and they are made of different materials and also come with different vane and slat orientations. Blinds can be made of vinyl, fabric, wood, aluminum and faux wood. And there are primarily two types of blinds that are popularly used in homes and in commercial spaces. There are horizontal blinds where the slats are arranged horizontally running from left to right and can be raised and lowered to open and close the blinds. They are perfect for small and standard sized windows. Vertical blinds have slats running vertically from top to bottom and they open sideways. They can stack on either side of the door or on any one side. They are tailor-made for patio sliding glass doors and French doors. Vertical blinds are elegant to look at and they add aesthetic and architectural interest to the gorgeous doors. They also make the doors functional and equipped to block heat and UV rays out, and offer insulation and privacy to the house.

What are Vinyl Blinds?

Vinyl is a commonly used material for blinds. Vinyl or PVC is the world’s most versatile plastic and are today used in a range of products including window blinds. They are durable, long-lasting, sturdy, easy to maintain and an affordable option. Vinyl blinds are widely used in homes and in commercial spaces because of their versatility and can be customized with ease to blend with the existing decor. You can also opt from a range of operational mechanism including corded, cordless and motorized. Although they are user friendly and easy to maintain, vinyl blinds need to be cleaned and washed periodically to maintain their shine and glaze.
Plastic Vertical Blinds

Cleaning your Vinyl Vertical Blinds

Over a period of time dust tends to collect on the slats which not only makes the blinds look poorly but could also affect their functionality.


The easiest way to keep your blinds looking spic and span is regular dusting.

  1. You could use a dusting detergent spray or even an enzyme spray to help loosen the dust particles.
  2. Take a duster and run them down the blinds from top to bottom. You need to repeat this step for every slat.
  3. If the duster gets dirty, replace it, and also use the additional spray if needed.
  4. If the blinds are too dirty then you may need to give them a good dusting followed by a thorough wash.


As blinds tend to be delicate we try not to use water for as long as possible. You could try vacuuming first to see if that works for your blinds. For this, you will need a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, wool duster not a plastic one, soft cloths and a rubber dry cleaning sponge.

  1. For cleaning your vinyl vertical blinds it is better to leave them hanging. Do not take them down.
  2. You can vacuum your blinds using the brush attachment to gently wipe away loose dust. Always brush from top to bottom and never the other way round because it could cause the slats to become unhooked.
  3. You can follow this up with dusting using a woollen duster.
  4. For vinyl vertical blinds you can use rubber dry cleaning sponge to try and remove the stubborn dust.
  5. For spot cleaning, you can use soft cloths and with all-purpose cleaner sprayed onto it. It is advisable never to directly spray on the blinds.

Washing Blinds Without Removing Them

Sometimes blinds get stains and stubborn dirt that refuse to get removed by dusting and dry cleaning. You will need to use water but judiciously. Too much water is not preferable irrespective of the make of the blinds though vinyl blinds share an amicable relationship with water and moisture.

  1. To clean the blinds without taking them off take a pair of BBQ tongs, stick a sponge on both ends with glue and allow them to dry overnight. You will use this to clean your blinds. They will ensure better reach as you are not removing them from the windows.
  2. Take a bucket of warm water and a mild detergent.
  3. Dip the sponge into the water and squeeze excess water out.
  4. Start wiping the slats from top to bottom. Cleanse the sponges in freshwater, dip them again in soapy water and repeat the steps. If the slats are excessively dirty it may take more than one wipe to remove the stains.
  5. Change the soapy water if you feel to avoid the dirt getting reapplied on the blinds.
  6. Once your blinds have been thoroughly cleaned, allow them to air dry completely. Remove excess moisture using a towel to avoid watermarks.

Cleaning Vertical Blinds

Washing Blinds after Removal from Window

Some may prefer to wash and clean blinds after taking them off. Be cautious if your blinds have stiff pleats or creases to prevent any damage.

  1. Remove the blinds following the necessary instructions. Lay them in a bathtub.
  2. Wash the blinds using warm soapy water, soft cloth or sponge.
  3. Rinse with clean water.
  4. Take a towel and dry each slat individually.
  5. Mount the blinds and allow them to dry completely.

It is preferable that you clean your vertical vinyl blinds every week and also give them a good vacuuming frequently to prevent accumulation of dirt. This will minimize the need for deep cleaning and washing as it is time-consuming and also requires much effort. Moreover, blinds are delicately made; too much pressure or frequent use of water could reduce the longevity of the blinds. If you want you could also seek professional assistance to get your blinds periodically to help maintain them in good shape and condition.

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damage caused by following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind 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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