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The Best Way to Clean Blinds, Curtains and Window Treatments

March 3, 2024
The Best Way to Clean Blinds, Curtains and Window Treatments


Keeping your window treatments clean is an important part of home maintenance. Blinds, curtains and other window treatments easily accumulate dust, dirt, pollen and grime. Regular cleaning not only keeps them looking their best, but also extends their lifespan. In this comprehensive guide, I will share the best methods for cleaning various types of window treatments.

Assessing Cleaning Needs

The first step is to assess how often your window treatments need cleaning. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Sunlight exposure – Windows that get direct sunlight usually need more frequent cleaning. The sun’s UV rays can fade fabrics over time.

  • Humidity – Homes in humid climates tend to collect more dust and dirt on window treatments. Frequent cleaning is key.

  • Pets – Shedding fur and dander can cling to window treatments. Clean every 1-2 months if you have indoor pets.

  • Smokers – Nicotine and tar reside on surfaces. Clean window treatments every 2-3 months if people smoke indoors.

  • High traffic areas – Treatments around frequently used doors and in kids’ rooms need more cleaning.

  • Visible dirt – Check for visible dust, stains or grease. Clean as needed.

Cleaning Methods by Material

Vinyl and Faux Wood Blinds

Vinyl and faux wood blinds just need a regular dusting followed by a deeper cleaning every 6-12 months.

For dusting:

  • Use a microfiber duster or soft brush to gently wipe each slat.

  • Or use the soft brush attachment of your vacuum.

For deeper cleaning:

  • Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent.

  • Dip a soft cloth into the solution and wring it out well.

  • Wipe down each slat, then immediately dry with a clean lint-free cloth.

Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds require gentler cleaning to avoid damaging the finish.

For dusting:

  • Use a dry microfiber duster in between the slats.

For deeper cleaning:

  • Fill a spray bottle with warm water and a small amount of dish soap.

  • Spray a light mist onto the slats and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

  • Rinse with clean water and dry immediately to prevent water spots.

Fabric Shades and Curtains

Read the care label first. Then follow these tips:

  • Vacuum using the upholstery attachment. This lifts dust and dirt.

  • Spot clean stains with a damp sponge and mild detergent. Blot dry.

  • For full washing – machine wash curtains in cold water on a gentle cycle. Line dry.

  • Dry clean shades if the fabric requires it.

Faux Silk or Sheer Curtains

These delicate fabrics need special care:

  • Dust with a feather duster.

  • Spot clean stains by dabbing with a diluted vinegar solution.

  • Dry clean only, no machine washing. The agitation can damage them.

Wood or Bamboo Shades

  • Dust lightly with a microfiber duster or lambswool duster.

  • For deeper cleaning, wipe down with a barely damp microfiber cloth.

  • Never soak or immerse wood blinds in water.


Regular cleaning keeps window treatments looking fresh and also makes them last longer. always check labels first and use the gentlest methods suitable for each material. Proper dusting and cleaning every few months prevents dirt and grime buildup. With the right techniques, keeping blinds, shades and curtains clean is easy and well worth the effort.

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