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Top DIY Tips For Taking Care of Your Blinds

When it comes to window treatment, you can't take anything for granted. Choosing the perfect blinds in itself presents an unwelcome headache, but no matter what type of blinds you decide on, keeping them clean and maintained is essential.

As with many other things in life, blinds looking good comes with a bit of maintenance. At Smartblinds,we have a wide range of blinds in the market today, made from different materials, some of which are easier to take care of than others. A few simple DIY tricks-of-the-trade can set you on the right pathway towards ensuring super pristine blinds for a beautiful home.

In fact, before you can decide which blinds you want to purchase for your home, you should already know how to keep them clean and in good shape. This simple guide will help you get a better understanding of how to best take care of blinds that are made from different materials.

Vertical Blinds

Many people like the soft, elegant appearance of vertical blinds, but they don't realize that they are a little tougher to take care of.

Vertical blinds are mostly made of vinyl or fabric. They don't require constant cleaning because they hang vertically. However, exposure to humidity, dust, and smoke can cause discolouration over time. Cleaning occasionally will help maintain the beauty of your blinds for years to come.


Fabric vertical blinds should be vacuumed once in a while using a vacuum brush to get off dirt and grime. This is important to prevent staining and the build-up of dust.


Vinyl is cleaned using a sponge or a soft cloth. Apply a mild soap and water solution and wipe them gently. These vertical blinds should never be cleaned with abrasive cleaners as they can damage the smooth surface finish. After cleaning, dry with a dry cloth towel to prevent the appearance of spots.


  • To prevent damage and loss of shape when you remove Vinyl blinds, always store them flat, away from extreme temperatures and direct sunlight.

  • Never soak the blinds, as they may be permanently damaged.

  • You should not wring, fold, press, or machine-dry vertical blinds.

Wooden Blinds

Wooden blinds, especially faux wood blinds, are the perfect choice for most families. They allow you to enjoy the classic look of hardwood blinds, but they’re lightweight and luckily easy to take care of.

They still require a degree of cleaning and maintenance. About once a week, you can use a duster or a clean, dry microfiber cloth to dust the slats on your blinds. The brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner is also a feasible alternative for the job.

If you make it a habit to keep your blinds dusted, then you shouldn’t have to clean them as often. From time to time, though, after dusting you can use a bowl of warm water to clean wooden blinds with a damp cloth to remove any staining from dust accumulation.

Close them, and clean each slat, from top to bottom with a microfiber cloth. Then, dry them assiduously with a dry cloth.

If you feel like they require a deeper clean, you can take the blinds down and lay them on an old sheet so that you can scrub them adequately. Then allow them time to air dry before hanging them back.

Roller Blinds

If you’ve chosen to adorn your windows with the perfect roller blinds, they are ideally suited for high-traffic areas and spaces that get wet easily. These durable blinds are a popular choice for homeowners and renters that crave a beautiful style that can handle tougher weather conditions.

Not only are roller blinds functional and stylish, but they’re also easy to take care of, more so than other blind styles

For your roller blinds to last longer, you need to remove dust regularly with a vacuum cleaner or compressed air. This will prevent staining and prevent that elegant look from fading away.

They should be wiped with a sponge or soft brush dipped in soapy water, then rinse directly with clean water, and leave the blinds down until completely dry.


  • For a blind coating to last longer, do not scrub them.

  • Never use solvents or any abrasive substance that might damage the coating of the fabric on blinds.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds come in a wide variety of materials and beautiful slat options. You can choose from aluminium, wooden, and PVC Venetian blinds. They are also available in their natural and painted form, so you can choose the perfect style to go with your home decor.

Aluminium Venetian Blinds

These blinds require a lot of regular care if they are to last longer. Before cleaning aluminium Venetian window blinds, make sure you close slats and use a feather duster to remove dust.

Wooden Venetian Blinds

Constantly lookout for any dust on the wood and remove it with a vacuum cleaner or compressed air. Once in a while, clean wooden Venetian blinds with a damp cloth, water, and mild soap.

PVC Venetian Blinds

PVC Venetian blinds should be vacuumed regularly to prevent the dust from staining permanently and losing their chic finish.


  • Professional cleaning services for aluminium blinds can be employed using ultrasonic technology.

  • Do not scrub wooden or PVC Venetian blinds, or use solvents or any abrasive substance to avoid damaging slat coating.

  • Always dry aluminium blinds completely to prevent stains and rusting.

Roman Blinds

Roman Shades are made of the highest quality material for extended wear. If they are not damaged or exposed to a great deal of direct sunlight, it is not unrealistic to expect years of enjoyment with minimal care.

Raising and lowering shades periodically helps to reduce most natural dust accumulation. If additional cleaning is desired, shades can be lightly brushed or carefully cleaned with a soft vacuum brush attachment.

If they get stained, roman blinds can be cleaned by applying a dusting detergent or enzyme spray to the slats to loosen the stains, then running a lamb’s wool duster over each individual slat. For sparkling clean slats, it is best to start from the top and work your way to the bottom. This will ensure that your blinds remain in service for the longest time possible.

How Smart Blinds Can Help

For a no-obligation chat about an awning, or any other blind related queries, contact our friendly team on 01635 866600 or 01189 509449. Alternatively, email us at, and we will be happy to help.

published on December 21, 2021


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