How to Clean Faux Wood Blinds

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Maybe you moved into a new home with dirty blinds, or your blinds have built up grime over months or years since you last gave them a thorough clean. If your faux wood blinds are looking a bit dusty, dirty, or smudged, you’re in luck, because they’re one of the easiest window coverings to clean! Faux wood is made of a composite wood-like material, which makes it water-safe and more durable than real wood.

How Do You Get Dust Off Faux Wood Blinds?

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This will likely be your most frequent cleaning task when it comes to your faux wood blinds. Dust your blinds weekly with a feather duster or a dry microfiber cloth. You can clean dusty blinds more easily by closing the blinds and running the duster or cloth over each slat and then working your way up and down and side to side. Open the blinds and close them again going in the opposite direction and repeat the process. To repel dust for the future, you can run a dryer sheet over the slats after you dust.

How to Clean Dirty Faux Wood Blinds

For blinds that require more attention than just a quick once-over with a microfiber cloth, the following steps can help. 

  1. Vacuum each slat to remove dust. (Use a soft brush attachment.)
  2. Mix lukewarm water and mild detergent. 
  3. Wipe slats with slightly damp microfiber cloth.
  4. Repeat on both sides of the slat.  
  5. Dry slats with a clean rag to prevent water spots.

This technique is especially helpful if the dust is too thick for a duster or microfiber cloth. It's also effective if you live in a humid climate where dust sticks to the blinds more easily.

How to Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds with Vinegar

gloved hand disinfecting blinds with vinegar

Blinds hung in places like your bathroom and kitchen can get quite germy. You can clean your blinds with a mix of 1-part lukewarm water and 1-part white vinegar. To protect your hands, you can use gloves.

Consider Using Dryer Sheets to Deter Dust 

Dryer sheets can eliminate the static cling that can increase the accumulation of dust on your slats. Doing this regularly can help reduce how often you need to dust your blinds. 

Cleaning Methods to Avoid with Faux Wood Blinds

Some individuals may recommend submerging your faux wood blinds in water or the bathtub to clean them. We would never recommend doing this for a few reasons.

  • First, water can damage the internal mechanisms on your blinds. If internal parts begin to rust, your blinds will start to malfunction and may become unusable.
  • Second, some people may claim that faux wood blinds will not warp from exposure to water. This is true, but only under normal circumstances. It is definitely true that faux wood blinds are often chosen for areas like the kitchen where they can handle higher concentrations of moisture and humidity. But just because faux wood blinds are much more resilient to moisture, this doesn’t mean you can soak them in the tub. They are designed to withstand some moisture but not necessarily full submersion in water.
  • Third, there is a possibility of discoloration if you expose your blinds to significant amounts of water, cleaning products, or harsh chemicals.

If your blinds aren’t responding to your cleaning methods and you’ve given up hope, don’t despair. Bloomin’ Blinds is here! We provide blind cleaning for homeowners who want a professional touch.

man in coveralls cleaning faux wood blinds with rag

If you need more help, contact your local blinds expert at Bloomin’ Blinds. Dial (855) 457-1022 today for more information, or find your local Bloomin’ Blinds here.

Kevin Stuart About the Author: Kevin Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
Kevin has been a part of the Bloomin’ Blinds team since 2004. He is an expert in window covering repairs and has been known to finish even the hardest repair in 12 minutes and 26 seconds (the fastest Bloomin’ Blinds repair time yet). Kevin loves puzzles and values fixing things and bringing smiles to the faces of his clients.