How to clean window blinds - a step-by-step guide and the best cleaning products to get the job done

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  • Almost every home has some type of window blinds that provide privacy, protection from the sun, and a decorative touch.
  • While blinds are a very functional and cost-effective window treatment, they can really attract dust. Regular cleaning will extend the life of your blinds and improve the air quality in your home.
  • We've searched out the best tools, products, and tips for cleaning all types of window blinds. Don't start your window blind cleaning until you have purchased the Hiware Window Blind Cleaner Duster ($7.99). It makes cleaning a breeze.

Window blinds can be a price-conscious way to add privacy to your windows, protect your belongings from sun damage, and even add a decorative touch to your home. There are nearly as many different types of window blinds as there are decorating styles. Available in wood, faux wood, plastic, metal, and even fabric, the blinds can be made to measure or purchased ready to hang in standard-size windows.

One thing that every type of blind has in common is that it gets dusty and dirty. Weekly dusting will help control the amount of grime that builds up on the slats of the blinds. But if you don't remove dust regularly, it will combine with grease and other particles in the air to become sticky and much more difficult to remove.

My favorite tool for cleaning blinds is the Hiware Window Blind Cleaner Duster. This cleverly designed little gadget has three prongs attached to a handle so I can clean three slats - top and bottom - at a time. There are microfiber "gloves" that slip over the prongs to capture the dust. Since the tool comes with five sets of gloves, I can do the entire house and then toss the gloves in the washer to use again.

When I'm ready to do a more thorough cleaning, the tool works well with any cleaning solutions needed. Yes, even with regular dusting, there will be a time when the blinds need to be cleaned. This is particularly the case for kitchen blinds that are exposed to grease particles and bathroom blinds that end up catching bits of hair spray.

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