There are some chores we remember to do frequently. Clean the bathroom, take out the trash, wash the dishes, etc. We do not, however, typically remember to clean the window blinds in our house with the same regularity. However, it never fails that I realize when I have company over that they’re dusty and in need of a clean.
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Here’s how to clean window blinds and avoid that embarrassing house guest moment and make your home healthier!
HOW TO CLEAN WINDOW BLINDS
There are a million and one tools that you can buy to clean your blinds, but there are two tried and true methods that I use to get mine free of all that pesky dust and dirt that collects over the weeks.
If there is a lot of dust (for me, this is typically in the spring after a long winter of having the house closed up), I use my vacuum cleaner to help clean up the extra mess that occurs after the actual dusting is all done.
First, leave your blinds in an open position and, using a microfiber cloth or mini duster, run it along from the top of the blinds to the bottom. When you work from top to bottom, the dust that gets knocked down falls onto blinds you are going to be cleaning anyway. This saves you from having to go back and re-clean later.
After you have completed your dusting from the top of your blinds to the bottom, you can follow up by cleaning up any remaining dust with your vacuum cleaner. I like to use the hose and the thin attachment brush to catch any leftovers.
Another way to clean your blinds is to use just a microfiber cloth. I love these cloths for so many cleaning projects, but especially for dusting because they just seem to grip all the dust and trap it from flying around while I’m dusting.
For blinds that are rounded, make sure they are closed so the concave side is towards you. Wipe away the dust with your dry microfiber cloth, again making sure that you are working from the top of the blind down to the bottom.
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After you have cleaned the convex (rounded) side, turn the blinds so the rounded side is away from you, showing the flat side. Clean the flat side, again working from the top of the blinds to the bottom.
This method (without the vacuum) works best when there isn’t quite as much dust floating around.
WHY CLEANING YOUR BLINDS MATTERS
Over time, dead skin cells and dust mites (among other nasty particles and invisible bugs) collect on the surfaces of our furniture. If you have pets, you’ll also notice pet hair floating in the mix. This can cause itchy noses, eyes, and even rashes on the skin.
Cleaning your blinds is just one simple way to help reduce the amount of allergens in your home, especially before you start to open windows come spring and the wind kicks it all up. And now that you know how to clean window blinds, you’re well on your way to a happier, healthier house!