How to Clean Venetian Blinds

15 responses

  1. Rosalie
    August 24, 2008

    How to clean metal venetian blinds. Use rubber gloves. Hang the top of the blind outside over a clothesline when there is at least a few hours of sunlight remaining. Use an old washcloth and scrub bucket. Fill half the bucket with hot water and add approx. 1/8th cup of Spic N Span. Mix the contents. Starting at the top of the blind, generously wipe the blind on one side then the other until clean. Rinse with a garden hose and allow it to air dry. This process makes the blind stay cleaner than just dusting it.


  2. Kathy
    November 7, 2008

    I hang my blinds on nails on the side of the shed and use a car wash brush and Dawn dish soap and water. Then, let them dry in the air and rehang. Works well.


  3. Artemisia
    June 6, 2009

    Couldn’t get the blind down, so I lined the sill with newsprint, made a spray solution of cleaning liquid and water and sprayed, wiped and rinsed with a sponge. 90% successful. Good enough.


  4. Julie
    July 29, 2009

    I bought a plastic kiddie pool and soaked the blinds, then scrubbed them with a brush, hung them up on the clothesline and rinsed with a garden hose.


  5. Phyllis
    September 12, 2009

    Is there anyway I can remove smoke stains from my blinds? My blinds are the 2″ white, wood-like blinds.


  6. Beverlee
    June 27, 2010

    I made extra brackets on a board the same sizes as my blinds and hung them outside, sprayed with cleaning solution made with Woolite (which is gentle yet effective), brushed lightly on both sides, rinsed thoroughly and wiped off excess water when nearly dry. After drying, I wiped with fabric softener sheets, which helps keep them cleaner longer.


  7. Tony
    March 14, 2012

    Venetian blinds in a kitchen area collect grease and dust. The dust sticks to the grease, and the grease is very hard to remove with all the usual stuff. So, we tried an aerosol pack of car engine de-greaser.

    You can leave the blinds in the window. Just close them with the top-side towards you and spray all over with de-greaser. Leave it on for 5–10 minutes, and wash over with warm water, using a dish brush or similar.


  8. Mark
    May 28, 2012

    Hey ladies, I’m a man and there’s no way I’m scrubbing anything. Here’s the solution. Put three inches of hot water in the tub. Add one scoop of OxyClean. Let soak for two minutes. Lift up and down five times. You will be amazed. Rinse with shower head. You are done.


  9. Susan
    April 28, 2013

    Mark, thanks for OxiCclean tip. AWESOME results with no scrubbing. Only 32 more blinds to go (I’m not kidding).


  10. Maria
    May 26, 2013

    Or (for inside): Soak them in a Dawn dish soap bath, then hang them on three plastic S hooks on the shower curtain rod. Hold them inside the tub to brush/scrub/rinse as needed, then do the other side. Blow dry until most of the moisture’s off and hang back up, leaving the cords to air-dry.


  11. Deb
    March 13, 2014

    Mark, THANK YOU! So simple and easy; it’s ingenious!


  12. Warren
    July 20, 2014

    The easy way to clean metal venetion blinds.
    1. Remove from window and take outside; lay down on pavement (make sure blind is in closed position).
    2.Spray with Windex outdoor cleaner and leave for 5-10 minutes. (Use Coles multipurpose cleaner for grease build up and stubborn stains.)
    3. Using a soft broom, scrub gently all over to remove dirt and grime.
    4. Hose off gently with fresh water.
    5. Hang out to dry (a clothes line or fence will do for most sizes.)
    6. When dry, take them inside and rehang.


  13. Lynne
    October 2, 2014

    Take them down, take them outside onto a cement driveway, spray with all purpose cleaner, then scrub (I’ve got a scrubbing brush on a broom handle from Bunnings), hose, turn the blinds over, repeat, and then I hang them on the fence on the hangers used for hanging plants. You can rehose them if needed.


  14. Bev
    January 4, 2015

    Wonderful tips. I’m going to try the broom thing in the bathtub with Dawn soap. After all, if it can cleak ducks with oil, it should be good for venetians. Thanks.


  15. David
    June 10, 2015

    If you are doing this for mold cleaning, you can use Dawn dish soap in water to kill it safely. Chlorox will break it into millions of spores, thus exponentiating the problem.
    I am finding indoor mold to be a very, very serious health problem.


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