How To Clean Window Blinds And Coverings

March 05, 2021

For some, seasonal allergies have already started.  Windows treatments harbor pet dander, pollen, dust, oil, and even insect feces and dead parts. Keeping your window blinds clean can help keep your home free from allergens. Dry cleaning or hiring a professional can get expensive. 

When asked if Powerizer will clean mini blinds, the quick answer is yes! However, we are sharing tips to complete the job safely and effectively. Recently we were asked how to clean mini blinds with Powerizer. The first question you should ask yourself is, what is the most cost-effective, time-saving or, does it makes sense to replace them or hire someone to clean them?  

After a quick internet search, we found a mini-blind cleaning service quoting $251 to clean six blinds. Home depot's page allows you to pick the size you prefer, then customize the measurements. New blinds were starting at $29 and increased up to $80. The larger and specialty blinds became more costly as the sizes get bigger. 

The blinds we cleaned were dusty and not damaged. Replacing them was not necessary. Instead, the best option was to clean them with Powerizer and not hiring a service.  Powerizer Complete is the only cleaning product needed 

What is the best option for cleaning mini blinds?

3 Options For Cleaning Blinds Pros Cons
Clean as you Go
  • Does not require removing the blinds 
  • Time consuming 
  • Does not thoroughly clean 
Remove and Clean Blinds at Home 
  • Thoroughly clean at home 
  • Un-install and re-install required 
Remove and Clean Blinds at Car Wash 
  • Saves Time
  • Thoroughly cleans multiple blinds at once
  • Un-install and re-install required 
  • Requires a transport vehicle 
  • Requires money to use the car wash 

 

Tips to consider before starting your project.

Tools for Cleaning Blinds

  • Bucket
  • High pressured spray hose
  • Large tub for soaking
  • Microfiber cloths for cleaning and drying 
  • Powerizer Complete Pods or powder
  • Optional: Tarp to cover your vehicle trunk or truck bed

Option 1 - Dust and Clean While Still Hanging

The easiest option is to clean them while still hanging, which is excellent for routine dusting and cleaning. For this process, a damp microfiber cloth, a bucket, and a Powerizer wash solution are all you need. This method is excellent for spot cleaning and isn't messy. However, it isn't going to bring the most thorough cleaning results.

You will need to mix one scoop to one (1) gallon of water in a bucket and use a plush microfiber cloth to wipe the blinds. Be sure to wring the cloth out well, so it is damp instead of sopping wet.

Optional: This process can be too time-consuming. For optimal results, wipe the slats, then rinse the cloth in a bucket or under the tub's faucet. Avoid dropping the dirty cloth back into the Powerizer solution. It may be necessary to replace the detergent with a fresh wash solution after cleaning each blind.

Option 2 - Remove Blinds to Deep Clean in Bathtub or Shower 

This method will allow to deep clean at your leisure.  Whether you decide to clean one window or one room at a time your blinds will be clean as new when you are finished.  No matter the kind you have - aluminum, fabric, wood or vertical Powerizer Complete. 

This option offers complete results.

1.
  • Remove access dust and debris 
2.
  • Condense the blinds and remove the blinds from the window brackets.
  • Wrap cords around the slats to secure them.
3.
  • Choose an option from below (Bathtub or Shower)
4.
  • Wipe prominent dirt spots from the frame and slats.
5.
  •  After soaking, drain the tub and thoroughly rinse the binds again using the sprayer.
6.
  •  Allow the blinds to drain the excess water by standing them vertically. 
7.
  • Rehang the blinds to allow them to air dry thoroughly.
8.
  • Spot check them after they have dried to remove any detergent or dirt that may not have rinsed off. Use a damp microfiber cloth and plain water to remove the residue.


Bathtub Option: Fill the tub with warm to hot water, add one scoop of Powerizer detergent, and place them in the solution. Allow them to soak for 5 minutes or so. 


Shower Option: Turn your shower head to the highest pressure. Available unless you have a shower sprayer and saturate them with warm to hot water. Use a bucket to make a solution—one (1) scoop of Powerizer to one (1) gallon of water. Allow them to soak for 5 minutes or so. 


Tip: Longer Blinds: Stand them vertically in the tub or shower.

 

Cleaning with Powerizer costed less than six dollars when we cleaned them at the car wash. The entire car wash cycle put us out $4. We paid $2 to saturate the blinds and make a wash bucket in four minutes. Then we paid $2 for another 4-minute cycle to rinse the detergent and dirt away. Now suppose you soak them at home in the tub instead of going to the car wash. There is no additional expense other than your time and using Powerizer. Bottom line, Powerizer will save you time and money since it is a multipurpose cleaner. 

Option 3 - Remove Multiple Blinds and Take to the Car Wash

Depending on how many blinds you want to clean at once. Hauling them to a car wash might make more sense. This process could take a few hours. Therefore take a day to remove  and reinstall all of them.  

From there, the process is fast and easy. 

 At Home 
  • Uninstall blinds; secure them by wrapping the cording around them.
  • Gather supplies; Powerizer, a bucket, and microfiber cleaning cloths.
  • Transport blinds to car wash.
At Car Wash 
  • Position the blinds vertically against the car wash stall wall.
  • Select the rinse cycle only.
  • Fill a bucket with water and pour one (1) scoop  or drop two (2) pods of Powerizer into the bucket per gallon of water. 
  • Thoroughly rinse all the blinds for at least one minute. Only pay for a few minutes.
  • Next, saturate and wipe the blinds using a microfiber cloth and the Powerizer solution. 
  • Add more time and select the rinse cycle again. Begin to spray each blind thoroughly to remove the dirt and detergent until they rinse clean with no detergent residue in the run-off. 
  • If an air hose is available, blow air through each blind to remove excess water before placing them back in the car.
Returning Home 
  • Once home, carefully unravel the cords then tie each cord separately with rubber bands to prevent them from getting tangled during the install process.
  • Reinstall the blinds allowing them to air dry. 
  • The following day drop-down each blind to examine for water spots or dirt that did not rinse away.
  • If any dirt or residue remains, wipe them with a damp microfiber cloth and plain water.

Tip: If you're worried about excess water dripping in your vehicle, consider laying down a tarp and placing a large towel on top of the tarp. 

We recommend using one scoop per mini blind. Let's say you are cleaning six (6) blinds one (1) scoop of Powerizer costs about 30 cents per scoop = $1.80  Car Wash Fees were $4.00.  The expense for cleaning six (6) blinds came to $5.80.  It should take you about 30 minutes to remove all of them from their brackets, wrap them and load them into your vehicle. This process may take more time but you can knock out multiple blinds at once.  

Powerizer has many other uses from Spring Cleaning, cleaning window screens, removing hard water stains, cleaning mattresses are just a few examples how versatile Powerizer is.  

Search our Powerizer reviews for examples of ways Powerizer has worked for other customers.  



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