How to Clean Blinds: The Ultimate Guide

Cleaning blinds takes effort and is fairly time-consuming making it one of the household chores we often put off or simply forget to do. You may not know how to properly or effectively clean your blinds or may be wondering how to clean a specific type of blind. We’ve put together an ultimate guide to cleaning your window blinds including Venetian blinds, fabric blinds, wooden blinds, and more. From removing stubborn stains to eliminating dust and preventing long-term damage; our guide will have you Spring cleaning in no time, so say goodbye to scrubbing and check out our useful blind cleaning hacks below! 

Top Tips for Cleaning Blinds 

When cleaning blinds there are a few things to consider before you get to work. It’s important that you know how to clean your particular type of blind properly so you know which cleaning products you should use and what should be avoided. You should also decide whether you want to simply dust your blinds, or need to give them a deeper clean. 



Regular cleaning of your blinds keeps them dust and dirt free and prevents any staining or damage. 

There are different blind cleaning processes you can choose from including vacuuming, using a soft brush or feather duster, or using a mild detergent/soapy water. 

  • To clean aluminum blinds or faux wood blinds you should use a mixture of water and a gentle antibacterial soap to carefully wash them. 
  • Don’t forget to clean your pull strings once you have cleaned your blinds as these can also gather lots of dirt and dust. They can also easily become discoloured from the sun. 

Blind Cleaning FAQs

How Often Should I Clean My Blinds? 

The blinds in our home can accumulate lots of dust and dirt over time. You should aim to remove and deep clean your blinds at least once a year, give them a light dusting around once per week and clean/wipe with a solution once a month. 

How do I Clean My Blinds? 

Cleaning your blinds depends on the type of blinds you have and how dirty they are. For light cleaning simply dust your blinds, spot clean fabric blinds to remove stains and remove and soak your blinds for a deeper clean. 

What Will I Need to Clean My Blinds? 

A duster, a cloth and a suitable cleaning solution will be required to clean your blinds. 

Can Blinds Be Washed? 

If you have fabric blinds or shades you can spot clean areas that appear dirty using a damp cloth and gentle cleaning product, however, you can wash them if they require a deeper clean. You can also do this with faux wood, plastic and aluminum blinds. 

Can You Clean Blinds Without Taking Them Down? 

Yes, there are ways you can clean your blinds thoroughly without having to take them down. 

How Do You Clean Heavily Soiled Blinds? 

This depends on the type of blinds you have. You can soak them in the bath and scrub to remove stains, but you would be best getting heavily soiled blinds professionally cleaned. 

Can You Put Blinds In The Washing Machine?

It is not recommended that you put your blinds in the washing machine as it will damage them. 



How To Clean Venetian Blinds 

Venetian blinds are extremely popular but they can easily gather dirt and dust due to their slatted design, meaning they take extra time and attention when it comes to cleaning them. 

How do You Clean Venetian Blinds? 

  1. Use a feather duster or microfiber cloth and gently run it across each individual slat to remove any dust or dirt particles. 
  2. To remove any staining, use a cleaning solution mix of 50% white vinegar and 50% water in a bowl. 
  3. Use an old sock as a glove and dip into the solution. 
  4. Slide the sock across the slats and gently grip either side as you move, paying extra attention to any stained areas. 
  5. Don’t forget to clean the handles or strings as these can easily pick up dirt and staining too. 


Use a cotton wool bud to clean hard to reach areas. 

Lightly dust your blinds at least once per week to remove visible dust and dirt build-up. 

Don’t use any random liquid to clean fake or real wooden blinds as you may cause permanent damage and staining. Always check with your blind manufacturer which products are suitable to clean the blinds with.  



For a deeper clean of your blinds, you should remove them completely to provide a thorough clean. Follow these deep cleaning steps: 


  1. 1.  Carefully remove your blinds and fill your bath with warm water. 
  2. 2.  Gently place your blinds in the bath and add a suitable cleaning solution (fairy liquid is a great option). 
  3. 3.  Let your blinds soak in the solution for between 30 minutes and three hours – the time required will depend on how dirty your blinds are.
  4. 4.  To remove any stains that weren’t eliminated during soaking, use a soft cleaning brush to gently remove any remaining grime or dirt.
  5. 5.  Once you have removed all dirt, rinse the blinds with cold water using your shower head until all soap suds have disappeared. 
  6. 6.  Dry your blinds and put them back up.


Once you have deep cleaned your blinds, you need to ensure they fully dry before you put them back up so they don’t develop an odour or any mould.

If it is dry outside, you can hang your blinds carefully on a rail and leave them outdoors to dry. Alternatively, you can hang them on a shower rail indoors to dry. 

If you need your blinds to dry quickly, you can use a hairdryer on a cool setting to speed the process up. 





We don’t recommend soaking wooden blinds as it can cause the grain to swell. Again, always check with your blind manufacturer to see what they suggest. 

Check with your manufacturer how your specific blinds are best removed for deep cleaning. 

Shut your blinds before removing them as they will be much easier to clean this way.

Put a towel at the bottom of your bath before you place the blinds in to prevent any scratches or damage. 

Remember to turn your blinds over to check and clean BOTH sides. 



How To Clean Fabric and Roman Blinds 

How do You Clean Fabric Blinds? 

Fabric blinds are best cleaned using a damp cloth and gentle detergent. Some blinds such as thermal roller blinds should be cleaned using something with no chemicals such as water or a sensitive baby wipe. Always be sure to check your manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines. 



Use a mild detergent such as washing up liquid diluted in tepid water to test a small area of the fabric before completing a full clean. 

  1. Dampen a sponge or soft cloth in the solution and gently blot the affected area. Repeat as often as needed until the stain has disappeared.
  2. Once the stain has gone, blot the area with a sponge dampened in clean water. 
  3. Leave the fabric to air dry. 


For when spot cleaning simply isn’t enough, you can deep clean your blinds by removing them and soaking them in the bath, just as described above. You may want to vacuum the blinds before placing them into the bath to fully remove any dust.