What Is the Easiest Way to Clean Wooden Blinds?

By Kay Dean

  • Overview

    Whether they are made of light wood or dark, or have distressed or glazed finishes, wooden blinds add a depth of warmth and richness to any room. They also represent an investment for the homeowner. Caring for wooden blinds will prolong their beauty and life. Though they are made from real wood, cleaning these blinds requires only a few products and takes just a few easy steps.
    • Step 1

      Dust the wooden blinds using a clean feather duster, lambs-wool duster or clean cloth. You can also use magnetic cleaning cloths, like those made by Swiffer. Extend the blinds fully, close the slats and dust the blinds completely. Then reverse the position of the slats and dust again.
    • Step 2

      Vacuum the blinds and mechanisms. Extend the blinds fully and close the slats. Using a vacuum with an upholstery attachment, vacuum the top of each slat. Then reverse the slats and vacuum again. Run the upholstery attachment up the strings and across the mechanisms.


    • Step 3

      Use a wood-cleaning spray, like Pledge. The blinds may be left in place to clean or taken down. If you leave them in place, tilt them at a 45-degree angle. Spray the wood cleaner onto a clean cloth and wipe both sides of each slat. If they are taken down, spread a sheet or towel under the blinds. Then spray each blind with the wood cleaner and wipe with a clean cloth. Re-hang the blinds.
    • Step 4

      Clean the wood blinds to remove grimy dirt. You can leave the blinds hanging or remove them and lay down on a flat surface. Dilute wood cleaner (like Murphy's Oil Soap) according to the directions. Dampen a clean towel and wipe both sides of a slat; use another towel to dry the slat. To reduce the amount of time the wooden slat is damp, dry and clean one slat before moving to the next one.
    • Step 5

      Restore the natural moisture to the wooden blinds. Use a clean cloth and wipe each slat on both sides with lemon oil or another wood preservative. Replace the cloth if it becomes grimy. Polish with a dry cloth to restore the luster.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • Feather duster
    • Lambs-wool duster
    • Magnetic dusting cloth
    • Vacuum
    • Wood-cleaning spray
    • Clean cloths
    • Sheet or towel (optional)
    • Murphy's Oil Soap
    • Lemon oil or wood preservative
    • Warning:
    • Never use water on wooden blinds, as it will warp the wood. Using chemical solvents or performing ultrasonic cleaning will also damage the blinds.
    • Incorrect cleaning can void certain manufacturers' warranties. If your blinds are still under warranty, check with the company's website before using any chemicals on them.

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