Can You Wash Window Blinds?

Modern wood blinds

Sure, you clean your windows regularly, but what about the blinds that cover them? Aside from just keeping your blinds looking beautiful (because who wants to see a thin layer of dust every time they look out the windows), regular blind cleanings can also prolong the life of your treatments and cut down on dust and allergens.

Cleaning Window Blinds

Wood Blinds

Whether they’re dirty, dingy, or covered in fingerprints (courtesy of your little ones), real wood blinds can be brought back to life with minimal effort. For regular cleanings, all you need is a microfiber cloth and a little bit of time.

First, adjust your blinds so that they’re closed, completely covering the window. Then, dust moving left to right, bottom to top. Once you reach the top, open your blinds so that the sun is shining through. Then, dust between each of the slats.

If your blinds are in need of a deeper clean, you can also use lemon oil. Unlike a duster or cloth, lemon oil disinfects your blinds and leaves them with a subtle shine.

Important tips to note:

  • Because wood is a natural material, it scratches easier than man-made materials, so make sure you don’t use any abrasive cloths or towels.
  • If you ever use a liquid-based cleaner (lemon oil, soap and water, etc.) make sure you only use a small amount and wipe your blinds down right away. If left to sit wet, your blinds may warp.

Faux Wood Blinds

If you have faux wood blinds, you’re in luck! Cleaning faux wood blinds is just like cleaning real wood, except they’re almost impossible to damage or warp. The only thing we suggest is never submerging them in water or any other liquid cleaner, since this can damage the internal mechanisms in your treatments.

For more tips and tricks, read our blog on dusting and disinfecting faux wood blinds.

If you need more help, contact your local blinds expert at Bloomin' Blinds. Call (855) 457-1022 today for more information, or find your local Bloomin’ Blinds here.

Kevin Stuart About the Author: Kevin Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
Kevin has been a part of the Bloomin’ Blinds team since 2004. He is an expert in window covering repairs and has been known to finish even the hardest repair in 12 minutes and 26 seconds (the fastest Bloomin’ Blinds repair time yet). Kevin loves puzzles and values fixing things and bringing smiles to the faces of his clients.