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RL Tips: Cleaning Blinds

Your blinds can be as clean and as bright as the view behind them


Venetian blinds are versatile window treatments, looking right in both modern and traditional interiors. However, the blinds' slats catch dust and dirt, making them tricky to clean. You can clean it with a few tools you can find around the house. Keep it clean by dusting every other day.

Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Material from Real Living's Handy Hints and Instant Makeovers: 35 Easy Home Projects (2010). To view other Real Living Home Ideas Books, visit

How to do it:
  1. The easiest way to clean Venetian blinds is to purchase a special blind cleaner (available at Handyman). These have mini-rollers that you insert between the blinds's slats to pick up dirt as you go.
  2. If you don't have a blind cleaner, use old socks. Pleace each over your hands, wet one sock and leave the other dry. Run the wet sock over one slat, and use your other sock to dry it.
  3. For a daily light dusting, use a small, flat paintbrush. Wet it slightly, tap or squeeze to remove excess water, and run in through the slats.
  4. In worst-case dirt scenarios, you may have to take your blinds down. Lay the blinds on a large towel. While keeping the blinds closed, scrub each slat with a soft brush or sponge dipped in soapy water. Rinse with a hose, keep them closed until they are thoroughly dry, then re-install.

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