Dirty Fabric Blinds? Here’s How You Can Clean Them!

Last updated on July 19th, 2022

Have you ever paid attention to your fabric blinds? Every home uses window coverings of some form or the other. Whether it’s curtains or fabric blinds, window coverings are essential for privacy and to block excess, unwanted light.

Fabric blinds usually cover the entire window area and can be adjusted to allow or block out light as needed. They are made to the size of each window and don’t eat up extra space.

There are mainly two kinds of fabric blinds:

1. Fabric is bonded to plastic or wooden slats that are strung together. They can either be horizontal or vertical.

2. The other type of blinds is made from fabric slats woven together. These are generally used to block out light and darken a room. This type of blind softens the light entering through the window.

Both of these typed of blinds can be operated manually or can be motorized.

Since they are placed near windows, they can get dirty easily. It is necessary to clean them every so often to maintain a hygienic and clean window area. While these fabric blinds are made with moisture-resistant elements, they still need cleaning frequently.

Tips to make your fabric blinds last a long time:

You can keep a few things in mind for keeping your fabric blinds clean. Make sure you vacuum your blinds regularly and brush off any dust with a duster. Removing the blinds from the window and laying them flat is good practice. That will make all to find areas easily accessible to clean and add more lifespan to your blinds. If you spot any dirt marks or stains, treat them as soon as possible. These will likely take them off fully and leave your blinds looking brand new. Clean them with a damp cloth instead of soaking them directly in water. The latter can cause damage and loosen or break the slats.

Here is a six-step process that’ll make your fabric blinds look spick and span:

1. Close your blinds all the way through: The first step is to make sure your blinds are closed completely. This will allow you to look at the entire surface area since they will be flat.

2. Vacuum or dust with a duster: The next step is to give your fabric blinds an initial clean. Grab a duster and give them a good dusting. This will eliminate any overlying dust particles, buildup, spiderwebs, and more. Once this is done, you can proceed with a vacuum cleaner and clean the entire surface of the blinds. A vacuum will also allow you to clean the inaccessible areas of the blinds.

3. Inspect for stains or dirt marks: Following that, you can inspect the fabric for any dirt marks or stains. Be on the lookout for these if you’re cleaning your blinds post the rainy or windy seasons. These make your blinds more prone to accumulating dirt, leaving noticeable spots on them.

4. Make a cleaning solution: You can make a simple cleaning solution at home by mixing some dish soap with lukewarm water. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and water for a homemade cleaning solution that won’t contain harmful chemicals.

5. Clean stains using the spot-cleaning technique: If you want to give your full fabric blinds a clean wipe, go over every surface with a damp cloth lightly dipped in the cleaning solution. Whenever you spot a stain, you can use the spot-cleaning technique to get rid of it. It simply means dabbing the area with the cleaning solution multiple times and gently rubbing the damp cloth over it. Make sure you do this gently, as blinds can be pretty delicate. Support the blinds from the back side with your other hand for extra care.

6. Let your blinds air-dry: After cleaning them properly, let your blinds air-dry. This will give them a natural refresh and help eliminate any dampness and odor.


Following these tips will let you clean your dirty fabric blinds with the utmost ease. If you’re on the hunt for more cleaning and organizational tips, you can find a huge selection on the Homebliss blog. Head to Homebliss to browse a plethora of cleaning and home organization tips!