8 Tips for Cleaning Window Blinds & Shutters

Speed Cleaning | 8 Tips for Cleaning Window Blinds & Plantation Shutters

Whether you’re cleaning for guests at the holidays or just playing catch up after neglecting your blinds for too long, these helpful tips on window blind and plantation shutter cleaning should make the job easier and more successful.  Our expert contributor is Jim Jones of Mr. Maid, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania cleaning service.

  1. Use a feather or microfiber duster for dusting each week to clean your blinds or shutters. Dusting regularly will prevent you from backbreaking work later.
  2. Wrap a sock or cloth around a ruler to clean thin, narrow blinds easily. This is especially good for metal blinds that are fragile and easy to bend.
  3. To keep dust at a minimum, rub a fabric dryer sheet onto both sides of the slats. This will not prevent dust but it will cut down on the amount that clings to your blinds or shutters.
  4. For a quick dusting (when family or friends are about to pop in), slip a sock onto each hand and rub between each slat which will clean both sides of the blinds quickly simultaneously. (Or use a microfiber dusting mitt!)
  5. When your blinds or plantation shutters have been neglected for some time and are extremely dirty, lay an old sheet or newspaper under them before beginning your cleaning efforts. This will prevent double cleaning duty by catching the dirt before it lands on the floor.
  6. When you are vacuuming your floors, if you have one, use the brush attachment to clean blinds and shutters. This is great for removing dust from hard-to-reach window treatments on tall windows. Some cleaning services provide this type of cleaning at an extra charge.
  7. Use a paintbrush to clean extremely dirty blinds and plantation shutters. Dip the paintbrush into hot soapy water, oil soap, or plain water for extra cleaning power. Be sure to use a dry cloth to remove excess cleaner and clean the brush often to prevent transferring dirt.
  8. You can clean the slats with a cloth or towel if you do it on a regular basis. Spray the towel lightly with dust remover, close the blinds or shutters, place the towel over the slats and rub side to side. Reverse the slats and do the other side to complete the job.

Now that you’ve got those blinds and shutters clean, how about the windows??

  1. I like the recommendation to use a paintbrush to use a paintbrush to sweep the really dirty shutters. It makes sense that this could be a good way of getting all the dust and dirt off them without using compressed air. It’s something to remember because I’m thinking of getting some new shutters and I want them to stay clean and looking good.

  2. My husband enjoyed reading this article because you explained that you need to rub a fabric dryer sheet onto the sides of the slats in order to keep the dust away from the shutters. He likes keeping things clean and he mentioned that he would like to have storm shutters that will protect our windows and our home. Now that we know how to keep them clean, we will start looking for companies that provide services for it.

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