How to Clean (Even the Grimiest) Faux Wood Blinds

Abigail Sawyer | 05 Apr 2022 | Clean

Whether you inherited dirty blinds after moving in, or they've simply built up grime over the years, we recommend cleaning faux wood blinds twice a year to keep dust, allergens and germs at bay. We're answering your top 3 questions on how to clean faux wood blinds.

What's the easiest way to dust faux wood blinds?

closeup of the duster cleaning blinds

using a cloth and dusting spray to clean blinds

You can swipe slats clean with a microfiber cloth or feather duster. Prevent dust buildup by wiping with a dusting spray.

How do I get the layers of built up dirt and gunk off my faux wood blinds?

using a damp duster to clean blinds

Faux wood blind slats are manmade so they're water-safe. Scrub them clean with a microfiber cloth dipped in warm soapy water. Do not use abrasive cleaners which may damage the finish or paint. Dry each slat with a clean cloth.

removing a routeless slat to clean individually

Routeless blinds slats (those with no holes through the middle) can be removed from for easier cleaning. Slide them back in when you're done and re-align notches with the cords.

Do not submerge blinds or get headrail and internal components wet, as they can rust and deteriorate.

I want to disinfect my faux wood blinds. How can I do this without damaging them?

mixing water and vinegar to create a cleaning solution

In germy places like bathrooms or kitchens you may want to disinfect your blinds. Mix 1 part water, 1 part white vinegar to create a germ-killing solution.

Wiping down blind slats with cleaning solution

Swipe all slats with the solution and a clean cloth. Dry each slat with another cloth.

Need More Help?

Find more information in our cleaning guide, the helpful posts below, or speak with one of our window treatment experts at 800-505-1905.

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How Do You Clean Faux Wood Blinds?

Submit Your Own Cleaning Questions!

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    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw