How to Clean Vertical Blinds: Your Blind Deep Clean Step-by-Step Guide

Like most other things in the home, vertical blinds will need a good cleaning once in a while! Luckily, though vertical blinds aren't that easy to clean, they don’t need doing very often. With regular maintenance, they can last a good while. Our handy step-by-step guide will help you get those beautiful vertical blinds back to pristine condition.

1 – Remove blinds from the headrail

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Remove the shade from the headrail. This method is usually done quite quickly by unhooking or unclipping.

See the video below from Fix My Blinds to easily unhook each of the vanes.

Take this time to dust the headrail with a damp cloth.

You don’t want to be putting your clean blinds back on a dusty rail! You can also use a silicone-based spray in the grooves to ensure it keeps operating smoothly.

2 – Wash with warm soap and water (no hotter than 30 degrees)

Fill a large bucket, basin, or even the bathtub with warm water.

It must not be hot or above 30 degrees C (86F). If you have a hanging blind with a weight on the bottom, this section is held together with glue which hot water will damage and break that seal.

Warm water should be sufficient enough to wash away any stains, but you can use a gentle non-bio cleaner like Persil Silk & Wool or another detergent that is for delicate fabrics.

3 – Scrub away stains with a sponge

Very gently scrub the blinds with a soft sponge or cloth from top to bottom.

Do not let the curtains soak in the water. The soaking can cause them to shrink and lose their fire-retardant additive.

4 – Lay screens flat to dry

Do not hang them to dry, because this can stretch them and by sticking them in the dryer can shrink them. Always leave them to dry fully before rehanging, so they keep their shape. If water spots are a concern, you can use a hair dryer on a low heat setting to quickly go over it.

5 – When dry, rehang on headrail

When they are completely dry, hang them back up on your beautiful, clean headrail! You can also wash your vertical fabric blinds in the washing machine, but this must be on a gentle cycle at temperatures no hotter than 30C (86F). They should be laid flat to dry still and not put in the dryer. The fabric of the vertical blinds is quite delicate and therefore can fray.

You should only need to do a deep clean like this every once in a while, as long as you maintain them regularly. Lightly use a dusting spray to dislodge dust, but it is always recommended to check that this is acceptable for fabrics and check on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it won’t leave a mark.

Alternatively, you can use compressed air. You can use a soft brush to remove the dirt and dust. Using a cloth or feather duster can sometimes just move the dust around, and it would soon be time for another deep clean with all that accumulated dust and dirt.

If your vacuum has a brush attachment, you can always use that to clean your vertical blinds regularly for easy maintenance! Vacuum from the top downwards otherwise so that you capture all the dust, and the shades don’t come unhooked.