The Easy Guide to Cleaning Roller Blinds at Home

3 May 2023
Est. Reading: 3 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Rubber gloves
Bucket of warm water
Dish soap
IPA (rubbing alcohol)
Small sponge
Dry towel
Vacuum cleaner + attachments


In this article, we show you how to clean roller blinds at home without damaging them.

This is a quick and easy tutorial for cleaning roller blinds with everyday household items. Roller blinds are a popular choice for many homeowners. But even so, they do accumulate a lot of surface dirt and dust. Luckily cleaning them is simple.

However, there are some aspects to cleaning blinds that you should be aware of. Continue reading to find out more.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Six simple steps to clean your roller blinds like a pro.

Step One: Remove the Blind
Start by removing the blind from the bracket and setting it on a table. We always advise placing towels on the table beneath the blinds when cleaning them this way. You can also clean blinds while they are still hanging. Roll them down and use your vacuum’s upholstery tool to remove the dust.

Step Two: Vacuum the Blind
Vacuum both sides of the blind, using the upholstery brush to lift the dry soil from the surface. This helps to remove the dirt and dust from the surface of the blind before applying water. Otherwise, you risk moving the dirt around instead of cleaning it.

Step Three: Mix the Cleaning Agent in a Bucket
Add a teaspoon of mild dish soap to five litres (1.3 US Gals.) of warm water. Then add add two to three capfuls of IPA (rubbing alcohol) to the soap and water mix.

Pro Tip: Do not be tempted to add extra dish soap. You want to avoid soapy suds.

Step Four: Wet Clean the Blinds

  • Many blinds are starched, which helps to keep them from creasing. It also allows them to maintain their shape. As a result, it is critical that you keep the moisture under control.
  • Submerge your sponge into the cleaning solution and wring to remove excess water. Make sure it is not soaked, but just wet enough to do the job. Your goal is to let the dish soap and IPA do the work for you.
  • Starting at the top and working your way down, gently wipe the damp sponge across the blind to remove the dirt.
    Pro Tip: Rinse your sponge often in the solution to remove any accumulated dirt before moving on to the next section.
  • Follow this process across the entire blind. At this stage, you should already see a considerable change.

Step Five: Remove the Excess Moisture
Wipe your dry towel across the blind to remove any excess moisture. This helps to remove any remaining soil from the blind and transfer it onto the towel.

Pro Tip: For maximum use, fold the towel over to the clean side as you go along to effectively dry your blinds.

Step Six: Leave to Fully Dry
It is important to let your blinds fully dry before rolling them back up, to avoid mould and mildew.

Do's and Don'ts When Cleaning Roller Blinds at Home

  • Don’t be too aggressive when cleaning them, as some blinds are starched.
  • Don’t apply too much pressure when cleaning your blinds, as they possibly could tear.
  • Do clean blinds in the bath or shower, only if your blinds will tolerate it. The first thing you should do before cleaning blinds is read the care instructions. But again, be careful! When the blinds are wet, the material is weaker, so they could break or tear.
  • Do vacuum your blinds regularly to avoid dust build-up. If you want to keep your roller blinds looking new, then you must maintain them on a regular basis.

Final Thoughts

We hope that this tutorial has been useful in learning how to clean your roller blinds at home without damaging them. Roller blinds are simple to maintain, but you should clean them on a regular basis. With the right care, your blinds can last for many years.

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