While window treatments are a must-have for your homes and windows, a lot of effort goes behind selecting them and of course in taking care and maintaining them. Your task does not end with simply installing the blinds and then forgetting all about them. Blinds and shades need regular and proper maintenance for them to continue being functional and effective. Over a period of time dust will collect on the slats and the blinds which not only look bad but can also affect the functionality of the same. If your blinds are exposed to areas like the kitchen they collect grease and grime which need attention and more thorough and deep cleansing.
Cleaning Real Wood Blinds
Wood blinds are a beautiful addition to any home. They are classy and elegant to look at. Real and natural wood infuses warmth and soft glow into the rooms and surroundings that feel wonderful. They can match any room decor style and have remained a favorite among homeowners despite their cost. Wood blinds are easy to maintain. If you clean them at regular intervals, a simple dusting is sufficient. A feather duster or microfiber duster are perfect and do not damage the surface of the blinds. Rough materials can cause accidental scratches that can ruin them forever. Dust the blinds gently to remove the dirt.
Dusting Real Wood Blinds
Close the blinds so that they sit flat against your window and make it easier to clean both sides. Individually wipe or dust each slat from left to right. If it is a wooden vertical blind then dust from top to bottom. Wooden blinds should be ideally dusted once every month at least to maintain a clean and neat appearance. You can also use a soft vacuum attachment to dust the blinds. Make sure you use the soft brush and a low suction setting to prevent damage.
Washing with Water
However, dusting always does not suffice. There may be too much dirt build-up, grease or stubborn stains that refuse to be removed with a duster. We recommend the use of water for deep cleaning. While the use of any cleaner is not preferred as they create stains and streaks on the blinds and could ruin them as well, vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner. They do a great job of removing stains and grime and contain no chemicals but you must remember that vinegar is extremely acidic. If you use vinegar directly on wood blinds, the latter will be corroded and damaged irreparably. This impact can be mitigated if vinegar is heavily diluted with water. Take a soft cleaning cloth and dip into the solution. Wring it very well so that there is no water dripping. Remember that prolonged contact with water will cause your blinds to spot and warp. You do not need to saturate the blinds completely when cleaning. A damp cloth is all that is needed. Scrub a little harder on areas with stains in a circular motion.
To prevent water from causing discoloration, warp and spotting on wood blinds, dry each slat individually with a dry clean cloth as soon as you are done with wet cleaning. Do not let water to settle on the slats.
If you want your wood blinds to look shiny you can try using olive oil and warm water. They help clean the blinds and leave them looking shining and sparkling. However, if your blinds are cracked it is advisable not to use olive oil as they will seep past the crack and warp the wood.
Cleaning Faux Wood Blinds
Dusting & Wiping
Faux wood is another popular choice of window treatment for your homes. While real wood is expensive and not suitable for all places in the house, faux wood as the name suggests is not real natural wood but made of composite wood, PVC or vinyl but have the look and feel of real wood. They are quite beautiful to look at, less expensive and great for high moisture rooms like bathrooms and kitchens as they are moisture resistant. Faux wood blinds can survive under tough conditions like heat and exposure to water. Because they are popularly used in these areas they also tend to catch dirt and also have grease and grime on them. For normal dust you can wipe using a microfiber cloth or soft vacuum attachment. For the more stubborn stains and greases, faux wood blinds need to be washed.
Washing with Water
Fill a bucket with warm water. Mix a soft detergent or vinegar which is a natural cleaner. White vinegar is the one that is preferred. Dip cloth in the water or white vinegar, wring out excess water and start leaning from the top t corner of the blinds. Scrub the stains and when the cloth becomes dirt wash it in water. Clean every slat individually and then use a clean cloth to dry the blinds. You can run a dryer sheet over every slat to help repel dust. If your blinds are extremely dirty then you need to take them down. Lay them on the floor and scrub them well using the same soapy water or vinegar. Laying them down the ground allows you better access and control over the blinds. Dry the blinds completely before hanging them back.
Real Wood or Faux Wood Blinds are both a popular choice for homeowners. Irrespective of the blinds you choose taking special care of them is a must to ensure their longevity and durability.