Fabric Blinds, Mold, and the Attack of the Green Cleaners

Mold—it’s a nasty substance. A fungus that grows in warm, humid places such as kitchens and bathrooms, mold will take hold anywhere there’s moisture and a porous surface for the spores to grow and thrive, including fabric blinds.

To that end, it’s important you know how to get rid of mold in your house, especially on any of your gorgeous and really expensive fabric blinds. Blinds can become damp or wet for a variety of reasons, but mostly from condensation on the windows. Mold on blinds is not only unsightly, it’s unhealthy. Several household molds can actually harm your health, so it’s important to get rid of mold the moment you find it—the fungus grows fast and can cause allergic reactions and even disease.

To clean mold from fabric blinds, line your bathtub with old towels. Remove the blinds from their window casings. Depending on the blinds, you may need a screwdriver. Extend the blinds to their full length with the slats open, and then lay them on the towels in the bottom of the tub.

Fill the bathtubwith enough water to cover the blinds. If the blinds are white, add one cup of chlorine bleach and 6 oz. of baking soda. If you have colored blinds, use two cups of white vinegar and 6 oz. of baking soda. Natural green cleaners, white vine

Lamp window blinds

Lamp window blinds (Photo credit: shaggy359)

gar and baking soda are also antifungal. They kill growing fungus and prevent the growth of new fungus. Bleach, though not a green cleaner, does the same thing.

Let the blinds soak in the solution for twenty minutes. For stubborn patches of mold, scrub gently with a rag or soft toothbrush.

Finally, drain the tub and rinse off the blinds with warm water running from the shower head, or use a hose. Hang the blinds outside in the sun to dry for at least an hour to make sure the mold won’t find its way back.

Repeat this process whenever necessary to keep your fabric blinds clean and beautiful and looking brand new. If your blinds are not cleanable, it may be time to call your local Budget Blinds.

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