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Jan 07, 2016Proper Care of Natural Wood Blinds and Shutters by Curtain Call Creations

Natural wood shutters require special cleaning in order to prevent damage. You cannot clean them using the same method you would other blinds. Additionally, wood blinds should be cleaned more frequently than metal or plastic as they attract more dirt and dust.

Dusting

Add weekly dusting of your wood blinds to your cleaning routine. Start by closing your blinds. Using a feather, microfiber or wool duster, gently sweep side to side. Avoid brushing upward so that you don't unhook or damage your blinds. Some prefer to vacuum blinds. This is acceptable for wood blinds, but only if you use a soft brush attachment.

Spot and Stain Removal

If you notice stains or spots, try to rub them off with a paper towel. If that doesn't do the trick, use a small amount of wood cleaner like Murphy's Oil Soap. Be sure to thoroughly dry your blinds as soon as you've gotten the spot off. Whatever you do, don't use water, vinegar or other liquids on wood blinds. Liquids, especially chemical cleaners, can warp and discolor the wood.

Deep Cleaning & Prevention

For thorough cleaning, wipe each slat with a soft, dry cloth. To help reduce the amount of dust and dirt your wood blinds accumulate, you can gently rub them with a fabric softener sheet. Be sure to wear gloves when you do this. Rubbing them with a fabric softener sheet will also remove any dirt that's present.

Natural wood blinds are stunning and well worth the upkeep. With proper care, your wood blinds will have a very long lifetime.