Wood blinds are beautiful and are one of the first things that people notice when they walk into your home. They can also be a challenge when it comes to the task of cleaning them. Cleaning wooden or faux wood blinds keeps the dust off so they look their best. With a few simple cleaning techniques, you won’t work up a sweat while cleaning your wood blinds.
With regular cleaning, dust will not build up making each cleaning quick and easy. You can get away with dusting your blinds about once per month (depending on how dusty your home gets), or just dust whenever you see a layer of dust start to form.
For a quick dust, tilt the slats down and dust with your favorite furniture dusting tool.
For a more thorough cleaning wipe each slat with a soft cloth. Do not use water, solvents or abrasive solutions to clean the blind. This will cause damage to the blind. In very dusty environments, use a non-wax furniture polish to clean the blinds.
You can clean the blind hanging in place or you can take it down. By tilting the slats down, but not quite closed, you’ll be able to clean most of the top surface of each slat.
Some useful cleaning tools for cleaning both wood and faux wood blinds are dust mitts or magnet dusters made of wool or microfiber. Place an old sheet or newspaper on the floor below the window to catch runaway dust particles. Dryer sheets can also come in handy to rub against your cleaning tool so that dust sticks to the tool’s surface better.
Regardless of what you use, check with the manufacturer and test in an inconspicuous spot first to make sure it doesn’t damage your blinds. Keep your wood blinds clean and they will last and look beautiful for many years.
Graber Wood Blinds
Not all rooms are created equal especially when it comes to window treatments. Throughout recent years, wood blinds have been very popular because of their elegance. Wood blinds have a higher investment level, so manufacturers started making faux wood blinds to get the same look for less. With both of these blinds available in the market today, consumers might find it hard to choose between the two. Today we’ll help you make the decision somewhat easier by pointing out different things to factor in when choosing between wood, faux wood and composite faux wood blinds.
When it comes to price, faux wood blinds take the plum. Wood blinds are more expensive because wood is more expensive than PVC (vinyl), which is what faux wood blinds are made of. There is also a product in between wood and PVC – composite faux wood – which is made of both wood and PVC. Composite offers superior slat stability and looks more like wood than standard PVC. It is priced right in the middle between wood and PVC.
Weight is another factor you should look into when picking between wood blinds and faux wood blinds. PVC faux wood blinds are heaviest, followed by composite, and then wood. If you will be covering a very wide window, wide slats made from composite faux wood or real wood will not be prone to bowing.
Faux wood blinds are designed to look like real wood, but the wood grain patterns are not as natural looking as the real thing. Painted colors such as whites and off whites offer a closer look to real wood blinds, and composite faux woods look and feel even more like wood. With wood blinds, the natural stain of the wood and the pattern will be more unique. If you prefer the look of wood, think about real wood blinds in living and dining rooms and save money with faux wood blinds in other areas of your home.
Consider the use and style of the room you are decorating when selecting between wood and faux wood. If the room for example is decorated with authentic natural wood furnishings, it only makes sense that you use real wood blinds. Faux wood blinds are a natural for bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. They are moisture-resistant, won’t scratch, chip, or fade and are perfect for high moisture areas.
Wood blinds and its faux counterparts offer great variety in color and application for any room in your home.