How to Clean Louvers

Louvers are a set of parallel slanted slats that cover windows and doors that protect the glass from sunlight and rain. They are also common indoors and can be found on such things as sliding closet doors, pantry doors and air vents among other places. In this configuration, they give the appearance of being closed yet they allow airflow circulation in and out of the louvered space. Because they are arranged in a slanted position, with each individual louver shielding the one below it, they are difficult to clean by conventional means.

Clean louvers with a paintbrush and soapy dishwater solution.
  1. Dust louvers clean using a dry soft bristled paint brush. The bristles will slide between each louver and remove dust from the slanted surfaces. If a brush is not available, wrap a rag around the end of a ruler and insert it between each louver. This way will take longer than using a brush, but the louvers will come out just as clean and dust free.
  2. Mix up a small bucket of soapy water solution. Dip the brush into the solution and wash the louvers, just like dusting them, to remove built-on dirt and grime. A ruler with a rag wrapped around the end can also be used in this same way. Again, it will take longer, but the louvers will get just as clean.
  3. Rinse the louvers with fresh water by dipping using either the brush or the rag-wrapped ruler into fresh water and running them between the louvers.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft bristle paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Rag
  • Bucket
  • Soapy dishwater solution
  • Fresh water

About the Author

Dale Yalanovsky has been writing professionally since 1978. He has been published in "Woman's Day," "New Home Journal" and on many do-it-yourself websites. He specializes in do-it-yourself projects, household and auto maintenance and property management. Yalanovsky also writes a bimonthly column that provides home improvement advice.

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