How to Clean Vinyl and Wood Blinds

By Lacy Enderson

  • Overview

    Window blinds are attractive and ideal for providing privacy to any home. There are different types of window blinds, including vinyl and wood. Other types of window coverings include shades and curtains, but window blinds are the best choice for overall maintenance and care. Cleaning window blinds is easy, although cleaning wood blinds is different than cleaning vinyl blinds. If you are in the market for a new window blinds and you would like to know how to clean them, read through the following steps.
    How to Clean Vinyl and Wood Blinds
    How to Clean Vinyl and Wood Blinds
    • Step 1

      Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum the dust off of your wood blinds. Wood blinds are sturdier than vinyl so vacuuming them is recommended.
    • Step 2

      Dust the dirt off of your wood blinds using either a feather duster, or a dusting cloth or mitt. If you are dusting your vinyl blinds, it is best to use only a feather duster.


    • Step 3

      Blow the dust off of your wood or vinyl blinds using a blow dryer or an air compressor. Blowing the dust around a room isn't highly recommended unless you are planning on dusting the entire house and then vacuuming, but it does get the job done.
    • Step 4

      Place your vinyl blinds in the bathtub filled with warm water and a dishwashing detergent. Use a brush to lightly clean the blinds. Rinse them with the shower spray. Lay them over an outdoor clothesline to dry.
    • Step 5

      Use soapy water and a sponge for cleaning the vinyl blinds between dusting. Use a sponge and lemon oil on the wood blinds. Water can stain wood blinds.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Vacuum cleaner brush attachment
    • Duster
    • Blow dryer
    • Dishwashing detergent
    • Brush
    • Soapy water
    • Sponge
    • Lemon oil
    • Tip: If you dust your blinds regularly before any amount of dirt has a chance to settle, you won't need to do much else to clean them.
    • Warning:
    • Test your vinyl blinds for lead before cleaning them. Dispose of old vinyl blinds containing lead.

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