Wood blinds add a timeless feel and a beautiful look to your home. However, just like any other window treatment, wood blinds need to be maintained and cleaned regularly so you can properly enjoy them. Although cleaning your blinds may seem tedious, with the right tips you’ll get the hang of it quickly. Cleaning your wood blinds every week will help improve the air quality in your home—which is essential for people with allergies—and keep your home looking spotless. Here are several helpful tips for cleaning your wood blind NYC.


Determine What Type of Wood Blinds You Have

You’ll use slightly different cleaning methods depending on what materials your blinds are made of. Before cleaning your wood blinds, it’s essential to determine if you have real wood blinds or faux wood blinds. Faux blinds are simply an imitation of the real thing; hence their name, and therefore look exactly like real wood blinds but are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl, or composite. For faux blinds, you can use almost any cleaner except for harsh cleaners. To clean real wood blinds it’s best to not get them wet to prevent damaging the finish. You should never soak faux wood blinds or real wood blinds in water.


Cleaning Wood Blinds

It’s ideal to clean your wood blinds frequently. Cleaning your blinds weekly will actually save you a lot of time since you won’t have to clean as deeply. 


Dust Your Blinds 

  • Use a cloth or feather duster 
  • If your wood blinds are very dusty, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment or dusting brush
  • Close your blinds
  • Run your cleaning device horizontally along each slat
  • Rotate your blinds and repeat this process on the other side


Apply Conditioner

Over time wood blinds fade and lose their color. Luckily this is an easy fix, applying lemon oil or conditioner to them will bring back their shine!


Wood Cleaner

Do your wood blind NYC have grime or dirt that just won’t come off? Try using a wood cleaner to remove tough stains. Use a damp soft cloth to get the stains out. Make sure to wring out the cloth before using it so that you don’t damage your blinds.


Cleaning Faux Wood Blinds

Faux blinds require regular dusting. If you have faux blinds in your kitchen, you should also wipe them down every so often to keep them looking clean since they tend to collect a lot of grease and grime.


Dust Your Blinds

  • Dust your blinds weekly
  • Use a cloth, feather duster, or vacuum with an upholstery attachment or dusting brush
  • Close your blinds
  • Run your duster or vacuum horizontally along each slat
  • Rotate the blinds and repeat this process on the other side


Use a Cleaning Solution

  • Create a gentle cleaning solution using water and liquid dish soap; you can use a vinegar solution instead, with one part vinegar and one part water
  • Dip a soft cloth into the mixture, then squeeze the excess liquid out
  • Never soak your blinds in water


Cleaning Automated Wood Blinds

Do you have automated wood blinds? Just like every other window treatment, automated blinds need to be cleaned as well. To clean them, first, use your remote to close the slats. Then dust one side of the slats using a duster or vacuum with an upholstery attachment or dusting brush. Use your remote to rotate the blinds and repeat this process on the other side. Make sure to clean automated blinds regularly. 

Dusting and cleaning your window blinds once a week will improve the air quality in your home. This will also help reduce your workload since you won’t have to do a deep cleaning every time you clean your blinds. If you clean your wood blinds often and they still appear to be dirty or stained, then it may be time for you to purchase new blinds. Royal Window Treatments can help you choose new custom blinds for your windows. Our designers can answer any of your questions, inform you of the pros and cons of wood blind NYC and faux wood blinds, and help you select the best fit for you.