Wooden Blinds are one of the favourite types of blinds people use. They give an earthy, old-school vibe to your rooms, and are one of the best types of blind that completely blocks out the light.
Although wooden blinds have their plus side, it’s also difficult to maintain them. Wooden window blinds are more prone to wear and tear in general due to humidity and temperature variations. Too much heat can crack the wood whereas moisture will cause the wood to stay damp and decay.
Wooden blinds need proper cleaning for them to remain in good condition. Here are a few ways for you to clean your wooden blinds properly –
The easiest way to clean wooden blinds is to dust it properly. A feather duster or a microfiber cloth is a good choice for cleaning the wood. Rough materials can scratch the wooden surfaces and cause it to lose its natural lustre.
Microfibre cloth attaches themselves to any dirt on the blinds, picking up particles that are usually missed by a normal rag cloth. For dusting your blinds close your window blinds so that they are flat against the window and wipe each slat from left to right. Focus on each slat individually for the best results.
You must also rotate the adjusting rod to open the blind and clean the other side of the slats facing away from you. Dusting your wooden blinds take barely 10 minutes and must be done once a week to keep your blinds clean and well maintained.
If your wooden blinds are really dirty, you can opt to wash your blinds. Washing can be done once in a month for removing any dust and grime that has built up on the slats that need to be removed with water.
For washing the wooden blinds, fill a quarter of a bucket with warm water. Do not mix any cleaning liquids in it as it may damage the wood. Dab a soft cotton rag in the water and wring it well before wiping in a swift motion along the slats. Do not wet the wood too much as it can leave spots on the blinds.
When you clean the slats, always start from top to bottom. Wipe both sides of the blind and make sure the wood is not too damp. Scrub harder on areas with stains in a circular motion. Once you are done the cleaning with a wet cloth, use a soft dry rag to wipe each slat individually to stop wrap and discolouration of the wooden blinds.
You can also vacuum your window blinds. A soft handheld vacuum cleaner can suck up dirt and dust well. If you regularly clean your window blinds, vacuuming is the easiest method. Make sure to use a soft brush with your vacuum cleaner as anything hard can risk scraping the wood. Vacuuming can easily save time with your cleaning.
Maintaining the shine
If your wooden blinds lack shine, you can mix a quarter cup of olive oil in a bowl of warm water before washing your blinds. This will bring back the lustre to your wooden blinds. However, it is recommended not to use olive oil on cracked blinds as it causes the oil to seep in a wrap your wood.
Commercial wood cleaners with lemon oil or wood preservatives can increase the shine of your wooden blinds without damaging them. However, it is important to wipe the blinds afterwards with a dry soft cloth to remove any traces of moisture.
Let your wooden blinds serve you better with a cleaner and shinier appearance.