How to Clean Window Blinds

Cleaning your window blinds is important if you want to avoid dust build-up.  The UV rays of the sun can cause the dust on your blinds or shades to harden, making them really exhausting to clean.  Say goodbye to dust with these helpful techniques:

Wood Blinds: One thing to always remember with wood blinds is to NOT use water! It can cause your wood blinds to warp or discolor, and that is never fun. Take a clean dust cloth and wipe the dust off the slats for maintenance. If you want a really good clean, vacuum the blinds with soft bristle brush attachment on each side of the slats regularly to suck away dirt.

Pleated Shades: A dry sponge will be your best friend with these.  You can find one at a hardware store’s drywall section. It lifts away dust and dirt without using any chemicals that can stain your shades. Simply rub the dry sponge on the shades! It’s that easy. If the shades are too dirty, then a trip to the dry cleaners will do the trick.

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Aluminum Blinds: Take a lint-free towel and spray some all-purpose cleaner on it.  Make sure the curved side of the blinds are facing towards you and gently wipe downwards so you do not bend them. Reverse and do the same. For maintenance, simply dust the blinds with a lint-free towel.  If you do not have a lint-free towel, a sock will do a great job, too.

 

Cellular Shades: Most cellular shades do not require much cleaning, but a vacuum once in a while prevents dust build-up. If you need a better clean, use the dry sponge like the pleated shades.

These few extra steps will save you time and hassle in the long run.  Try including these techniques into your cleaning routine and let us know how much they have helped you.

Faux vs Wood Blinds

 Faux Wood vs Real Wood- difference

Deciding between faux vs wood blinds can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming. There are many different kinds of styles and materials, but the two most commonly used are faux wood and real wood blinds.

What are “faux” blinds, anyway?  Faux is a French word meaning imitation. They can resemble the look of real wood blinds in your home, but offer different benefits. Real wood blinds became popular in America since the Colonial times when fabric from Europe was expensive and heavily taxed.  Now it seems it is the other way around!

The choice to include faux wood or real wood blinds in your home depends on where you live and what characteristics you are looking for.  Here are some pros and cons of each to help you:

 Faux Wood vs Real Wood- faux wood blinds

Pros:

  • Look real – Most people cannot tell the difference unless you point it out.
  • Affordable – They are made from composites (like pressed wood boards), vinyl, or other kinds of materials, making them inexpensive to produce.
  • Easy to maintain – No need to worry about buying special cleaners or varnish! Just wipe clean with average cleaning solvents, or with simple soap and water.
  • UV Protection – Faux wood blinds offer 75 – 90% UV protection, keeping your furniture, window treatments, and art safe.
  • Do not warp or crack – Humidity and temperature will not tamper with the stability or look of the blinds, especially if they are vinyl.
  • Lightweight – Because they are less dense than real wood, faux wood blinds do great with spanning across large windows.

Cons:

  • Generic – The imprinted wood grains on faux wood blinds are all the same.  Nature is unique, and a factory is not.
  • Limited color – The special finish does not allow you to paint your blinds.  If your blinds are out of style and want to change them, you have to buy new ones.
  • Can break – If you have children or pets that mess with vinyl faux wood blinds, sometimes (because they are so thin) they can break or bend. 

 Faux Wood vs Real Wood- difference in real wood blinds

Pros:

  • Elegant – Wood gives the space a warm ambiance and elegant look.  Easy way to spruce up a room without a big effort.
  • Change of look – Tired of seeing the same boring white wood blinds?  Paint or stain them!  The beauty of these blinds is you can paint or stain them whichever color you wish to be included in any design.
  • Unique – Nature’s unique work of art will create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind grains into each slat.

Cons:

  • Expensive – Not only are they expensive to buy (depending on the wood), but they are also expensive to maintain! You cannot clean real wood blinds with just soap and water, you have to buy a special solvent or else they will warp.
  • Warping and cracking – Warm temperatures expand wood, while cold temperatures contract wood, sometimes causing the wood to crack or warp.  This is especially evident with less expensive types of wood.
  • Heavy – Large windows with real wood blinds can be heavy and sometimes are difficult to raise and lower.  The stress can sometimes break the inner chords.

These two contenders are great options for your home.  Keep these benefits and drawbacks in mind before you buy. If you have children or pets that can damage to your blinds, or you do not have time to maintain your blinds, then the more affordable and maintenance-free faux wood blinds would be best.  If your home needs a more stylish, and warm look, then real wood is the one for you.

Remember to get your blinds just in time for Thanksgiving with Blinds On Time’s fall sale! It ends Sunday at midnight.