Smoking indoors can cause your blinds to be stained. If you notice a yellow film left behind by tobacco smoke, it’s best to clean the blinds as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Here are a few tips on how to clean smoke stained blinds.
How to Clean Smoke Stained Blinds
Extend the blinds to their full length by pulling the blind string and close the blinds completely using the dowel on the side of the blinds. This will help to ensure the blind slats stay in position when you lay the blinds flat on the ground.
Detach the blinds from the fixtures at the top of the window and lay them on the floor. You may want to lay old newspapers or bed sheets to protect the floor from dust or moisture dripping from the blinds. Alternatively, lay the blinds outdoors on a cement floor.
Mix two tsp. of table salt into a bucket filled with two pints of cold water. You may also add some deodorizer to the cleaning solution to remove smoke odors if necessary. Dip a paper towel into the mixture and squeeze out the liquid to prevent it from dripping. You may use a soft-bristle brush dipped in the solution to scrub stains that prove difficult to remove.
Using the damp paper towel, wipe each blind individually, while taking care not to bend the slats. Start from the top and work methodically to ensure you’ve cleaned every single blind. Depending on the thickness of the stains, you may have to rinse the paper towel and wipe the blinds several times until they’re clean.
Wipe the wet blinds dry with clean and dry paper towels. If you’ve laid the blinds outdoors, there’s no harm in letting them air dry under the sun.
Turn over the blinds and lay them on the ground so you can clean the opposite side. Perform the same cleaning procedure on the alternate side using a clean and dampened paper towel and dry the blinds in the same manner as before. Re-check the other side of the blinds in case it may have gotten wet again and dry it as well. Use a large dry towel to wipe the blind, if preferable.
Once the blinds are completely dry, lift them from the floor and insert them back into position using the fixtures at the top of your window. Check that the blinds are working correctly by opening and closing them as you usually would.
If you’re dealing with vertical blinds, its best to clean them while hanging to prevent damage to the material. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a commercial cleaning solution. By following the steps above, you now know how to clean smoke stained blinds. Which allows you to restore the blinds to their original state and color cost-effectively.