How To Clean Roller Blinds

As with anything else in your home, maintaining and cleaning your roller blinds is important.  It is important to remember to treat your blind with care, only using mild detergent and micro fibre cloth.  

Step 1:  Pull the blind down so that it is fully extended. Depending on how long your blinds are, you may need to extend them past the point you normally do to make sure you can access the entire swath of material.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  Do not only clean the section of your blinds that is regularly exposed to the room, this may lead to discoloration of the blinds over time.

Step 2:  Use your vacuum's brush tool to thoroughly remove dust and dirt.   Never use your vacuum without the upholstery extension. Be careful of any hard pressure and movement. Start cleaning your blinds at the top, moving the brush wand from the left to the right, making your way down toward the bottom. Roller blinds can collect a lot of dirt, dust, and even small bugs sometimes! Vacuuming them first to remove what debris you can makes the wiping down process much quicker to complete.

Step 3:  Mix a mild dishwashing detergent in a bowl with lukewarm water. Use about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of soap and 4 cups (950 mL) of water, and using a spoon or whisk, mix the water and soap until the water turns sudsy. Avoid using any harsh chemical cleaners or soaps with bleach in them, as these can discolour your blinds.

Step 4:  Wet a sponge or clean dishtowel in the soapy water and wring it out. Fully submerge and saturate your sponge or towel so that it absorbs as much of the soapy mixture as possible.  Make sure it is not dripping with water, ensure all excess water is removed or you may stain the fabric.

Step 5:  Wipe the blinds, starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. Use a back and forth motion to wipe from one side of the blinds all the way to the opposite side and continue wiping and moving down the shades until you reach the bottom. If you come across any large stains, spend a little extra time scrubbing that area softly.

Step 6:  Rinse out your sponge several times as you wipe down the blinds. Dip your sponge or towel back into the soapy water and swirl it around a few times to dislodge any accumulated grime. Then wring it out again before continuing to wipe down the roller blinds.

Step 7:  Use a fabric stain remover for tough stains that don't come off easily. Read the manufacturer's instructions before applying the fabric stain removal, and then follow those directions carefully. If you're concerned about the stain remover discolouring your blinds, try testing it out on an inconspicuous section of the blinds first, like near the top where it it normally rolled up.

Step 8:  Leave the blinds fully extended until they are completely dry. Because you didn't saturate the blinds with water, it should only take a few hours for them to fully dry. To be safe, leave your roller blinds fully extended overnight. Once they are dry, you can let them retract again.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  If you roll your blinds back up when they are still damp, they can get moldy and smelly.