Dirty and greasy blinds can be a real pain to clean. Not only do they look bad, but they can also be difficult to get rid of the grease and dirt. In this blog post, we will give you a detailed guide on how to clean greasy blinds. We will go over the different methods that you can use, as well as the supplies that you will need. So if your blinds are looking a little bit too greasy for your liking, be sure to follow our guide!
How to clean greasy blinds
- If your wooden blinds have a lot of greasy residue or stains on the blinds even after washing, wash them with baking soda. Take your blinds off your window. Remove dust build-up using a hairdryer, a feather duster, a damp cloth, and a mixture of water and white vinegar. Thoroughly dust and dry your blinds. Mix water and vinegar in a container. Take a clean, damp soft cloth, and swipe across them, from top to bottom removing any unpleasant dust buildup. That makes wiping the blinds an easy process. For extra drying power, add sunblock to your slats before washing. Place them in a tub, and cover them with warm water.
- Add a bit of vinegar to a cup of hot water for a mixture. The mixture has to be strong enough to remove dirt. Apply this mix to the blind and let it sit for about fifteen minutes before scrubbing it off. Do not scrub too hard since vinegar can dissolve some glue that holds the blind together. Scrape off trapped dirt using a stiff-bristled brush and warm water. For a deeper clean, insert a flat-head screwdriver between the slats so that the flat end of the screwdriver scrapes off caked-on dirt trapped between the slats and missed by the brush. Add dishwashing soap, and add one cup of baking soda. Soak your blinds in the solution for an hour, and then rinse off with warm water. Baking soda has properties that remove stains from your blinds (Familyhandman.com).
- There are stubborn greases on your blinds that cannot be cleaned with regular soap and water. Put in the extra effort, more scrubbing and repetition of the process are needed. Use a small amount of mild soap and some water to clean tougher messes on your blinds. Use an old toothbrush but do not scrub too hard. Do not use too much soap because excess amounts are dangerous to wood.
What to use to clean greasy blinds
Use dish soap, a little white wine vinegar, and a little baking soda. There can be stuck-on dirt or stains on your blinds, mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.
How to clean blinds while hanging
- Take the cloth down and make your solution.
- Wrap the microfiber cloth tightly around both sides of the slate. For horizontal blinds, start at the top-most slat and work your way down. Starting from top to bottom, clean the blind. Make sure you do not clean the same slat a second time. Wipe the slat from left to right. For vertical blinds, wrap your microfiber cloth tightly around both sides of the blind and wipe from top to bottom. If you are using a double-sided duster, you’ll clean the top side of one slat and the bottom side of the other.
- Shake your cloth outside and everything you notice is collecting dust to avoid depositing dust back onto your blinds as you clean.
- To remove stubborn stains and sticky residue from metal, vinyl, or faux wood blinds while hanging, dip a microfiber cloth in a bowl of warm water mixed with a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
- Squeeze the excess water and wipe the blinds from left to right or up and down.
- Wipe on both sides with a clean, dry microfiber cloth to remove any water spots or streaks. Use water sparingly on wood blinds.
How to clean wood blinds while hanging
- Create a diluted mixture of lukewarm water and a mild detergent.
- Close the blinds so they face one direction.
- Use a damp rug to run it over each slat.
- Repeat the process on the other side of the blind slats.
- Blot the areas dry with a clean rag.
Cleaning blinds with socks
An old, clean socket works as an alternative to a cloth. Put the sock over your hand, and dip it into the water, clean all the window coverings in your house. It removes remaining dust particles and any stains with water and mild soap.
Cleaning blinds with vinegar
For a better solution, mix in dish soap, a little white wine vinegar, and a little baking soda. White vinegar is quick and easy when it comes to cleaning blinds. To start cleaning, put a clean soft cloth over your hand and dip your covered fingertips into a bowl of vinegar. Swipe your hand across the top and bottom of each slat.
White vinegar is a natural cleaning agent due to its acidic levels (Healthline.com). The vinegar will not damage the faux-wood look of your Venetian blinds. It is strong enough to remove the grease, dirt, and grime on the blinds.
How to clean blinds with Swiffer
Using Swiffer is the easiest way to clean your blinds. Deeper cleaning might be unnecessary when using Swiffer regularly. Swiffer has a scrubbing strip for getting rid of hard-to-remove stains.
How to clean fabric blinds
- Remove the blinds, unstring them and vacuum them.
- Fill your bathtub with warm soapy water and place them inside. Make sure the tub is clean.
- Let sit for a while, then clean with a sponge.
- Rinse well and lay flat to dry in a well-ventilated area for a day or two.
How to clean blinds in the tub
- Take the blinds off the window and place them in a bathtub with warm However.
- Add a generous amount of dish soap, and a cup of baking soda.
- Allow the blinds to soak for about an hour, and rinse with warm water.
- Finish them off by wiping away excess dirt or dust.
Best way to clean greasy Venetian blinds
- Cover the blind and add a mild detergent.
- Place the blind in the bath and gently clean each slat with a soft brush, an old sock, or a non-abrasive sponge. Dip a microfibre cloth or an old sock into the cleaning solution until it is damp. Run the cloth across the stain until it disappears, and use a soft cloth to dry the blind slats when finished. Make sure the cloth is damp.
- For heavy staining, leave the blind to soak for several hours or overnight before cleaning the slats. Scrub with a soft cloth, rinse and dry.
Now that you know how to clean greasy blinds, it’s time to get started! Whether you’re using a cloth, Swiffer, vinegar, baking soda, or the old sock method, we hope these tips help you remove the dirt and grease from your blinds. If you have any questions about cleaning specific types of blinds or find one of these methods doesn’t work for you, let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from our readers!