How do I Clean and Make Wood Blinds Look Like New?

9 Jan

How do I Clean and Make Wood Blinds Look Like New?

Under ideal conditions, wooden window blinds offer long-lasting great looks and durability. Keep these blinds in top shape by dusting them often. A wax-free furniture polish used only once in a while will keep these blinds seeming like new as long as you wash them regularly.

Dust Frequently

Dust the blinds each couple weeks, or if you notice dust. Shut the blinds in 1 direction, then rub them down, working away from the top to the bottom. This helps prevent dust from falling onto areas you’ve already cleaned. Dust the blinds using a feather duster or a soft lint-free fabric. You may also use a set of white cotton gloves or even a vintage cotton sock placed over your own hand. Shut the blinds in the contrary direction to expose the other side; wipe them down a second time.

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming the blinds, windowsill and the frame inside and about the window occasionally gets dirt you can’t always see. Lift or position the blinds so that you have access to the inner window region and vacuum each nook and corner using the crevice tool. Vacuum the window screen as well, particularly when you leave the window accessible from time to time. Utilize the upholstery brush attachment when vacuuming the window screen. Vacuum the blinds using the upholstery brush as well, focusing on the upper places where large amounts of dust may build up, such as the rod or bar that holds the blind structure together.

Minimize Moisture-Based Cleaning

If the blinds look dirty rather than dusty, they might need to be cleaned with only a little water. Wet a soft lint-free cloth and wring out the majority of the moisture. Examine the slats one at a time, rinsing the cloth often. Wipe each slat dry after wet cleaning it to help stop the wood from absorbing moisture, which might distort, discolor or warp the thin wood. If you believe one area demands a more intensive spot treatment, apply a tiny dab of a petroleum soap or other wood-cleaning soap to a damp cloth, then wipe the region, and rub it again with a fresh damp cloth. Pat or wipe the area dry instantly afterwards. Don’t wash the blinds often with water or moisture, as this may affect the thin protective coating on the wood.

Polish Once in a While

When the blinds look a bit duller than they did when they were new, dust them thoroughly, and polish them using a non-wax furniture polish or wood oil. Apply the polish to a soft fabric rather than directly onto the wood slats, then rub the polish over each slat. Wipe them gently using a brand new soft cloth to remove excess polish. Shut the blinds in the opposite direction and polish the other side as well

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