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Old 01-23-2003, 05:25 AM
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Cleaning window blinds

I need help cleaning the many (vinyl?) window mini-blinds in my home, they are so dusty. The best way seems to be to manually dust a few slats at a time while pushing the blinds against the window, which is SO boring. As I have a house full of windows and mini-blinds, I was really hoping there was a short-cut. If anyone has had any luck with those special vacuum attachments, let me know, because my regular brush attachment doesn't seem to help much. Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2003, 06:27 AM
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I have mini blinds all over our home also. (2 are verticals)
I clean them all the same way. I clean them one at a time, twice a year, with cleaning solution in water. When I am done, and they are dry I then close them and wipe them down with Pledge which has been sprayed on a cloth. Then every month I just wipe them off with a dust rag. Must admit that sometimes it ends up twice a month. Hope this helps Cafe
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Old 01-25-2003, 06:43 AM
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I'm not near as ambitious. On a warm day, I take mine down, take them outside and hose them off. I do the same with my faux fiscus trees.
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Old 01-25-2003, 07:37 AM
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cleaning blinds

I usually take mine down & put them in the bathtub with soap & water & let them soak. Then I just take a sponge or scrub brush & clean them off & rinse them under the shower & hang outside to dry. The pledge & endust tip works pretty good too. I have also put a thin layer of clear floor wax on them .
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Old 01-25-2003, 09:00 AM
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Pinkie Winky

I have found the best way to clean my mini blinds is to take them down and clean them. In the colder weather, the best thing to do is soak them in the bathtub with warm, sudsy water. It helps to have one of those hand-held shower massagers to rinse them off. In the summer, we take the blinds down and wash and hose them off outside and then just leave them laying in the sun to dry.

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-25-2003, 09:11 AM
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The best way is in the bathtub - read Minnie and Melanie posts. I have found those gadgets never do a good job and they never reach around the cords. Soap and water is always the answer.;-)
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Old 01-25-2003, 11:02 AM
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Sorry if this offends anyone...I throw mine away and get new ones!
Now mine are not expensive, about 3/4 dollars each on sale. I have many windows and just do not have the time to wash them so once a year I just replace them. In between I vaccum and dust them when needed.
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Old 01-25-2003, 11:06 AM
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if you put a little fabric softner in your water when you wipe them down or soak them in the tub it will work much better then end-dust or pledge. It will actually repel dust. Doing it this way I can get away with once every 2 years on a wet cleaning, once a month taking the magnetic broom to them. Just close them and swipe with the broom. I imagine a Swifter would work just as well.

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Old 01-25-2003, 05:50 PM
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I do mine twice a year by taking them completely down and take them and lay them in a "closed" position on your driveway w/ a bucket of "fantastic" or "oxy-clean", or "By-Pas", (all these cuts the "crud" that accumulates on them, dust etc.) I just use a "wash mitt" (car wash mitt) and wipe them all down (goes fast if the slats are all closed like i said) . When that side is done, i flip it over and do other side. Then w/ a hose i hose the "soapy" solution off and hang over railing of my deck or chairs outside (picnic table etc.) Usually, in an hr. their ready to be hung back up. I use to do them in my tub too, but someone told me about this outside and I think it works alot easier, plus you don't have to be careful w/ the dripping all over in the house to get them outside to hang. Hope this helps!!! Vicki
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Old 01-25-2003, 06:29 PM
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Do you put anything down underneath them like a sheet so they don't get scratched up by the cement? I'll have to try this way soon. Thanks!
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