Clean Wooden Blinds to Make them Look Brand New
Wooden blinds are designed to offer a warm classy touch to your interior and most of the consumers install them because of their extreme durability, versatility, and timeless appeal. Besides, incorporating eco-friendly vibes to your decor, they are particularly good in controlling sun rays and privacy. Because of their unique designer look, they are always in fashion and currently leading the window fashion industry as well. But these window blinds may entail some cleaning and care for its preservation and longevity. Proper maintenance not only helps them to shine but also maintains the operating smoothness.
While it might seem complicated to clean wood but a simple approach is always best. If you are not sure where to start from, then one thing that will come first in your mind is how to clean wooden blinds. In recent days, everyone seeks for easy and quick cleaning guidelines when purchasing something new and wood blinds are not an exception. Well, when it comes to wooden blinds maintenance, there are a number of terms that get tossed around such as dusting, vacuuming, and washing. To keep them looking best, you need to tackle all the cleaning methods efficiently else you will end up with some damage. Keep reading to learn how to clean dirt and grime layered on the blinds and restore their beauty.
Step By Step Ways of Cleaning Wooden Blinds
Before you get started, it’s essential to identify whether you have real wood blinds or faux wood blinds as both of them require different cleaning methods. Wood blinds are extremely subtle and you need to be very careful while cleaning them. Cleaning them in water may ruin the material easily. Faux wood blinds are made of PVC material and clean be cleaned with water or any solution because of their water and moisture-resistant properties. Check out the various ways of cleaning them –
● Take a duster or microfiber cloth to remove all the small dirt particles and rugs.
● First, keep the slats in a close position to clean one side effectively.
● Start wiping the slats from left to right but in case if you have vertical wooden blinds then start from top to bottom.
● Rotate the adjusting rods in the opposite direction to open the blinds and dust them too.
● Repeat the process until you clean them thoroughly.
Take a soft brush attached vacuum cleaner to eliminate the small particles of dust and dirt from the blinds. But make sure to keep it in a low suction setting to avoid any damage.
Dusting does not work every time. Deep cleaning of wooden blinds requires water to eliminate all the dust and stubborn stain efficiently. While the use of any cleaner is not recommended for this process you can opt for vinegar which is an excellent natural cleaning solution. It can efficiently and quickly remove all the unwanted elements. But do not use this solution directly on the blind or you may end up ruining the slats. And avoid chemical solutions.
● Take a small bowl of water and vinegar and dip a piece of cloth into it.
● Now, squeeze out the water from the cloth and wipe it on the slats. Start from the top and clean each slat individually.
● Adjust the slats to wipe both sides of the blinds.
● Let the slats dry in normal weather or take a microfiber cloth or dry rag to wipe the water. Do not leave water on the slats.
If you want your wood blinds to look bright and polished, then use olive oil and warm water to clean. However, if the blinds are cracked then do not use olive oil as they will seep into the crack and warp the wood more. You can also use lemon oil or any other wood preservative to maintain the shine of the blinds. This will disinfect the blinds as well. These elements work as the perfect wood conditioners.
Cleaning Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds are sturdy and extremely durable than the real wood blinds. The blinds can survive under tough climate conditions like heat and exposure to water which makes them an excellent choice to install on high humidity areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. These blinds are prone to accumulate more dust, grease, and grim. You can do normal dusting or vacuuming to clean them but if the dirt is more, then they need to be washed.
For washing, take a bowl of water along with soapy liquid solution or white vinegar (ratio should be 1:1). Take a cloth and wipe the slats using that solution. For better results, take the blinds down and scrub them properly. Dry them using a dryer and hang them back on the window. Do not use any chemical or abrasive cleaners which may ruin the finish or paint.
Disclaimer– Every finish, stain, and type of wood blinds is different and hence require different cleaning procedures. Please consult your blind manufacturer before proceeding with any cleaning procedures. There are other blinds too which are made of wood such as natural wood shades, wooden vertical blinds, and many more. So, it’s always good to start with the help of the professionals. ZebraBlinds takes no liability of any damage or harm caused during the entire process.
Irrespective of what type of wooden blinds you have, to maintain the longevity and beauty of the blinds, make sure to clean them on a daily basis. Those who have a busy schedule can follow this cleaning method weekly once as the methods are super easy, convenient, and take less time too. Cleaning them will enhance the grace of the overall interior and also ensure that they raise and lower smoothly and evenly!