Cleaning binds can be a frustrating job and a gross one too. You will be surprised of the amount of dirt or dust that can accumulate on them with time. A mixture of water or spray cleaner and this dust/dirt results in intolerable mud that can make your day even longer.
Wood blinds are unique and so are their cleaning ways. Wood blinds are usually unique and so are the ways they ought to be cleaned. The following are some of the best ways to clean wood blinds.
The method to use while cleaning your wood blinds will depend in the extent of the dirt on them. This can be categorized into mild dirt and extreme dirt.
Mild dirt is much easier to clean and it shouldn’t take you a lot of time to get it done. Prior to start your cleaning you need to lay an old blanket or sheet on the area underneath the blinds so that you can collect the debris falling off. Some of the best ways to clean mild dirt off your wood blinds include;
- By using a vacuum cleaner
- By using a fabric softener sheet
- By using a soft cloth and a cleaning product
- By using a microfiber duster or wool
Using a vacuum cleaner
A vacuum cleaner is effective in getting rid of the dirt on the slats of your wood blind. Take the brush extension and attach it to the hose and vacuum the slats one by one in a gentle manner.
Using a fabric softener sheet
While wearing gloves, pick a fabric softener sheet and rub it between your hands. The purpose for this is to limit the static when cleaning the blinds. After rubbing it in your hands, rub the hands carefully on each slat one-by-one until they are all clean.
Using a soft cloth and cleaning product
Most people use this method to clean their wood blinds but make the mistake of using cleaning products that are to be used on the floors, bathroom or kitchen. Also avoid using wax-based cleaning products. Place the soft cloth on the cleaning product so that it absorbs some of it and then use the cloth to wipe down the wood blinds.
Using a microfiber duster
The microfiber duster works in a way that it lifts the dust off the wood blinds. Run it on each slat and clean on both its upper and lower side. You can effectively clean the upper side by adjusting the slats to a downward angle and the lower side on the on the upward angle. Wool can also be used in place of the microfiber duster.
The above methods are the best ways to quickly clean your wood blinds as they are less demanding.
When cleaning extreme dirt the above ways may not be as effective. Some of the best ways to clean extreme dirt off your wood blinds include;
- Through the use of oil soap
- Through the use of soft-bristled paintbrush
- By dismounting the blinds
Using oil soap
Take the oil soap and mix it with a bucket of water as per the instructions from the manufacturer. Using a soft cloth apply the solution onto the both sides of the slats until you are satisfied they are clean. You can do it on one side and then reverse their direction so as to clean the other side.
Using a soft-bristled brush
Using soft-bristled brushes, preferably a paintbrush, also works. Dub the brush in fabric softer and remove any excess on it by rubbing it on a clean rag. Using the now damp brush, wipe it across the blinds so as to collect the dust there. When the brush becomes saturated with dust clean it and continue with the wiping until the blinds are clean.
Dismounting the blinds
Sometimes dismounting the blinds becomes necessary if one is to effectively clean them. It is a recommended measure when you cannot effectively reach the area you want to clean. Holding on to the blinds for support while cleaning them can easily bring them down. Dismounting can however prove to a challenge if you are dealing with heavy wood blinds. Once you have dismounted them, carefully arrange them on some old blanket or sheet and then use wood cleaner and a soft rug to scrub the dirt off.
Once you are done cleaning your wood blinds they may not look as shiny. To bring out the shine, apply wood oil and give it time to soak into the wood. Also to prevent static after you re-hang your blind rub a dryer sheet across each slat once they are dry. Care should also be taken when hanging the blinds back on the window. Wood blinds are heavy and for your own safety you might need to call someone else to help you out.
You also ought to keep in mind the following tips when cleaning your wood blinds:
- Never try to clean you wood blinds by dipping them in water as wood will absorb moisture and curve or warp. Instead use a slightly damp cloth for any sticky or stubborn stains. Once you are through dry slats using a dry piece of cloth.
- Wood blinds collect dirt much faster than plastic or metal ones. Always clean them frequently to keep the dust build-up in check. This will make your cleaning work much easier next time you have to clean them. Cleaning them once a week should be enough to keep them clean.
Wood blinds may require just as much care and maintenance as your fine wood furniture. The porous nature of wood means that wet cleaning solutions can easily result in damages to its finish. To keep your wood blinds in great shape you will need to always have the above cleaning tips in mind. It is wise to do a thorough research or consult an expert if you are uncertain.