My window blinds need to be cleaned, and that's one task I despise more than anything. It will take a lot of time and is tedious. Nothing is more upsetting than noticing dirt, dust, or pet hair on the blinds. However, we cannot continue to ignore them; eventually, we must deal with it. The task of cleaning your blinds should not be too challenging, thankfully. Actually, it's much simpler than you may imagine. Continue reading to find out more about the various blind-making materials, how to maintain them, and how to clean your blinds without taking them down.
How to clean white faux wood blinds
Regarding cost, adaptability, aesthetics, and ease of maintenance, faux wood blinds may be the greatest type of blinds overall.
In order to demonstrate how to easily clean faux wood blinds, depending on what kind of condition they're in, I've actually brought people here today for this latter purpose. For the most part, this entails cleaning them without pulling them down, but this is primarily a question of preference.
How to quickly and effectively clean imitation wood blinds when they are only lightly dirty
If dusting is a regular part of your cursory clean every other day or so, you may simply give your blinds a quick once-over with a microfiber or other antistatic duster while you clean the rest of the place. To do this, close the slats and dust the entire surface while moving from top to bottom. Then, open the blind and turn the slats completely in the opposite direction before repeating the process, moving this time from bottom to top.
One thing to keep in mind is that cleaning is not always enough to maintain faux wood blinds in the bathroom or kitchen due to the potential for cooking oils and other substances to adhere to the blinds or to moisture in the air.
Cleanup instructions for stained or soiled faux wood blinds
You must first decide whether to take down the faux wood blinds or leave them up if you want to learn how to remove stained or dirty faux wood blinds. Many people believe that pulling them down will allow you to clean them more thoroughly, but in most cases, hanging blinds can be cleaned just as well as ones that have been soiled or stained.
As an alternative to taking down your imitation wood blinds, here's how to clean them:
To get rid of any stray dirt, dust the blind.
Before you start to catch drips & splashes, prepare a bowl or 1/2 bucket of cool water that has been diluted with washing detergent or another similar liquid, and lay a towel on the window itself. While imitation wood blinds are resistant, if you get them too wet while hanging, all you'll do is create a mess and significantly delay the clean-up process. Use a towel or towel with this that has been wrung out instead of dripping wet.
Close the blind for all the way down.
Clean each slat of the blind the with a sponge or cloth, beginning with the top and ending at the bottom. When you're done, turn the slats completely around in the opposite manner and repeat the cleansing, but this time simply from bottom to top.
Any difficult stains or spots can be scrubbed or rubbed away, but avoid using anything too abrasive or powerful, such as a wire brush, as this could harm the blind's finish. Once finished, wash the blind with just a clean cloth or towel, and ideally allow the window open for a time to let some fresh air in.
How to use tapes to clean faux wood blinds
The only significant difference between cleaning imitation wood blinds with cords and tapes is that you should keep from getting the tape themselves too wet because the cloth will absorb water. Typically, ladder tapes only need to be dusted off along with the fabric of the blinds or even cleansed with the appropriate vacuum cleaner attachment.
You can also use a light hand washing detergent solution made for sensitive textiles or a fabric cleansing wipe to spot-clean imitation wood blind ladder tapes, but be careful to avoid discoloring the fabric or leaving watermarks. Before you start tackling the tape in earnest, do this on a discrete, small region of the tape.
If the faux wood blind climbing tape isn't dirty or soiled, you can even wipe them with a remove, white cloth bathed in distilled water. Support the back side of the tapes with your hand as you wipe or clean them to prevent stretching the cloth.
How to clear strings on imitation wood blinds
You can typically remove filth and debris from faux wood blind strings by rubbing them over many times with a moist cloth dipped in a detergent solution. Since we frequently place our muddy mitts here when working the blind, the string will typically only be visibly soiled at the very bottom. Even imitation wood blind strings may be cleaned with shaving foam; splash some onto a cleaned, white cloth and massage it over the soiled areas to remove dirt all at once without having to rinse it off. One word of caution: make sure the shaving foam is white before using it. Some colored shaving foams (often offered in purples, blues, and other colors for ladies) may mark the strings before it foams & cause discoloration.
Find a can of clear shoe polish that is either exactly or somewhat close to the same color as the faux wood blind thread to restore the color or cover stains that won't go away. Then, simply wait for it to dry after applying a drop of it to clean cloth and wiping it over the strand to recolor it.
How to Use Vinegar to Clean Faux Wood Blinds
Blinds installed in your washroom and kitchen can become fairly contaminated. A solution of one part cool water and one part white vinegar can be used to clean your blinds. Gloves are good options for the hand protection.
Avoid these Cleaning Techniques for Faux Wood Blinds
Some people might advise cleaning your imitation wood blinds in the bathtub or with water. For a number of reasons, we would never advise doing this.
- First, water can harm your blinds' interior workings. Your blinds will begin to malfunction if internal components start to rust, and they can even stop working altogether.
- Second, some would assert the faux wood blinds won't warp when exposed to moisture. This is accurate, but only in typical situations. It is undoubtedly true that imitation wood blinds are frequently chosen for rooms like the kitchen since they can withstand increased humidity and moisture levels. Faux wood blinds are far more moisture resistant than real wood, but that doesn't mean you should soak it in the tub. Although not necessarily fully submerged in water, they are made to endure some moisture.
- Thirdly, if you expose your blinds to a lot of water, harsh chemicals, or cleaning agents, they could become discolored.
Upkeep of Faux Wood Blinds
As you cleaned the rest of your home, don't forget to inspect your faux wood blinds. You should clean your faux wood blinds at most once a week to increase their lifespan. For instructions on how to care for your imitation wood blinds, consult the manufacturer.
By keeping your imitation wood blinds clean, you can preserve their beauty. Your blinds may become discolored and appear dated due to dirt and grime accumulation. The light duster, a microfiber cloth, or a vacuum brush can be used to remove the dust. The blinds can also be cleaned with warm water and non-abrasive soap. Before you hang the blinds back up, make sure the wetness is entirely dried off.