How to Clean Aluminum Blinds

Sure, we clean our windows regularly, but what about those blinds? Aluminum blinds, for example, will not get dirty easily but over time, they need some TLC, just like most things in your home. So, it’s important to learn how to clean aluminum blinds. After all, blinds help to keep our rooms cool, blocking out too much light and providing much-needed privacy.

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How to Clean Aluminum Blinds

Blinds are great at offering light protection, privacy and keeping heat out of the home, but they’re also great at collecting dirt, dust and even pet hair. This article highlights a few simple tips on how to clean your aluminum blinds if you’re planning on living in your home or selling it within 30 days.

When it comes to cleaning aluminum material blinds, all you need are a few simple tools and a couple of minutes. You don’t have to clean one slat at a time. With a few quick and easy tips, you should add cleaning blinds to your list of cleaning to-do.

Tools and Materials

  • Warm water
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Dish washing liquid

Option 1

Prepare the Blinds

Start by fully lowering the blinds. Since aluminum blinds often overlap, you should tilt them downward but not completely closed.

Dust the Blinds

Hold the bottom of the blind on one hand and use a microfiber cloth to wipe the blinds, working your way from top to bottom.

Repeat on The Opposite Side

Now you can flip the blinds so the other side is facing you and repeat the process above.

Use a Damp Towel if Your Blinds are Heavily Soiled

If dusting is not enough to clean the blinds, use a microfiber cloth that’s been dampened with warm water. If your blinds have stubborn dust or residue or have been exposed to grease, a mixture of dish soap and water should be able to clean them. You can also remove the blinds from the window and place them in a bathtub with dish soap and warm water. Give the blinds about an hour to soak before rinsing them with warm water. Consider using a soft mop, sponge or soft brush to go over both sides of the slats. Make sure you rinse the slats thoroughly to avoid any spotting.

After rinsing, lay the blinds over a few towels to soak up some of the remaining water and hang them back up so they can dry completely. 

Option 2

Lay the blinds on the grass on apply some soap on them before spraying with a garden hose. Flip them over then repeat the process. If needed, scrub them with a soft nylon bristle brush then rinse with clear water. You can let them dry on the grass (don’t forget to flip them over) or hang them on a clothesline.

Bottom Line

There are several tips and options on how to clean aluminum blinds, and it just comes down to personal preference. Make it part of your regular cleaning and your blinds will look as good as new for longer and can be part of the renovations that you do prior to selling your home if you’d like. Create a cleaning checklist and spare a few minutes to clean the blinds in your bedroom, living room and all throughout your home.