How to Clean Faux Wood Blinds Properly
If you want modern blinds, wooden blinds are the way to go. Faux wood blinds provide extra resistance to moisture, scratches and fading. To get the most out of your faux wood blinds, you need to maintain them regularly.
Faux wood blinds can discolor or stain over time. If you check on your blinds at least once a week, you’ll catch any signs of decline that you can fix. Here are some tips for how to clean your faux wood blinds.
Why It’s Important to Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds Frequently
Wooden blinds provide a modern look for your home. Faux wood blinds are lightweight and easy to clean. If you clean your blinds at least once a week, your blinds will look good. They’ll also do their job of providing privacy and protection for your living space.
Common Reasons Blinds Get Dirty
Since blinds are in the background, it’s easy to neglect taking care of them. Over time, dirt and debris can get on the wooden slabs of the blinds and cause discoloration.
Whether your blinds are in the kitchen or the living room, you may find debris from:
- Dust particles in the air
- Pet dander
- Skin cells
- Cooking grease
- Food particles
- Drink spills
How to Clean Dust off My Faux Wood Blinds
You should dust your faux wood blinds at least once a week. To dust your blinds, you can use:
- A feather duster
- A microfiber cloth
- A brush attachment from your vacuum
Wipe each side of the blinds in an across and down motion. Rub a dryer sheet over each wooden slat to prevent dust accumulation.
How to Clean Grime and Stains off My Faux Wood Blinds
Your faux wood blinds could develop grime and stains from grease, pet hair or particles in the air. Faux wood blinds in the kitchen are more prone to grime from food.
Here’s how to remove the grime from your faux wood blinds:
- Wipe the blinds with a microfiber cloth to remove loose dust and debris.
- Fill a bucket with warm water and a small amount of mild detergent. To clean faux wood blinds with
vinegar, pour white vinegar into a small bowl instead of using water.
- Make sure the blinds are completely closed.
- Remove the blinds from the windowsill.
- Starting from the top left corner of the blinds, wipe one slat at a time.
- When you come across a stubborn stain, scrub it with the cloth.
- After wiping every slat, flip the blinds over and wipe the other side.
- Dry both sides of the blinds with a dry cloth. Make sure you remove all moisture before you hang the
blinds back up.
- Wipe each side with a dryer sheet to guard against dust buildup.
How to Clean Faux Wood Blinds That Have Yellowed
Blinds go in front of windows to protect your home from sunlight glare. Over time, the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun could cause your blinds to turn yellow. Indoor pollutants like dust and cigarette smoke could also turn your faux wood blinds yellow.
You can restore the color of your blinds by washing them in a large tub of water. Here are the steps for how to clean blinds in the bathtub:
- Remove dust or debris from the blinds.
- Take the blinds off the window sill.
- Fill a bathtub with cold water and 2 or 3 cups of bleach.
- Completely submerge the yellowing blinds in the bath.
- Soak the blinds in the bath for 10 minutes.
- After soaking, wipe each slat with a cloth.
- Take the blinds out of the bath. Dry them with a towel or let them air dry.
- Put the blinds back on the window.
If you want to restore the color of your faux wood blinds, you could also apply a fresh coat of paint.
How to Deep Clean My Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds that have stains need extra attention. To deep clean your faux wood blinds, you may need to remove them from the windowsill and give them an extra scrub.
- Remove the blinds and lay them on an old sheet.
- Vacuum loose dust and debris.
- Mix a small amount of mild detergent into a bucket of warm water.
- After closing the blinds, wet a cloth with the detergent solution.
- Starting from the top left corner, scrub each slat across and down.
- Rinse the cloth often to make sure it stays clean.
- After you’ve finished one side, flip the blinds over and scrub the other side.
- Dry both sides of the blinds with a clean cloth.
- Wipe each side with a dryer sheet to guard against dust buildup before you hang the blinds back up.
How to Clean Wood Blinds Strings
When you clean your faux wood blinds, you should also clean the strings between the wood slats. If your blinds are in the kitchen, where food and drinks can spill, the pull cord could also develop grime. Take care of grime with these simple tips:
- Use shoe polish: To clean your blinds’ strings, put a little shoe polish on a dry rag. Wipe the strings with the rag until the grime and dust come off.
- Use shaving cream: Shaving cream works if you don’t have shoe polish or if the strings aren’t white. Squirt a small amount of shaving cream onto a cloth and rub the cord until it’s clean.
- Use bleach or an alternative: Take a plastic bag and create a mixture of 50% bleach and 50% water. Put the cord in the bag, close the bag with a clothespin, and leave it overnight. The pull cord will look brand new. You could also use a mixture of lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide if you don’t want to use bleach.
Maintaining Faux Wood Blinds
Remember to check your faux wood blinds as you clean the rest of your house. To prolong the life of your faux wood blinds, you should clean them at least once a week. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for how to maintain your faux wood blinds.
You can maintain the appearance of your faux wood blinds by keeping them clean. Dirt and grime buildup can discolor your blinds and make them look old. You can wipe off the dust with a feather duster, a microfiber cloth or a vacuum brush. You can also use non-abrasive soap with warm water to clean the blinds. Make sure you completely dry the moisture before you hang up the blinds again.
Where to Buy Faux Wood Blinds
Our professionals at Allure Window Treatments have window treatment options for your home. Our custom wood and wood alternative blinds provide a clean, modern look for your home. Contact us today for an initial home consultation. For more information, you can call us at 215-463-0440.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Shani is the Marketing Director of Allure Window Treatments. She has over a decade of experience in the home improvement and window treatments industry.