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Cleaning Venetian Blinds – Expert Tips to Make Your Job Easier

Venetian Blinds are found in most homes and offices – so knowing how to clean Venetian Blinds is something many households need to know. While Venetian Blinds look great in the home, their horizontal slats mean they can collect dust faster than any other blinds on the market. Don’t despair though, with a little know-how and some regular TLC, Venetian blinds are a great investment and can last a lifetime.

Before delving into Venetian Blind cleaning methods, it’s essential to prepare them properly first.

When it comes to cleaning Aluminium Venetian Blinds or Timber Venetian Blinds, the process often takes the use of certain products. Some Venetian blinds will respond differently to certain products than others. You can avoid bigger mishaps such as damage or discolouration by doing a test area in a more unseen spot before you clean the entire surface. If you have sensitive skin, you can also use non-allergenic disposable gloves to protect your hands from dirt or the cleaning solution.

Before conducting the spot test, ensure to tie back the curtains and clear any nearby furnishings to ease the cleaning process. Consider placing a towel on the floor to catch spills and protect your flooring during the cleaning process.

We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to show you how to clean Venetian Blinds quickly and easily.

Cleaning Venetian Blinds: How to keep them looking great

Lightly cleaning Venetian Blinds

Here are some quick and easy methods to help extend the life of your blinds through light cleaning. Plus, you can do it without removing them from the window. Regular light cleaning can help avoid the need for deep cleans. For an eco-friendly option, use a clean, thick sock instead of purchasing sponges or cleaning cloths.

Hand in cloth, cleaning/wiping Venetian Blinds.


To keep your blinds clean, lightly dust them each time you vacuum. Clean each slat individually to ensure thorough cleaning. Use old socks or white cotton gloves to easily clean between slats. For stains or grease, use a small amount of water with detergent, but test it first on a sample slat or consult your blind supplier to avoid damage.

Regular cleaning preserves the beauty of your blinds. With consistent upkeep, you’ll only need to deep clean them once or twice a year.

Close-up picture of cleaning Timber Venetian Blinds. Guide on cleaning plantation shutters/blinds.

Vacuum cleaning Venetian Blinds

Use the upholstery attachment provided with your vacuum cleaner to clean each slat of the Venetian Blinds while they’re hanging. Be cautious with the suction, especially for aluminium blinds.

Deep Cleaning your Venetian Blinds

If your Venetian blinds have gathered dust, it’s time for a deep clean. Here’s how:

  1. Remove the blinds from the window and place them in your bathtub on old towels to protect the surface.
  2. Fill the tub with warm water and a cleaning solution recommended by the manufacturer. Soak the blinds and scrub away stubborn grease with a cloth.
  3. Drain the bath and rinse the blinds with cool water twice.
  4. Hang the blinds to dry, rotating the slats every 30 minutes for even airflow.
  5. Once dry, rehang them in the window frame.

Caution: Wooden or faux wooden Venetian Blinds are prone to buckling if soaked in water. To clean them, hang them outside and wipe each slat with a damp cloth. Let each slat dry before moving to the next layer. For advice on cleaning solutions or methods, reach out to us for assistance. If you need any advice on the types of cleaning solutions or methods that are correct for your Venetian Blinds, feel free to contact us anytime.

Knowing how to clean Venetian blinds of varied materials will also make your life easier. Here are a few different ones:

  1. Wooden blinds: Cleaning wooden Venetian Blinds requires a furniture polish and a soft cloth for surface cleaning. It’s important to wipe the blinds dry right after they have been cleaned.
  2. Vinyl, aluminium, or laminated wood: Create a solution with warm or hot water and some soap. Soak a sponge into this solution and wipe the dust off each slat.

Avoid using incorrect cleaning solutions for wooden Venetian blinds as they can cause swelling or permanent damage. Always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for the safest cleaning methods.

Efficiency tip: A cotton wool ball can help for difficult-to-clean spots.

Cleaning Venetian Blinds – Why It Matters

Cleaning Venetian blinds regularly is crucial for removing dust and preventing allergens and bacteria buildup. With clean blinds, your home will look fresh and aesthetically pleasing. Remember to clean the handles and strings as well, and creating a cleaning process checklist can simplify the task.

Norman Timber Venetians handcrafted using Phoenixwood, lightweight and durable, with seamless arrangement allowing for greater light and privacy control. Made in Australia. On display in our Sydney showroom.

Add value to your home

Mastering the art of cleaning Venetian blinds is key to keeping your home tidy. These blinds offer numerous advantages with minimal drawbacks, making them a smart choice for any home. Elevate your space with the timeless charm and versatility of Venetian blinds today.

Need help finding the perfect Venetian blinds for your home? Contact our team at Complete Blinds! Call us at 02 8824 7975 or visit our showroom to chat with our friendly staff.

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