Venetian blinds can sit for years before ever receiving the cleaning attention you lavish on other areas of your home. Just the thought of tackling those bendable slats with their delicate lacing can send even the most house-proud cleaner into a prolonged bout of procrastination – it just looks so difficult!

The good news is, it’s not. Venetian blinds can be cleaned quickly and easily if you use the right technique. Want to know the secret? Read on….

What You’ll Need to Clean Venetian Blinds

To clean a set of Venetian blinds efficiently you’ll need:

  • A vacuum with a brush-head attachment, or a static cling duster, or a soft cloth.
  • A drop sheet, or towels.
  • A sponge, or soft brush for washing.
  • Multi-purpose detergent (any mild detergent will do, including dishwashing liquid).

How to Do It

Step 1: Place towels or a drop sheet beneath your blinds to protect your floor covering from falling dirt.

Step 2: Using your cloth, static cling duster, or vacuum remove loose dust and dirt from the blinds. Do this first with the slats turned up, and then again with the slats turned down.

Step 3: If your Venetian blinds are wooden, wipe them over with a slightly damp cloth. As wooden Venetians cannot be washed, no further cleaning is necessary. For metal and plastic Venetians, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4: Remove the blinds from the window. This is as simple as unhooking them from their mount and usually requires no tools.

Step 5: Place the blinds in the bath tub and use your sponge or soft brush to wash them down with cold water and detergent. Avoid using hot water as it can warp the slats. Do both sides of the blinds and the cords.

Step 6: Rinse thoroughly – a shower attachment makes this easy.

Step 7: Hang the blinds over the shower rail or on a clothes line outside until they are completely dry.

Step 8: Re-hang the blinds. Giving them a light spray of an anti-static furniture polish at this point will slow the future accumulation of dust.

Cleaning Venetian Blinds Made Easy

Excluding drying time, the whole process outlined above will probably take you no longer than half an hour. Using simple, inexpensive household materials, your Venetian blinds will be immediately revived and add a new sense of freshness to your home.

To learn more about cleaning Venetian blinds check out this video.

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  1. I have blinds in my place and hate them, my mother’s words “they’re nothing but dust collectors” echoing in my head every time I attempt to clean them. I use one of those old fashioned dust brushes but never seems to work, so I will try the above methods.

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  2. Unconvinced says:

    I’m unconvinced at the 30 minutes! What do you do with really wide blinds that won’t fit in the bath and what about scratching the bath with the fittings on the ends? I’m not sure about this. Does anyone know where you can get those special blind cleaning ‘thingies’ that look a bit like hair straighteners but have some sort of special cleaning cloth/micro-fibre stuck onto each of the grips? You put some sort of cleaner onto the grips, then work along each slat like you would with hair straighteners! Looks easy but I don’t know where to get them from!

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  3. Diane says:

    I find cleaning blinds a nightmare. If they are small you can take them down and wash in the bath (put towels in the bottom of the bath to prevent scratching). I have really long blinds 3 metres long and too heavy to lift down, how do I clean these. I have tried the gadget with 4-5 ‘fingers’ covered in cloth made for cleaning blinds and was not impressed. The cloth got really dirty after just 1 slat. Any help appreciated.

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  4. Dylan says:

    The easiest way I’ve learned to clean blinds is taking them outside (an extra pair of hand may be needed) and using a degreasing cleaner (Greased Lightning is my choice) and spraying them off with a hose (make sure to use a sprayer or low pressure so you dont bend your blinds). Then just shake them gently and hang back up….

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