Spring-cleaning time is here and washing window blinds can be a tedious job because they are bulky and awkward to handle. You do not want to spend time cleaning each blade by hand, but you do want each blade to be clean. So how is it that you can quickly clean all the blades on your set of window blinds, while not spending all day doing it? Follow these instructions, and you will have clean window blinds in no time:
Fill your bath tub with enough water to cover the window blinds. You can use warm or cold; either temperature will work. Just make sure that you can easily submerge the blinds in the water so that the large debris (like bugs or big dust clumps) will freely float from the base of the shade, as well as the blades. (You can use your shower for this process if you prefer.)
Take down only one set at a time. Be sure not to overwhelm yourself by attempting more than one set of blinds at a time. Trying to clean more than one set will only complicate the process because each blind does need individual attention.
Place the entire blind into the water. Place the gathered-up blinds in the tub of water, making sure that the water covers the entire set. Use your hands to swish the set about in the tub of water to help all the large dirt to break free.
Drain water and refill tub. After swishing for just a moment or two, you will see the water quickly turn dirt red, so go ahead and drain the tub and fill it with clean water. (Be sure to lift the bunched-up set of blinds up so that the settled dirt can also drain with the water. You may have to physically help rinse the dirt from the bottom of your bath tub. Make sure that you get rid of this dirt, though. You do not want to place your blinds back in the same dirt that you just rinsed off.)
Wipe dirt off with wet wash cloth. Once you have new water in your bath tub (again, be sure to completely cover the set of blinds), wipe the blades with a soft wash cloth. Be sure to wipe from one end to the other. You do not have to wipe each individual blade. Just use your cloth to wipe the bunch that shows, rotating the bunch to get the ones beneath.
Drain your bath tub. After you have washed off your blinds, drain your tub and stand the set of blinds up in a vertical position. Make sure that you place the set in a sturdy position because you will need to walk away and give the set some time to drain off the excess water. (You also want to make sure that you empty the excess water from the base of the blinds because these can be quite deep, like a trough, and can hold lots of water.)
Remove when water has drained. When all the excess water has drained, lay the set of blinds out on a tiled floor (or a sidewalk) and used a damp wash cloth to wipe off any shadows of dirt.
Hang blind back in window. By now, you are ready to hang your set of window blinds back in the window. Make sure that you dry off any leftover water, though. You do not want water stains around your window.