Dusting the Blinds: An "Oh, Duh!" Moment

The house I'm renting for the year has many oversized windows with equally oversized aluminum blinds. When it came to dusting them, the task seemed daunting and I kept putting it off. That is, until the obvious hit me:

I at first could only imagine dusting them one louver of a blind at a time in the open position. Why? I'm really not sure (lack of vision?), but just the thought of it made me want to weep. Finally, it hit me to close the blinds and dust them in large areas at once. Here's how it went:

1: Close the blinds so the convex side is facing you, as this is the surface that generally faces up and gathers all of the dust.

2: Using a dry ostrich feather duster, dust horizontally starting at the top of each blind and working your way down. It's important to use a feather duster so the individual feathers can reach up between louvers and dust their entire surfaces.

3: Reverse the blinds and repeat on the concave side, too.

4: Sweep up afterward, as some dust (especially if it's as excessive a buildup as it was on my blinds) will fall to the floor in this process.

5: Shake the dust off of the duster outside (or wash it gently with water and air dry).

We tried wet dusting with a wash rag first, but this tended to smear the dust and the blinds didn't easily come clean. Concerns about a feather duster picking up dust? Make sure your duster is made with ostrich feathers, as they are actually composed of tiny little finger-like nodules that are really good at holding dust - not just pushing it around.

How do you dust the blinds in your home? Please share in the comments section below.

Image: Regina Yunghans / Apartment Therapy

You Might Also Like

Promoted Stories

Categories

Homekeeping & Cleaning

Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.