Wooden Venetian Blinds are a very stylish, practical option for a home. They’re easy to install, and can either completely black out the sun or adjust to let in just the right amount without compromising on privacy – the opaque wooden slats see to that. However, as anyone who’s already got a set could tell you, they can gather dust at an alarming rate!
Fortunately, there are some simple, effective methods of caring for and cleaning your blinds that won’t damage them, and that you can do in a few minutes – so you can go back to enjoying the ambience your wooden blinds are creating!
Before you begin cleaning, you should first check if you can use certain chemicals or materials on your blinds. If in doubt, give us a call and check with our team about what you can use on your blinds, but most wooden venetian blinds are very durable and easy to clean, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble.
Handy Tools For Maintaining Wooden Blinds
When it comes to cleaning tools, there are plenty of options for you to choose from, so find the one that suits you best – the ideal candidate will be easy to use, deliver fast results, and provide you with a smooth, efficient clean to your blinds. Here are a few options to think about!
Quick, efficient, and found in basically every house, a duster can quickly spruce up your blinds. They might not be best suited to a deep-clean, but a stitch in time saves nine, and they’re great for regular maintenance. As a bonus, they’re available almost everywhere and don’t cost much.
Containing small fibres that trap dust, these cloths can be used dry or with a cleaning product to provide more of a deep clean. They’re also reusable and can last a number of years before needing to be replaced, although they may not be suitable for pets – check before use!
Guests about to arrive when you notice dust on the blinds? Desperate times make for desperate measures. In a pinch, a clean sock can be used in place of a cloth. Simply place the sock over your hand and run it over the slats, and hey presto! Dust-free blinds.
Another great option for if you have nothing else handy, dryer sheets can be used for gathering dust as particles easily stick to them.
A Dry Sponge
Much like microfibre cloths, dry sponges easily attract dust and can help to remove stubborn marks from wooden blinds in a quick and easy way. They also fit perfectly between the slats, making this a handy tool to have, and for added convenience, you’ve almost definitely got one under the sink right this second.
These can be purchased via any local DIY or home store, and have three prongs to help maximise your cleaning time. Each prong has a microfibre cloth that easily cleans dust and stains from your wooden blinds.
Prepare The Space
Once you have the right tools, you can prepare your blinds and the surrounding areas for cleaning. The easiest way to clean Venetian Wooden Blinds is by keeping them in place at your window. Moving the blind unit or removing it completely from the wall isn’t necessary (and is a bit too much effort just to clean the blinds anyway), and can send dust flying everywhere in the room, so just leave them where they are!
In order to prepare your space, remove any objects such as vases or picture frames that you may have on your window ledges.
How To Clean Your Wooden Venetian Blinds
If you do decide to remove your blinds in order to clean them, we don’t recommend soaking them in water. Doing so can warp the wood and change the shape and colour of the slats entirely! The same can be said for harsh chemicals – always ensure you can use your chosen products on your blinds and never soak them in chemicals such as bleach, which can cause discolouration and ruin your beautiful Wooden Venetian Blinds.
When cleaning, first ensure that there are no dirt marks or stains. If you can visibly see some, remove these with a damp cloth or sponge. Once the mark or stain is removed, dry the area completely, then you can tackle the dust on the rest of the slats. If you’re using a duster or a sponge, you’re likely to reach most of the dust without too much hassle, but if you’re using wipes, always pull the string and clean the underside of the slats on your blinds.
How To Care For Wooden Venetian Blinds
Caring for your Wooden Venetian Blinds doesn’t have to be a chore. Simply cleaning as instructed above can help you care for your blinds and keep them looking great all year round. However, if you’d like to give your wooden blinds an extra shine, use a small amount of wood cleaner and buff the slats in order to make them gleam.
Alternatively, you can purchase special wood preserver and oils from major online retailers that can help preserve colour and shine from sun damage. Again, simply buff a small amount into the slats one by one and enjoy. The process shouldn’t take too long, and may only need to be done every one-two years in order to preserve your blinds. If in doubt, give us a call – we’re always happy to help our customers keep their blinds looking great!
Looking For More Help With Your Wooden Blinds? Contact Expression Blinds Today!
If you need professional advice for your blinds, or you’ve got any questions or problems, just pick up the phone and give Expression Blinds a call today on 0161 241 9686 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or send us an instant message at any time using the Contact Us page on this site if you want to get in touch!
If it’s time for new blinds, you can also arrange a free, no-obligation blinds fitting consultation with one of our expert fitters, who can discuss all your options and take the precise measurements needed to make sure you get the perfect blinds set for your room. Get in touch today!