Dirty Window Coverings? 5 Actionable Steps To Clean Dirt-Laden Fabric Roller Blinds

Posted on: 9 June 2016

Roller blinds are simple and elegant furnishings for your windows, tying in with all kinds of decorative styles. But over time, these roller blinds are bound to get dirty from dust and other debris from the air. If your blinds are made from washable fabric that can be plunged in water, follow these actionable cleaning steps to remove dirt from them.

Get Your Blind Cleaning Materials Together

For this blind cleaning task, you will need liquid laundry detergent, a sponge, an old toothbrush, a vacuum cleaner with a brush add-on, a soft bristled brush, a drying rack, warm water and a large bucket or bathtub. These materials are typically available in your home already, so hopefully you won't need to purchase any special cleaning supplies for this task.

Vacuum The Dirt Off The Blinds

When the blinds are still sitting on the metal roller on the window, begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming them with your brush attachment. This will remove most of the surface level dirt from the roller blinds. Start at the top and work your way to the bottom to prevent top dirt from falling onto already-cleaned lower areas of your blinds.

Brush The Remaining Dirt From The Blinds

Once you finish vacuuming, remove your fabric blinds from the roller and place them flat on a table or floor. Use a soft bristled brush to remove any residual loose dirt left on the blinds.

Fill The Bathtub/Large Bucket With Warm Water And Add Detergent To It

Fill the bathtub or large bucket with warm water and add some liquid detergent to it. Mix until foam starts to develop on the surface. You will now need to place the fabric blinds inside the tub. Place them flat if possible, so that every inch is given a thorough clean. Let the blinds soak in this solution for several hours. After a few hours, use a sponge to wipe down the blinds. This will eliminate any residual stains or dirt on your roller blinds. Use an old (but clean) toothbrush to remove any stubborn stains from the blinds.

Rinse The Blinds In Clean Water And Leave To Dry

Drain the soapy dirt-laden water and refill it with clean water to rinse your roller blinds. Keep repeating until the soap is removed from the blinds. Don't let any soap remain because this acts as a magnet for more dirt. Lay the blinds over a drying rack for a few hours. Place back on the roller once the blinds are dry.

Follow these steps in your quest to clean your dirt-laden fabric roller blinds.