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How to Clean Wooden Blinds

How to Clean Wooden Blinds

Knowing how to clean your wooden blinds is essential to making them last for years to come. Plus, it helps you with keeping your window dressings pristine.

Depending on their indoor environment, blinds are often exposed to dust, grease, pollen, and bacteria, as well as strong UV rays from the outdoors. Wooden blinds are especially prone to dust due to the slats lying horizontally. However, getting them to look good as new again couldn’t be easier.

Whether you’re looking for the best way to clean wooden blinds, how to clean wooden blinds with tapes, or how to clean wooden blinds without taking them down, we cover it all in our comprehensive guide.

What is the best way to clean Wooden Blinds?

The easiest method for cleaning wooden blinds is to dust them frequently as part of your regular cleaning routine! Simply open the slats and run a soft feather duster or microfibre cloth along each one.

Keeping on top of any dust will keep your blinds looking new and prevent any build-up of dirt. For more tips on thoroughly dusting your blinds keep reading!

How do you keep Wooden Blinds dust free?

Regularly dusting your wooden venetian blinds has many fantastic benefits. It not only keeps them in prime condition but can also improve the air quality in your home and reduce allergens.

Follow our step-by-step guide below to find out how to dust wood blinds:

  • Start with the slats closed and the blind fully lowered.
  • Going from top to bottom, lightly wipe or dust in a downwards motion so as not to catch or push any of the slats in a direction they are not intended to move.
  • Now, open the slats and rotate them in the opposite direction so that they are fully closed again but with the other side of the slats facing you.
  • This time you should lightly wipe or dust in an upwards motion.
  • If you want to be more thorough with your cleaning, we suggest lowering the blind fully and opening them, so they sit horizontally. This time use your duster or microfibre cloth to wipe each slat individually. It’s best to start from the middle of each slat and work out to each side as opposed to going from one side to the other.

How to clean dirty wooden blinds?

How to Clean Wooden Blinds

If your wooden blinds need more than a light dusting, you need to work harder to get them looking new again. If you need to give your blind a more thorough clean then don’t worry, we have you covered! Our step-by-step guide below will tell you exactly how to clean heavily soiled wooden blinds.

  • Begin by using a duster or microfibre cloth to wipe away any surface dust as outlined above.
  • If you can spot clean then start by using a soft, damp cloth to remove any dirt from the slats. Make sure you wring out your cloth thoroughly, so no water is left on the slats themselves.
  • If you need to clean the whole blind, then follow the steps above on how to keep your wooden blinds dust free. This time use a damp cloth to wipe each slat instead of your dry cloth or duster.
  • Make sure to rinse and wring out your cloth regularly to ensure you’re not moving dirt or grime around on the slats.

As mentioned, we advise that you try your best to ensure that you do not soak the blind with water. Pay particular attention to the very ends of the slats which often don’t have any paint or coating covering them. This means they will be more susceptible to water which may result in your blind warping over time.

If you do notice some excess water or moisture left on the slats then dry it off with a clean, dry cloth.

We also advise leaving the window behind your blind open for 2-3 hours to ensure it dries fully!

How to clean faux wooden blinds

Good News: your faux wood blinds can be cleaned exactly like real wood blinds. Just follow the step-by-step guides above. As faux wood blinds are made from PVC, they are not susceptible to water. However, we still advise to only use a damp, well wrung out microfibre cloth when cleaning with a gentle detergent or warm soapy water.

Should you take your wooden blinds down to clean them?

It’s much easier to clean your wooden blinds while they’re hanging up. The only time we advise taking your blind down to clean it is if you need to get into the blind’s headrail. This would only happen in the rare case that your blind gets jammed. This may happen if it has been left in the same position, in a mucky environment for a long period of time. This can cause a build-up of dirt or grime on the mechanisms which will then need cleaned. Unless this is the case, there isn’t much benefit in taking your wooden blind down to clean it. It won’t result in a more thorough clean, it will only make it more difficult.

How to clean wooden blinds with tapes

How to Dust Wooden Blinds

Are you wondering how to clean those tricky decorative tapes on your wooden blind? It’s simpler than you think!

Whilst the slats can be cleaned the same way as wooden blinds without tapes, the fabric tapes may need cleaned too as they are more prone to attracting dirt.

If you notice a few small marks on the tapes, then we advise spot cleaning these using one of the options below:

  1. Use a soft, damp cloth in clean water (no soap!) to gently wash off any marks. This is the first method you should try.
  2. If water alone fails to remove the mark, then we advise adding a small amount of mild, diluted washing detergent that you would normally use on delicate clothes.
  3. If you still can’t seem to remove any marks from the fabric, then you could try one of our more inventive solutions. Take a white pencil rubber and lightly rub the mark in question, this will often remove it.
  4. Please note, it is important that you use only a white rubber if you try this method. We also suggest that you spot-test the rubber in a discreet area of the tape to ensure it won’t discolour the fabric.

If spot cleaning just won’t cut it and the entire length of the tapes need cleaned, then take a fabric cleaning wipe or a damp cloth to clean them. Followed by a dry cloth to dry them off afterwards. Just follow the steps below:

  • First, lower the blind fully and open the slats horizontally.
  • Next, with your wipe or damp cloth you can wipe the tape gently in one direction or blot over the tape until clean, being careful to support the back of the tape with one hand.
  • Then, use your dry cloth to blot off any moisture left on the tapes.
  • Once again, we advise that once you have finished cleaning the blind and tapes that you leave the window behind open for 2-3 hours. This allows the blind to fully dry.

How to clean white wooden blinds that have turned yellow

If your white wooden blind has discoloured over the years and has turned that awful shade of yellow, don’t worry! We know how to make your wooden blinds look new again.

First, you need to determine the cause of discolouration, there are 3 main culprits:

  • Nicotine staining from cigarette smoke.
  • A build-up of grease and oil (usually from cooking if your blinds are in your kitchen)
  • Long term damage from UV rays and sun exposure.

The most common cause of yellow staining on wooden blinds is usually a build-up of grease or nicotine staining. These can be returned to their pristine white shade quite easily. Just follow our cleaning guides above to get them looking good as new!

If your wooden blinds have yellowed due to long term sun exposure unfortunately there isn’t much that can be done other than repainting the slats. This is more likely to be the case if you have an older wooden blind. Newer, modern wooden blinds are usually treated with specialist UV protection that is built into the surface. This means these should not discolour with sun exposure.

Tips for Cleaning Wooden Blinds

  • Use a non-acidic, gentle detergent.
  • White vinegar can also be used as an alternative to detergent, acting as a handy disinfectant!
  • You can use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment and light suction to remove dust from your blinds.
  • Remove any moisture or residue on the blind with a dry cloth or kitchen roll.
  • Leave your window open once you have cleaned your blinds to allow them to dry fully.
  • Always be careful when using water on real wooden blinds.
  • Dust your blinds regularly to keep them looking new!
  • Remove grease or oil marks by adding a splash of dish soap to your warm water.
  • Use rubber gloves when cleaning to avoid any skin irritation.

Our favourite product to clean wooden blinds

You don’t need any special tools to clean wooden blinds. Most of the supplies you need can be found around your home!

We recommend:

  • Microfibre cloths, one to clean and others to dry.
  • Warm, clean water.
  • Non acidic, gentle washing detergent.
  • Gentle washing up liquid, great for removing grease!
  • White vinegar (just a splash).