How To Clean Wood Blinds

Posted on: 16 March 2016

Wood blinds can give any room in your house a warm, rustic look. They can also appear elegant when combined with the right décor elements, such as a sleek white or cream-colored couch or a luxurious, fluffy rug.

Although the cleaning process you'll use to clean wood blinds is similar to basic white vinyl blinds, there are a few specific things to keep in mind.

Here are a few tips for cleaning and maintaining wood blinds:

1. Keep your window coverings looking and performing their best by deep-cleaning them or removing any stubborn spots with a product designed for use on wood.

A few times a year, check the wood blinds for any spots or stains, such as grease marks in the kitchen or lotion or hairspray stains in the bathroom. Use the wood-cleaning product according to the manufacturer's label to remove these unsightly marks. You'll most likely need to spray or squirt the product on and work it into the wood using a soft cloth.

If the blinds are very dirty, you can take them down from the window and lay them on a sheet-covered floor or table so you can more thoroughly reach all of the grimy areas. Make sure to clean both sides. 

2. Dust the blinds on a daily basis to prevent dirt and debris from building up. It's easier to perform this simple maintenance on the regular rather than waiting until the dust collects and becomes difficult to remove.

You can dust the blind with a soft feather duster or a clean microfiber cloth, which is designed to attract small particles and debris. Use a long-handled duster to reach the tops of the blinds, or a step stool if need be.

Dust both sides of the wood blinds by adjusting the slats in both directions for a thorough cleaning. Move the duster or cloth in a horizontal, rather than vertical, motion to keep the dust contained and out of the air.

3. Polish the wood blinds with an oil soap designed for use on wood floors and other items. You can also use a mixture of ¼ cup of olive oil with ½ cup of warm water if you prefer an all-natural method.

Simply dab some of the oil mixture on a clean, soft cloth and rub it lightly over the dust-free blinds to create a polished sheen. Don't use too much or the blinds will appear greasy.  

Contact a blind company, like Spotless Shade & Blind CO, for more help.