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Cleaning Hunter Douglas Blinds

At Blind Scapes, we understand that maintaining and cleaning your window blinds can feel like a serious chore, but it doesn’t have to be. As with most things in your home, blinds attract dust, dirt, and pet hair. Perhaps you’re wondering if you’re using the proper methods or products to clean your blinds? We’ve gathered the best tips to clean all types of blinds to help you out.

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Why Do I Need to Clean My Blinds?

Your Hunter Douglas blinds are an investment that will last for many years with proper care. It’s important to keep your blinds clean to prevent any surface material or fingerprints from becoming set-in stains.

It’s actually easier than you think to keep window blinds sparkling clean. The first step is to know what material your blinds are made of: wood, metal, or other.

TLC for Wood Blinds

Wood blinds need to be dusted fairly often to the dust from causing minor surface scratches. Always use a cleaner designed for wood, and a wood conditioner as needed to help maintain the blinds’ finish. Make sure you never expose your wood blinds to too much moisture while cleaning as the slats can become warped.

Caring for Metal, Vinyl, and other Non-Wood Blinds

The process to clean metal, hybrid, or vinyl blinds is relatively similar. You usually don’t need to take your blinds down to clean them, and the process requires only a few basic supplies.

What you’ll need:

  • Microfiber cloth or feather duster
  • A vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Step ladder if needed to reach the top slats and headrail
You will want to remove dust and surface debris from all blinds before tackling any stains. Close your blinds and wipe each slat from one side to the other. When you’ve finished, reverse the direction of the slats and repeat the process. You can do this with a feather duster or a vacuum’s brush attachment. If the slats are particularly thin, such as the ½” slats available with Modern Precious Metals® Aluminum blinds, you may find this easiest to do using an old, clean sock on your hand.
Once you’ve dusted your blinds, you can use warm water with a small squirt of mild dish soap to clean any fingerprints or stains. Wring the cloth out thoroughly before wiping your blinds. Even if you’re cleaning faux wood or aluminum blinds, you don’t want the cloth you use to be soaking wet. After cleaning, wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
Don’t forget to give your headrail and any top treatment the attention it deserves. Dust accumulates more quickly on flat surfaces, especially if they are unseen and not cleaned as frequently.

Contact Us

At Blind Scapes, we are here to meet all of your window treatment needs. Should you have any questions on how to properly care for your Hunter Douglas window blinds, give us a call at (505) 352-5250 to speak with one of our window treatment specialists. We are located in Albuquerque, NM, and are pleased to serve the areas of Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, NM.