How to clean roller blinds

How to Remove Stains From Roller Blinds

Just like carpets, roller blinds are essentials when it comes to homes.

Not only do they protect from sunlight, dust, and sneaky people. 

They also add color and style to rooms.

Roller blinds are often made of plastic, vinyl, PVC, wood, and fabric. 

Blinds need to be dusted, unwanted stains need to be removed and bugs (yuck) are a common sight.

But the main question here is how to remove stains from roller blinds as this can be tricky.

In this article, I share the best tips and tricks I learned over the years on how I clean my roller blinds.

How to remove stains from roller blinds

Stains on roller blinds can be removed by using white vinegar, stain remover, dish soap, or hydrogen peroxide. After you have successfully removed the stains from your blinds, make sure to clean them regularly by using a vacuum, a duster, or a clean cloth soaked in water. 

Different ways to clean and remove stains from roller blinds

Since blinds can be made from different materials, there are different ways to clean them the proper way.

Some methods may work on one material but may not work on the others.

So it’s best to differentiate the cleaning advice by the most common materials.

Cleaning hard-surfaced blinds

Hard surfaced blinds are generally easier to clean
Hard surfaced blinds are generally easier to clean

Venetian blinds are hard-surfaced blinds that are perhaps the most popular style of all.

This is because Venetian blinds are easy to clean and not that vulnerable to stains.

But in case things go wrong and hard-surfaced blinds get dirty, this is how you clean them:

The easy cleaning method: This method is applicable for dirt that can easily be removed by simple wiping. 

What you need: 

  • Feather duster
  • Clean cloth
  • Warm water
  • Distilled or white vinegar

Procedure:

Using a feather duster, remove any dust from the blinds. 

Mix equal parts of warm water and distilled vinegar. 

How to clean roller blinds using a clean cloth
How to clean roller blinds using a clean cloth

Using a clean cloth, soak it in the vinegar mixture and slip your hands in between each slat to clean it using the cloth. 

Get another clean cloth for drying the slats.

The thorough cleaning: In case your blinds contain dirt spots that are difficult to remove, you may have to put down your blinds for thorough cleaning in the tub. 

What you need:

  • Feather duster
  • Warm water
  • White vinegar 
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or bristled brush
  • Clean large cloth or towel

Procedure:

The first step is alway to dust off blinds
The first step is alway to dust off blinds

The first step is always dusting off.

Then put your blinds down. 

Fill a tub with sufficient warm water enough to cover the blinds. 

Once the tub is filled with water, add a cup of white vinegar and a couple of tablespoons of dish soap. 

Let the blinds sit for an hour or two. 

After letting them sit, take the blinds out and wipe with a sponge or bristle brush.

Make sure you wipe in between the slats carefully to make sure no soap remains. 

To dry, place a towel or big cloth under the blinds to drain the excess water.

Using another cloth, pat dry the slats to avoid water residue that causes water spots. 

You can either let the blinds sit to air dry or hang it outside in the sun. 

How to clean fabric blinds

Stains on fabric roller blinds can be difficult to clean
Stains on fabric roller blinds can be difficult to clean

Fabric blinds are a close second to the most popular style of blinds.

They look simple, aesthetic, and classy.

Since they are made from fabric, these blinds are prone to accumulate stains that are difficult to remove.

If you notice any stains on your blinds, it is advised to clean them right away to prevent stains from getting deeper into the fabric. 

How to clean mild stains on fabric blinds: 

Fabric is delicate.

If you encounter any stains, it’s better to use materials that are not too harsh.

What you need:

  • Vacuum (or feather duster)
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Clean cloth

Procedure:

Clean the dust off your blinds by using a vacuum.

A feather duster could also work if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner.

However, the vacuum will work best for sucking out the dust that clings to the fabric. 

In a bowl, mix three to four tablespoons of dish soap and water. 

With a clean cloth, dab the stained areas into the dish soap mixture. 

Rinse with water after everything is said and done.

Then hang them or leave them to dry. 

Remove tougher stains on fabric blinds:

Use hydrogen peroxide for harder stains on roller blinds
Use hydrogen peroxide for harder stains on roller blinds

Method 1: The use of hydrogen peroxide: In case the soapy water didn’t work, you can try hydrogen peroxide. 

What you need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bowl
  • Cloth

Procedure:

Before starting out, do a spot test to see if the fabric doesn’t fade (especially for fabric-colored blinds).

And be sure to wear protective gloves. 

If there isn’t any fading, prepare the hydrogen peroxide by pouring it into a bowl. 

Using a clean cloth, soak it in the hydrogen peroxide and gently blot onto the stains. 

Let the solution sit there without rinsing it.

Method 2: Use stain remover: Hydrogen peroxide is easier to find compared to stain remover.

However, hydrogen peroxide has a higher chance that it will lead the fabric color to fade.

You most likely won’t have this issue with while a proper stain remover.

Just make sure to read the label to assure yourself that it is suitable for the material of your blinds.

What you need:

  • Soft, small brush or old toothbrush 
  • Stain remover

Procedure:

Using a soft, small brush or an old toothbrush, gently scrub the stain using the stain remover.

Let it dry and you are done. 

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Remove Stains from Roller Blinds

How to remove grease stains from roller blinds?

Use a dry cleaning solvent to remove grease stains from roller blinds. 

How do I clean roller blinds?

No matter what the material or style blinds are, use a vacuum or feather duster for regular cleaning. 

How often should I clean roller blinds?

Vacuum clean roller blinds weekly. If you notice dust on your blinds, clean them two to three times a week using a duster depending on the level of dust that is accumulating.


Conclusion

Cleaning roller blinds is not as hard and impossible as you might think.

If you spot stains or dust it is important that you act fast.

Smaller and easier stains can be removed with the blinds still on.

Difficult stains on roller blinds are best removed by taking roller blinds off and soaking them in warm water.

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