Expert Tips on Cleaning Window Coverings

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How do I clean my blinds?

This is one of the most common questions that I am asked. As a former residential cleaner and now a window covering consultant, I have some tips to share.

Since window coverings are made of many types of material, there are several ways to clean them. This will help the window coverings look brand-new for longer.

There are two main issues you will have with any type of window covering.


Dust is something that we have very little control over regardless of where or how high-in-the-sky you live.

Dust will settle on anything horizontal or that it can stick to. This includes wet or hot surfaces.


Children, regardless of age, love to touch your window coverings. Your toddler may finish breakfast but ends up wearing half of it…

Or, your teenager orders pizza and opens the blinds to watch for the Uber Eats driver. Then they leave finger prints all over the blind or curtain.

I’m sure these are things you can relate to.

Here are the top cleaning tips for your type of coverings.


The biggest issue you will have is dust. Since shutters are not perfectly vertical, dust will settle on the louvers.

Then, with the sun’s powerful rays streaming through the window, the dust can actually bake onto the louvers.

This will dull the finish of the shutters and make it difficult to remove.

Having a regular dusting routine with a duster can be the easiest way to keep your shutters clean.

Most dusters have an extendable handle which allows you to clean areas that are hard to reach .

Pro tip – For the best results, you can also use a dry microfibre cloth and wipe down each louver by hand. The cloth will hold the dust particles better than any duster.

Cleaning the louvers with a clean cloth and warm soapy water will work best, if you find the dust has baked-on your shutters. You may need to use some elbow grease to remove the baked-on the layers.

Wood or Faux Wood Blinds

The issues and cleaning process for these are the same as with shutters. Start a regular dusting routine.

Don’t forget to dust off the strings that run through all the route holes of your blinds.

With PVC vertical blinds, use a clean cloth with warm soapy water. Don’t forget to dust the horizontal track above, which is a dust magnet. With fabric vertical blinds, it is a bit more labour intensive.

Remove each vane and the weight at the bottom and soak them for a while in warm soapy water in your tub. Also agitate them a couple times while soaking.

Once you notice the dirts been removed from the blinds, drain the water, rinse off each slat and hang to dry.

If you have an outside clothes line, this would be an ideal place to hang them dry using an outside line. When the excess water has been removed, rehang your blinds and return the weights.

This will allow the vanes to dry wrinkle-free.

Roller/Solar shades

These shades are easy to clean. Use a clean cloth with warm soapy water.

This should be enough to remove any dirt or fingerprints on your shade. Be careful not to rub too hard as this could damage the fabric.

Dual Shades

These shades, while being very versatile, can be a bit tricky to clean. Use a duster to get into the stitching.

A vacuum at very low suction with a brush attachment will work very well too.

For spot cleaning, a clean cloth with warm soapy water works well. But, again, be aware of the amount of pressure you use.

Sunset Shades

These are tricky as they have a way of trapping dust, bugs and anything that floats in between the louvers. In regards to spot cleaning, a clean cloth with warm soapy water is the best way.

To get at the debris trapped inside the louvres, use a hair dryer on the cold air setting to blow out the dirt.

Cellular shades

As these shades are of a honeycomb design, they will collect a lot of dust. The best way to keep these shades dust free is to use a vacuum on low suction with a  brush attachment.

Spot clean as needed but be aware of the fabric as some do easily stain.

Pro Tip – We’re always happy to help with any of your questions so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Happy Cleaning!

Published by Carmel

Entrepreneur. Mommy to a little boy.

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