Wooden blinds are the hottest commodity in the field of window blinds. They come in various colours, designs and materials. These are known for their value to interior decorations. They carry an all natural look and provides desirable warmth to the rooms. They can be used in rooms with modern appearances or in classic style homes. Choice of wooden blinds can be made on the existing home décor. There are slats in these blinds that can be easily controlled to provide desired lights and heat within the rooms. Installation of the wooden blinds can be made from inside the window casing or outside. Settings of the blinds depend on their sunlight control mechanism. There are chords attached with the blinds. Using these chords you can adjust the opening and closing as well as angles of slats in the wooden blinds. Some latest designs of blinds also come with remote control mechanism. Most homeowners like to use wooden blinds coupled with curtains.
There are basically two varieties of wooden blinds: vertical and horizontal. While the vertical blinds open and close at the centre of the piece, the horizontal blinds can be closed top to bottom. One of the problems with wooden blinds is that they should be maintained well. Though wooden blinds are known for their longevity, but this can be enhanced with regular maintenance. Slats of the wooden blinds can accumulate grime and dust quite quickly. You can clean them with vacuum cleaners. The vacuum cleaner should have brush attachments. Some designs of wooden blinds allow slats to be removed easily. These slats can be washed gently in soapy warm water. But before you start cleaning the blinds make sure you have read through the manufacturer’s instructions. There are varying qualities of material used on the blinds. While some varieties are water resistant others can corrode when exposed to water. So read through the manual in details.
While vacuuming the wooden blinds make sure that the face of the slats are facing only in one direction. There should be horizontal motion in the cleaners using brush attachments. Start cleaning these blinds from the top and operate initially in a small area. Take small areas and clean them minutely before moving over to the rest. Once you have cleaned one side of the blind make sure to flip the face so that the other side is cleaned effectively as well.
Some homeowners also use a damp cleaning cloth which is dipped into wood polish. Quantity of water used in this instance is very little. If the wooden blinds are unfinished then you should refrain from the use of water or polish. In other instances, close the wooden blinds before cleaning them. Wipe gently with the cloth and when this cloth gets dirty use the other side so that there is no dirt passed over. If there are some stains on the face of the wooden blinds then it would serve you well to take a read through the manual and understand the process of removing such a stain.
With the help of these simple steps you will be able to clean and maintain the wooden blinds effectively and make sure they last long.