How to Clean Roman Blinds

Lisa Cooper

BY Lisa Cooper

Published: 22 March 2019 Updated: 25 March 2024

Whether your style is built around traditional furnishings or a more contemporary look, Roman blinds are a luxurious way to add character to any room. And like any fabric furnishing, with a bit of care and attention, you can ensure that each elegant blind continues to look bright and vibrant throughout the year.

Regular cleaning

While Roman blind fabrics should always be handled with care, they can be kept clean and dust-free by using a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment. Simply lower the blind fully and carefully brush the surface of the fabric from top to bottom, taking special care around pleats and folds as dust can be more likely to settle there.

If your Roman blind fabric is embroidered or quilted like the design pictured here, using a microfiber cloth or feather duster will help ensure that none of the pattern comes loose as you clean. Be sure not to miss the bottom or side edges of your blind when cleaning as contact with the window sill and frame can make these areas prone to collecting dust and fluff.


If you spot a small mark on the fabric, first try to wipe it clean using a clean, damp cloth. To ensure that the material is not damaged, use a mix of warm soapy water and make sure to wring out the cloth after each attempt to avoid leaving watermarks on the material. For more stubborn stains you may need to apply a specialist fabric stain remover to your water mix. Always check first that the product you are using is suitable for your Roman blind fabric to ensure it will not further damage your blind.


Living room blinds

If your Roman blinds become heavily stained, we would always recommend that you take them to be professionally dry cleaned to guarantee the fabric remains in a good condition. This may require you to remove the fabric from its headrail - you should always consult the methods given by the supplier of your Roman blinds. Look for the dry clean symbol on the fabric swatch or tab within the material before attempting to take your blinds down.

roman blind with a repeating tear drop pattern in different grey tones fitted to a window

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