How To Clean And Maintain Vinyl Blinds

If you're looking for an inexpensive-yet-attractive way to cover your windows, consider vinyl blinds. Easy to clean and maintain, vinyl blinds are also versatile in that they come in a wide range of colors to match any home decor style. 

While they may not be as durable as wood or aluminum blinds, vinyl blinds are flexible and don't chip or dent. If you're looking for a neutral window covering, you can find vinyl blinds in shades of white, cream and tan, as well as faux wood finishes. They're also available in brighter hues if you want to add an instant pop of color to a room. You can also use the budget-friendly coverings to coordinate with a specific decor theme, such as turquoise blinds in a beach-themed space.

Vinyl blinds are offered in both horizontal and vertical designs, depending on what type of window you're covering. Slat sizes typically range from 1-to-2 inches and can be easily adjusted to let in more or less sunlight.

To keep your vinyl blinds looking their best for as long as possible, here are some cleaning and maintenance tips:

Regular Cleaning

Depending on your environmental conditions and household, consider vacuuming your vinyl blinds on a regular basis to remove any built-up dust, dirt, and debris. If you have pets or small children, you may need to vacuum them weekly.

Equip your vacuum with its brush attachment and slide it across each slat individually, working either vertically or horizontally. If you have vertical blinds, run the brush down, rather than up, the blinds to prevent them from becoming unhooked.

As another option, you can dust the blinds using either a feather duster or a microfiber cloth, although the process may take longer. Start from one end of each blind and working your way to the other, run the duster or cloth over the surface to remove any debris.

Deep Cleaning

On either a monthly or semi-annual basis, deep-cleaning your blinds using a mixture of warm water and a gentle dishwashing detergent. You can also add distilled white vinegar to the soapy solution for extra cleaning power.

You can either take the blinds down and place them into a bathtub to clean them or leave them up and place an old sheet under them to catch any moisture. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the mixture, wring it out, and then run it over the slats, working from one end to the other. You may have to repeat the process if there are any hard-to-remove stains, such as food or greasy fingerprints. Make sure to wash both sides of the slats.