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How to Clean Blinds - the Easy Way!

Getting the Spring Fever itch? Get a jump start on your spring cleaning with an easy way to clean those icky blinds.
Time: 20 Minutes Difficulty: Easy
This method is for faux wooden blinds. I've updated the blog post for additional tips on other style blinds. Visit: http://www.creativelysouthern.com/2013/02/how-to-clean-blinds.html to see more tips on how to clean REAL WOOD blinds and fabric blinds!
Try vinegar and water or for really tough stuck on grime - bleach and water. Dawn dish soap and water works great as well!! I lay these out in the sun to dry. Again, for WOOD blinds, check out the blog post. We go through the whole process. http://www.creativelysouthern.com/2013/02/how-to-clean-blinds.html
Broken slats can be repaired easily by swapping it out for a perfectly good one on the bottom.
Swap out slats using the same technique used to shorten blinds. Pop off the plastic buttons on the bottom of the blinds.
Remove the pull cords up to the broken slat. Replace the slat with one from the bottom.
Re-thread the pull cord through all slats, replace plastic buttons on the bottom and presto!!

To see more: http://www.creativelysouthern.com/2013/02/how-to-clean-blinds.html

  • Z
    on Feb 25, 2013

    Great tips Ellora and very good timing too with Spring just around the corner. Get these inside projects out of the way before the warm weather arrives and pulls you outside. Your swapping up a slat from bottom brought to mind that if you're ordering custom made blinds make sure to order them at least a few inches longer than you need. You can remove the extra slats before hanging them and store them just in case you have a mishap. Keep in mind that if your blinds may fade and the stored blind may not match perfectly, but still better than having to replace the whole blind.

  • Ann
    Ann Chandler, AZ
    on Feb 26, 2013

    I'll add one more suggestion. We had an overly long set of blinds that wouldn't fit into our tub. Trying soaking one side, then the other didn't work too well. What I ended up doing when the grime reached critical mass was place an old blanket on our patio (or use the driveway) then start sudsing them down. I had my husband put some hooks up on our patio to hang the blinds & then rinsed & airdried.

  • Kathleen Bell
    Kathleen Bell Versailles, KY
    on Feb 26, 2013

    We always hang ours on the fence (added shelf L brackets) and hit them with a soapy water mix and a scrub brush. Obviously you can't do this in winter though.

  • Ellora at Creatively Southern
    Ellora at Creatively Southern Knoxville, TN
    on Feb 26, 2013

    Great points Becky! And Ann, you have a great idea too! I did forget to mention that we turned the blinds over in the tub to be sure to get both sides, but if your blinds are very long, that could be a challenge.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Feb 27, 2013

    Great tips, Ellora!

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