How To Clean Your Vertical Blinds

July 27th, 2014 in All About Blinds

It’s safe to say that we’ve heard a few horror stories in our time here in regards to vertical blinds- it seems that they strike fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned cleaners.

From the lady who rolled the louvres and popped them inside socks to protect them against fraying in the washing machine (safe to say that, once they came out, they didn’t want to unroll quite so easily) to the gent whose hot iron was a little too hot (as I expect his ear was when his wife got home and had finished with him!), vertical blinds can be a cleaning nightmare.

Evil Washing Machine

Never fear, Blinds 2go are here to give you a quick and easy guide on how to clean your vertical blinds! Whether yours are of the fabric variety or made from rigid PVC, we’ve got a few helpful hints and handy tips to take the pain away and get those blinds looking good as new!

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Before we begin, we’d like to take the opportunity to invite you to cast aside your washing machine – although this may seem like the quickest, easiest option, there is no telling how well your louvres will fare. To avoid any unnecessary, irreversible damage, leave the washing machine firmly out of the equation.



One of the simplest ways to keep your vertical blinds cleaner for longer is dusting them on a regular basis. To do this, take a feather duster of some sort, rather than a cloth, and, starting from the top, brush downwards gently. Repeat on either side of the louvre every time you give your room a quick once over and you’re more likely to keep them looking fresh and clean.

Washing Whilst Removed


If your blind is small enough, you can remove the louvres to clean them. You just need a large, flat surface, a mild detergent and a damp cloth.
Quite simply, just wipe the cloth along the length of the fabric gently- taking care not to scrub or press down too hard -and turn over, repeating on the other side.
Use a clean towel to pat them down before re-hanging them- this ensures that they won’t bend or twist when they’re drying- you can always pop a couple of towels underneath them to catch any errant drops of water.

Washing Whilst Hanging

Vertical Blind Cleaning Tool

Is your blind a little too big to take down and clean? You can get special cleaning tools designed for vertical blinds- try checking them out on eBay.
Armed with one of these, you simply need two buckets of water- one mixed with a mild detergent, one simply pure water- and some towels or tarpaulin spread out on the floor.
Dip your cleaning tongs into the soapy water, clamp them gently around the louvre at the top and slide them down slowly before removing the access detergent and dirt in the clean water and repeating the process.

Rigid PVC Vertical Blinds

All our rigid PVC vertical blinds are 100% waterproof, meaning that you can clean them down in the same way without having to worry about damaging the louvres.
Once again, you can choose whether to keep the louvres hanging or to remove them for cleaning, just be careful not to bend the rigid louvres as you remove them.


So really, they’re not too scary, are they?

Do you have any tips of your own for cleaning vertical blinds? Feel free to share them with us in the comments or on our Facebook page, right here!

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I'm the newest member of the blinds 2go blog team. I've been really enjoying researching and hunting some amazing things to post! I love books (read The Road by Cormac McCarthy, you won't regret it!), pigs (oink oink!) and drinking tea (who doesn't?!). The quirky things in life make me happy and I really love everything about the colour red.

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