How to steam clean blinds?

Danielle Segev
by Danielle Segev

Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to clean blinds with a handheld steamer and what process I should follow.

how to steam clean blinds

Steam clean blinds

  15 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 28, 2023

    You can, just don't get too close to them, just enough to loosen the dirt so you can wipe clean afterwards. I prefer using a microfiber cleaner that is designed for blinds. You can get 2 from Amazon $7.99. It is washable and has "fingers" that will hug the slats. It's fairly quick to run it over them, faster than getting out a steamer, filling, steaming, and wiping down. They are also washable.

  • William William on Feb 28, 2023

    Hand held steamer is used to remove wrinkles in fabrics. I doubt it can be used to clean fabrics. It's possible it could loosen some dust and dirt that can be wiped off but the moisture may just spread or imbed the dirt.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 28, 2023

    I tried this on my fabric shade. It worked well enough to be able to wipe the dirt off with a microfiber cloth

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Feb 28, 2023

    I have tried this and it ends up making a mess. Better off getting a cleaner made for blinds as Kathy above suggests.

  • 78829228 78829228 on Feb 28, 2023

    I saw this and have an alternative solution. I am a work at home husband who also has time to keep the house clean.

    I am doing spring cleaning and I bought a retractable clothesline to set up outside so I could take it down easily. There are a bunch on Amazon!

    I then unhooked the blinds, both the old mini blade and the 2 inch faux blinds and put them on the clothesline. Next, I spray them down with Pinesol, or a Clorox water bottle 50/50 and let them set for 30 minutes. Spray them down with water from the hose.

    I then took the curtains down and washed them as well. After I clean everything to do with the window and waited a few hours for them to dry, I hooked them all back into place. ALL DONE!

    My wife instantly noticed at supper (yes I cook) mainly from the smell and it was approved . After a week I had them all done and cleaned while still making money online.

    So if you have a clothesline outside give it a try. Blinds do not weigh much, 10lbs, so I was able to do 2 at a time . Some of the old one are really bad so I am ordering more of the 2 inch slatted faux blinds to replace them.

    Sorry So Long!


  • I agree with William, a steamer might make things worse as most steamers are for removing wrinkles. Iā€™d take them to a dry cleaner or call a curtain shop, see what they recommend.

  • Aurora Aurora on Mar 01, 2023

    I clean mine in the bathtub with the shower head... Not everything has to be complicated.. keep it simple. Usually works

  • Danielle Segev Danielle Segev on Mar 01, 2023

    Thanks for the advice everyone

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 01, 2023

    The hand held steamer, I would be surprised if this would do a cleaning on your blinds, take them down and wash them in the tub, rinse and hang to dry outside.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 01, 2023

    Hi Danielle: I think that would make a muddy mess!

    However, what I do is I use warm water and some Dawn in a bucket and, if the blinds are greasy, I put in about 1/4 cup of vinegar too, and have a bucket of clean warm water along side. I put an old, thick, sock on my hand, put it in the soapy water, squeeze it out and do the top and bottom slat at the same time. Once they are all done, I get another old, thick sock and wipe them again with the clean water. You don't take the blinds down, leave them up and clean them where they are:) Easy as anything easy you can think of:) You can push your finger through the string part to get that clean. It only takes a flash, and you can look outside at the same time and watch the birds, hum some songs, or invent things with your time:)

    Good luck

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 02, 2023

    think you would have a bigger mess than you realize with dripping water etc and not recommended on faux wood or wood blinds

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 02, 2023

    All you have to do is direct the steam generated from the steam cleaners on the window blinds. The hot steam quickly softens the dust and other tough deposits on window blinds but this is messy and I would only use water no chemicals.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 03, 2023

    Hi Danielle, here is a great video to show you how to clean those cellular blinds, Hope it helps you out.

  • I think it's easier to take them down and wash them in the bathtub.