Wooden blinds bring a classic, rustic beauty to the windows in the house. Proper cleaning of blinds will bring shine and increase durability over time.
Curtains are not only accessories to block the harsh sun and create privacy, but also contribute to the aesthetics and beauty of the windows in each room. Besides fabric curtains, plastic blinds, metal curtains, wooden blinds are very popular because of their classic, rustic beauty and high durability. However, you need to clean them regularly to make them look clean and beautiful, avoiding the situation that dirt builds up in a thick layer over time that will be difficult to remove. In particular, in the kitchen, the curtain must be cleaned more often because of the grease during the cooking process and splashes on the curtain surface.
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Today, Hay House will guide you through the simple and effective steps of cleaning wooden blinds.
You need to prepare:
– Cleaning agent for wooden furniture
– Preservative solution, wood polish (optional)
– Shaving cream
– Specialized dust mop or vacuum cleaner
– Wipes clean with soft cloth
Step 1: Remove dirt
Dusting is an important first step when cleaning wooden blinds. If you don’t remove the dirt on each side of the wooden slats (curtain leaves), you will only make the cleaning process more dirty later.
First, close the blinds so that they are flat against the window. Standing on a ladder or sturdy chair, using a dedicated duster or vacuum cleaner, start from top to bottom, left to right. Slowly move down the curtain, focusing on each individual slat. You may need to manually lift the bar to fully clean the surface.
Turn the curtain leaf in the opposite direction to touch the other side of the slat and repeat the same way as above. While dealing with the dust on the blinds, don’t forget the top area of the curtain and also the window sill.
Step 2: Wipe with a specialized solution
You cannot use ordinary water to clean natural wood materials. Instead, choose to buy a specialized cleaner for wooden furniture, not only for blinds but also for cleaning tables, chairs, cabinets, wooden floors, … later.
Always read the instructions on the product label carefully. Most of them can be used straight from the bottle, some are concentrated and need to be diluted with a little water.
Pour the recommended amount of solution into a small bowl or bucket. Dip a soft microfiber cloth in the solution and wring it out thoroughly to prevent dripping.
Starting from the top, wipe with a cloth soaked in solution on each curtain leaf. Note, for each curtain leaf that is wiped with a solution, it will be immediately wiped with a dry towel to absorb excess moisture. Change the direction of the curtain leaf and do the same.
When you notice that the solution in the bowl is dirty, replace it with a new one and continue cleaning all the wooden slats.
Step 3: Use preservative, polish wood
Blinds after a long time of use, direct exposure to dust, air and intense sunlight will begin to dull or fade. You can use lemon oil or wood polish to make the blinds shiny again. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the sticker and carefully apply it to both sides of the slats, making sure to avoid hardware and curtain zippers so they don’t stain.
Step 4: Clean the zipper part of the blinds
The part that adjusts the blinds is also known as the ladder rope. They can get dirty from dust, grease or your own hands. To clean the ladder, spray a little shaving cream onto a clean white cloth. Grab the ropes with a cloth and apply gently vertically, rubbing gently until they are completely clean, no need to rinse with water.