Caring for Blinds, Shutters, and Shades

Here's how to care for some of the more common types of blinds, shutters, and shades.
Cleaning Blinds

Miniblinds: Vacuum with a soft brush attachment or dust with a feather duster or lamb's-wool duster or tool for blinds. If you have children, install blinds that meet safety criteria.

Vertical Blinds: Vacuum carefully with the brush attachment used for draperies, or clean with a lamb's-wool duster. If fabric-covered, spot-clean only; don't use soap and water.

Wood Blinds: Dust with vacuum or lamb's-wool duster. For occasional deep cleaning, use a wood cleaner such as oil soap. Do not use soap and water on wood blinds.

Wood Shutters: Dust natural wood shutters. If painted, wash in place. Cover the floor and sill with plastic or a drop cloth. Use a brush dipped in detergent and water. Rinse and dry with a cotton cloth.

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