Cleaning mini-blinds is probably the most over-looked and hated of all household chores. If you want your home to sparkle or if you provide service to clients with high standards, this is the way to do it.
It gets messy so wear clothes that you are ready to throw into the hamper. Cut up an old t-shirt to use as rags. Terry material will be too bulky for the job at this point. Clear the area around the project and put towels either on the floor or to cover anything that cannot be moved.
Fill a bucket with water and a mild cleaner. Dish soap is fine; for your own safety do not add bleach. Jump right in. Run your cloth soaked in the mixture over the blinds from top to bottom. At this point do not worry about individual slats; the point is to remove the bulk of the surface dirt. Go over the broad surface at this point as if they were a solid window cover, in other words, with the blinds closed.
Take several passes in this manner, you’ll be surprised at the amount of dirt that builds up. Depending on how long you have avoided the task, it may be time to change the bucket already. Throw the used cleaning rags into the trash or into the laundry if you keep a dirty job basket to put into the washer.
Take a break at this point. Get a cup of coffee, sit on the couch and relax. When your fresh bucket is filled, run the cloth over the top of the window frame. Systematically clean each slat from left to right to remove the dirt. Clean both sides.
Do not squeeze out the rag too much, you need a lot of water to loosen and remove the dirt. Whether you want the blinds opened or closed throughout this process will be a matter of preference. It will be easier to see all the dirt if you leave them open.
Take the time to move aside the draw strings to ensure that the build-up there is removed. When you have completed about twenty-five slats, it is time for another break. If you tackle the job all at once, you will get overwhelmed.
Keep at the project in small increments like this until you have given each slat proper attention. Do not forget the ones that bunch up at the bottom near the window sill. Change your cleaning water often during this process. It is no use trying to clean with dirty water. The fresher your water, the happier you will be with the results. When you think you are finished you are not.
Now is the time to find that terry cloth rag or old wash cloth. Using brand new water, go over the blinds again as if they were one piece. Do this from the front and then put yourself between the blinds and the window and do the back side as well. Do this twice, remembering to change the water in between. Do not get discouraged, this part only takes a few minutes.
The job is almost done, but don’t admire your work yet. Get a full- size terry towel and dry the blinds, again as one from the front and the back. Leftover moisture will dry quickly enough if you miss an area during the drying.
After you have taken the time to do all of this work, do not let them get dirty again. Weekly run a dry terry cloth or feather duster over the blinds, then you will never have to do this daunting chore again.
Raise the blinds to their highest point and concentrate on cleaning the window frame and the sills. Finish up by using your favorite window cleaner on the glass. Wow, that was something. Lower the blinds and open them to let the sun shine on your brand new blinds.
Shower and go get an ice cream cone.