How To Clean Wooden Blinds Without Chemicals
If you have wooden blinds in your home, then you’ll know that each day is a fight to keep them dust free. Luckily it’s easy to clean wooden blinds and keep them in top condition.
As wood naturally absorbs moisture, you will want to stay away from liquids including water. By doing so, you’ll keep your blinds from expanding or warping and so they’ll last longer.
Also as many blinds on the market have been treated or finished with special stains and varnishes, using water and other liquid products may affect the finish, causing it to streak and peel.
Cleaning with a duster
The most common and simplest way to clean blinds is to use a duster. You probably have a feather duster somewhere in a cupboard too! If you don’t a dry cloth will work just as well.
Start by wiping down the blinds working with the natural flow of the slates. Then you’ll want to open and close the slates, in the opposite direction. Again wipe them downwards.
If you’re looking for a new duster then consider one made from Ostrich feathers. They’re naturally electro-statically charged and so attracts and holds more dust particles. You’ll clean wooden blinds quicker and need to do it less often.
Deep clean with a duster
Start by opening your blind and clean the top of each slat by running the duster across the slat, starting at the centre and working outwards. Next, close the blind and open in the opposite direction to clean the underside of the slats.
Cleaning with a vacuum cleaner
If your vacuum cleaner has a low power setting then you can use this mode with a soft brush attachment to clean wooden blinds. It’s worth noting that a normal vacuum cleaner setting will be too powerful and may, in fact, cause damage.
With your vacuum cleaner in one hand, open your blind, and take a slat in the other hand. Carefully run the brush over the slat. Close the blind and open to expose the other side and repeat.
You’ll want to use a chair or stool if you can’t easily reach the upper slats as you’re likely to cause damage if you start waving the vacuum cleaner hose around!
You could remove the blind and lay it on the floor. Place them on an old blanket or towel, to protect them and your floor from damage.
Banish stubborn stains!
While using a dry cloth or duster will remove most dust and marks, for the most stubborn you’ll need to use a small amount of liquid.
You’ll want to rub stains with a slightly damp cloth until the mark starts to disappears. Be careful not to use a lot of force or a chemical-based cleaning solution as both may result in damage. When the stain has been banished, clean with a dry cloth while removing any remaining moisture.
Use gloves when cleaning blinds
If you decide to clean with a cloth, duster or slat cleaner, then try wearing a cotton glove or an old sock. Either will enable you to hold the blind steady whilst effectively cleaning.
Getting a shiny finish
If your wooden blinds are in top condition with no warping or cracks then you can mix either lemon oil or olive oil with warm water. Remember to only slightly damper your cloth and wipe any excess moisture off the slates when you’re finished.
So what are your tips for cleaning wooden blinds?