Wood blinds are stylish and durable and offer privacy and light control. Regular cleaning is essential for all blinds. It will make them last longer and improve their appearance. Wood blinds are not like metal, plastic, or cloth blinds. They require special cleaning techniques to preserve the wood’s beauty and prevent it from warping.
How to tell if your blinds are real or fake wood
You may need to do some detective work if you don’t own the blinds. Faux wood blinds look like natural wood today, but the cleaning methods are pretty different.
Faux wood blinds can be cleaned using just about any cleaner and water. They will not be damaged by moisture. Faux wood blinds must be treated with the right cleaners and less water than natural wood blinds.
Faux wood blinds weigh more, have the same grain pattern on all slats, and are unaffected by moisture. Wood blinds are lighter, have slightly different grain patterns, and can warp and color change from excessive moisture.
How Often Should Wood Blinds Be Clean?
They should be brushed every week to prevent dirt and grime buildup on wood blinds.
The blinds should be cleaned at least twice per year. Kitchen blinds made of wood should be cleaned frequently to remove grease particles.
What you need
- Wood cleaner for wooden floors or furniture
- Optional: Lemon oil or wood preservative
- Microfiber duster, Microfiber cloth, or vacuum with an upholstery brush
- Small bucket or bowl
- Use soft cleaning cloths
- Step ladder made of sturdy materials
How to clean wood blinds
Get rid of the dust.
- When deep cleaning wood blinds, dusting is a crucial step. You can scratch the wood if you don’t clean the dust off each side of the slats.
- Start by closing the blinds to ensure they are flush against your window. Stand on a sturdy stepladder, and use the vacuum or duster to wipe the blinds from the top. Slowly work your way down, people who are blind, focusing on each slat. To clean each slat’s entire surface, you may have to lift the nearest slat.
- Rotate people who are blind so that the other side is exposed and then repeat the process. While dusting, remember to clean the blind header and window sill.
Cleanse the Cleaning Solution
- Always refer to the label instructions on any wood cleaner you choose, such as Scott’s Liquid Gold. Some can be used straight from the bottle, but others must be diluted with water.
- Place a small amount of the solution in a small container or bucket to make cleaning easier. Use a clean cloth to dry the cleaning solution.
- Start at the top and place the blinds flat against a window. Next, wipe each slat down. To absorb excess moisture, wipe each slat with a dry cloth. Continue to lower the blinds. Continue the process by rotating the slats on the opposite side.
- To prevent soil from redistributing, change the cleaner as soon as it becomes dirty.
- Water stains caused by rain or excessive moisture will require extra attention before you can clean your wood blinds.
Use a wood conditioner.
- To restore their rich sheen, you can use lemon oil or a wood conditioner if the blinds are beginning to appear dull. Apply the product according to the instructions. To prevent staining, keep the blind hardware and strings out of reach.
Cleaning dirty ladders on blinds
- Ladders are the strings that hold vertical blinds’ slats together. These strings can get clogged up with grease, dirt, and grime.
- Spray a little shaving cream onto a white cloth to clean the strings. Use the razor cream to rub the line. Continue to clean each area. Rinse thoroughly.