How to Properly Clean and Maintain Wooden Blinds
Wooden blinds are a beautiful addition to any home, which is why it’s so easy to see why they are one of the most popular choices when it comes to blinds. Not only do they last a lifetime, but they offer exceptional light control and privacy. But like all things, once in a while they may need a little TLC to maintain the smart, sleek look they provide. In this article we will examine the best techniques to use when cleaning your wooden blinds, and how to maintain them, to keep them looking better for longer!
You will need a few products to complete the task, including:
- Microfiber cloth or feather duster
- Warm water
- A clean, dry cloth (for drying)
- Soft vacuum attachment (optional)
- Lemon/Olive oil (optional)
Wooden blinds cleaning techniques:
Removing the dust
To get started, it’s important to dust the slats completely, so your cleaning products can do their job more effectively. We recommend doing the dusting before you hoover, as the majority of it may fall onto the floor. Closing the slats so you can reach the majority of the surfaces and starting from the top makes for easier work, something we highly recommend! Start by using a feather duster or a microfiber cloth, allowing you to remove all the dust without damaging the wooden surface or accidentally scratching it. You could even use a soft vacuum attachment to suck up the dust and dirt, without pushing it onto other surfaces by accident. To keep on top of things, we suggest dusting roughly once a week to maintain that clean and polished look.
Washing wooden blinds
Fill a bowl or bucket with some warm water and dampen a clean, smooth cloth, then wipe this over your closed blind slats to remove any excess dust. If you’re looking to remove stains, we recommend using water only then drying off with a clean cloth afterwards. If you’re looking to add shine to your blinds, then simply add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil or lemon oil to your bowl of water, then wipe this mixture on your blinds. Lastly, dry the blinds off completely with a paper towel. Drying off the solution is an important part of this process, as it gets rid of any water stains that may be left behind.
What not to do?
Although it may be tempting to use chemical window cleaners on your blinds as well, please do not do this. It may damage the surface of your wooden blinds and leaving them looking stained and dull. Furthermore, not drying off your wooden blinds after cleaning them with water may warp your blinds after a prolonged period of time, so it’s important to not skip this step!
Denton blinds have an array of wooden blinds to choose from, all of which require minimal maintenance to keep them looking at their best. Our experienced team can advise on all matters blind related and will ensure you receive only the highest quality blinds, as well as fast installation. For more information on any of our blinds and services, please get in touch with a friendly member of our team today!