Ever wonder how to clean your blinds? Did you know there is little difference between deep cleaning your blinds and maintenance cleaning methods for blinds? You can clean your blinds using the same 4 tools – even if they are faux wood blinds, mini blinds, plantation shutters or venetian blinds.
Watch Angela Brown cleaning in this easy #HowtoClean tutorial using Original Krud Kutter a Swiffer Duster and if needed, an OXO Deep Cleaning Brush. Oh, and a cotton terry cloth.
No more wondering how to clean your blinds, and your home maintenance will now include window blind care.
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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. You can find this and 400 other answered questions in this series on our YouTube channel.
What is the Quickest, Fastest, Easiest Way to Clean Blinds?
There are a couple of things to know about different types of blinds. There’s deep cleaning for blinds, and then there’s maintenance cleaning for blinds. When you get a new house cleaning account, or if you’re a homeowner that hasn’t cleaned your blinds in a long time, you’ll first do a one-time deep clean.
After the deep clean, it’s a maintenance clean. The secret to the maintenance clean is that you do it often. So, if you have a customer that you see every two weeks, do those blinds every single time. That way, they’re maintained. They look fabulous, and there’s no more deep cleaning.
Work Smart Not Hard Tools for Blinds
Let’s look at four tools to get the blinds clean. These work for a deep clean and a maintenance clean. The first one is Krud Kutter. Krud Kutter is a degreaser. This is a safer choice designed for the environment, earth-friendly product.
It takes off all the bacon grease and nicotine and gunk that’s built up on your blinds. Spray it on a white terry cloth. On the internet, there are lots of choices, but all you need is a white terry cloth.
For your maintenance clean, just use a Swiffer Duster. That’s all you need. If there’s something really hard to get off, use your OXO deep cleaning brush to kind of scrape it off. Those are the only four things that will make your blind cleaning a snap.
Wood Blinds or Metal Blinds?
Wood blinds have a tendency to warp with the weather. They expand and contract, so lots of people choose different types of blinds. Take, for example, faux wood blinds.
Those little tiny, mini-metal blinds are different. For those, you should recommend that your customer hires a professional blind cleaner. Blind cleaners have big trucks with a great big wall where they can hang up the blinds on the outside of the truck. Then, they can scrub them, hose them down with their special chemicals, and let them dry.
Regular house cleaners, don’t have any place to hang them up. Then, because they’re metal and bend easily, they bend them, they break, and the house cleaners have to replace them.
It’s better if you don’t offer to do mini-blinds if you don’t really know how to clean them. It’s almost as much money to buy a new set as it is to have them cleaned by a professional. So, if you’re a homeowner, you may just want to go buy a new set or hire the professional blind cleaner.
Fake Wood Blinds are Easy
The first thing you want to do is get a step-stool that has one or two steps. Pull that up next to the window, so you can reach the top of the window. Then, take the Swiffer Duster and go over the top ledge where the transom is, and go down the sides of the window.
Once that’s done, run your fingers along the slats of the blind to check and see how thick the dust or the grease is. If it’s just light dust, just use the Swiffer duster. There’s no sense bringing out the heavy gear, right?
But if there’s gunk that’s hard to get off, use Krud Kutter, and spray some on your towel.
Once you’ve sprayed the towel, create a little pocket with your hands. It will be almost like a little Muppet mouth and go along the slat of each of the blinds. Now it doesn’t matter if you go left to right or right to left. Just make sure you start at the top and work your way to the bottom.
After the Gunk is Gone
When you get to the bottom and all the gunk is off the blinds, turn the blinds in an upward fashion. As they go up, take the cloth, turn it inside out to the clean side, and go up the side. Start at the bottom and go up, go in the grain of the blinds.
Then, turn the blinds until they’re facing down, and start at the top and come down on top of them with your cloth. That dries them off.
Now, there are no spots, dust, or gunk. There’s nothing. Yes, that’s how easy it is. It takes just a couple of minutes.
Maintenance for Blinds
When your blinds are clean, the maintenance is exactly the same. The only difference is you leave the Krud Kutter and the terry cloth out of it. The next time you clean the blinds, it’s just going to be with the Swiffer duster.
So again, pull up your chair, climb up to the top and clean the transom and the area around it. Instead of getting off the step-stool and spraying stuff on your rag, keep the duster in your hand. Then, start on one side.
After that, close the blinds and take off the handle. It’s easy once you’ve closed the blinds. The handle or twist pole just slides off. There’s a little hook that’s just a u-hook.
You slide the little twisty bar off the thing because if you don’t, it’s easy to bump it and then it breaks. And if you break it, you have to replace it. It’s easier to just slide it off, so you don’t have to worry about that getting in your way.
Things to Remember with Dusting
With the dusting, there are a couple of things to remember. For the maintenance clean, all you do is turn the blinds in an upward fashion and go across the back of the blinds. That gets all the dust off the back of the blinds.
Then, turn the blinds over so they’re facing down. With the down part, it’s a little different. Instead of going straight across, turn the Swiffer duster sideways, and go in a little Z pattern.
That bumps the slats up and lets you get the underneath side of the blind that’s below it.
And then, go down over the top of it, and do the Z again. It bumps the slat upward and lets you clean that area. So, it’s a very fast process. All the way down, and it bumps each of those slats up nicely so that you can get the entire front part of it.
Now that the back part is done, we’ll do the front part. Then, you are finished with that window. So, you pull the strings and pull the blind up. Then with your duster, you get the ledges and the bottom of the window sill, and you’re done. It’s that easy.
Then as you close the blind, use both hands so you can position the blinds without them going back down crooked.
Once you’re done, straighten up the line in the middle that holds the blinds together. Make sure that your turning knob is back on correctly. Now, you can move on to the next window.
This whole process takes about a minute. It’s not time-consuming at all.
So, if you maintain the blinds and do this every couple of weeks, your blinds will never get too dirty. There will be no heavy dust settling on them, besides the normal dust you get over a two-week period of time.
Here’s the Secret
The secret is to maintain your blinds, and it’s super easy to do. As a homeowner, you can do this on a Saturday morning, or you could assign it to one of your kids. It’s an easy project once the deep clean is finished.
As an Airbnb, you’re going to do this once every two weeks as well. This is not something you need to do every single day. It’s not part of your regular turnover service.
It is just a maintenance thing you’ll do every couple of weeks. Dust doesn’t generate that quickly. It’s a super easy process, and it’s a great way to keep your blinds nice and clean.
Hopefully, that information helps you. And until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it.
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