Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget your Drapes, Blinds and Window Treatments

Wash a Home’s Windows in the Spring

Spring-cleaning is a traditional house cleaning chore after winter is over and the weather is warmer. If you are a busy mom who is tired of coping with ice and snow, then a warm spring day is going to make you feel energized. After taking the little ones outside to enjoy the sunshine and green grass at the park, come back home ready to wash away the debris that has built up over the winter. Some people are scared of heights though so it might be best to get some window cleaners in to do it for you.

Increase Natural Sunlight

You are probably going to want to open a home’s windows to enjoy warm breezes and get fresh air inside each room, but there is a good chance that your windows, draperies or blinds are covered with several months of dust. Window treatments, window sills and window glass are a great place to begin your spring-cleaning chores in order to let in additional natural sunlight.

Cleansers and Tools

Before beginning to wash your windows and window treatments, prepare by having the cleansers needed to complete the job without making another trip to the store. Make sure to place all of your chemical cleansers in a carryall container to make it easier to clean multiple windows and draperies in a home. For safety, keep the container of cleansers away from the reach of children while washing items or storing the detergents.

Supervise Your Children

You can choose to use store-bought window cleansers or make your own cleansers using simple household products such as white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Teach your children that all cleansers are poisonous, including the ones that you mix yourself to clean window panes or wash window blinds. Older children might enjoy helping with the spring-cleaning chores, but make sure to supervise them.

Machine Wash Draperies

Before cleaning the interior and exterior window panes, climb on a sturdy ladder to take down draperies or window blinds. Have a container ready to hold sharp curtain hooks or other embellishments. If the curtains or draperies are machine washable and dryable, then follow the manufacturer’s directions for washing and drying the fabrics. You can wash these items while cleaning your home’s windowsills and window glass.

Cleaning Your Window Blinds

For window blinds with slats that are dirty, you can use a specialized tool that has sponges and openings to push along the slats to wash away debris. Cleaning blinds is something that nobody wants to do, but since there is nothing worse purchasing new blinds from somewhere like www.milesaheadblindsandawnings.com.au only to get them dirty, cleaning them is the least we can do. It is also possible to wash some types of slatted window blinds by dipping the items in a bathtub that has a mild detergent or hanging the items on a clothesline and spraying the items with a garden hose.

Use a Rubber Sponge

For vinyl or fabric blinds that you cannot remove from the window’s frame, use a rubber or dry sponge to pick up the dirt from blinds before rolling the item to the top of the window to wash the glass. Verify that a home’s windows are closed tightly before trying to clean the exterior glass. You can wash the exteriors of windows with a garden hose after spraying cleanser on the glass or climb on a ladder to wash the glass with paper towels or soft cloths.

Wash and Dry Window Glass

Inside your home, you should begin at the top of the windows by dusting off the curtain rod or window frame before washing and drying the glass with cloth or paper towels. A manufactured window cleaner or mixture of white vinegar and water is less likely to streak than detergents. However, a mild dish soap mixed with water is perfect for washing dirty window frames and windowsills along with latches and locks. If you wanted to learn more about it check out https://oasiswindowcleaners.com. They have some fantastic ideas on how to get your windows super clean!


This guest post contribution was made by Proctor Drapery and Blinds, a company known for their St Louis window treatments. PD&B has over 40 years of experience and offer a wide variety of products and services including custom blinds and custom drapery.

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35 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget your Drapes, Blinds and Window Treatments

  1. Those are all essential when cleaning out the house. I cannot wait to start my Spring cleaning, really. I’m clean freak and it feels so rewarding to have a clean home!

  2. Great reminder! Before I moved in with my now husband he never cleaned his blinds. They were so bad Icouldnt get hem clean no matter how hard I tried. We got new ones

  3. This is great info. I made all my draperies, and kept in mind that I would want to be cleaning them, still not easy, but at least I don’t need to dry clean them. I also wash all the blinds, not just sponge them, but take them down and immerse them. So much nicer!

  4. And a word to the wise: iron your curtains etc while they’re still damp or do what I do & just hang them up while still damp and let gravity take care of the creases for me!

  5. Thank you for the reminder! I never remember to clean the blinds and drapes. And goodness knows they really need it!

  6. My windows have been dreadfully neglected! I always try to stay on top of it, sadly we even get mold around the window frames and I’m always trying to bleach them!

  7. I don’t mind washing my curtains but blinds are chore. I usually dust them when I wash the curtains but taking them down to wash in the bathtub or utility sink is a chore I don’t do often enough. I don’t wash the screens or outside of my windows very often either but most have azalea shrubs in front of them.

  8. Thank you for all the great spring cleaning tips. I can use all the help I can get. You have a way making it simple to accomplish my cleaning goal.

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