Wood blinds add some necessary aesthetic splendor to your place, and breaking them can be a real downer for your day. Fortunately, like most broken things around your house, there’s a bunch of DIY hacks you can apply to fix it. It’s a win-win for you; new blinds, a lighter wallet, and the satisfaction of having fixed something yourself. Who wouldn’t want that? Although you can always dial the number and get professional help from Blinds By Design, it’s never too late to start experimenting with the inner engineer in you. Here’s a list of methods you can use to make your blinds look good as new.
Vacuum Your Way Through the Blinds
We suggest you use a vacuum cleaner to begin. It’s quite professional and restores the blinds almost to factory state. It is only natural to trust your instincts and set on to clean it manually, but vacuuming off the surface would deep clean the blinds, and you might need that to get rid of all the dust and dirt. Make sure you don’t break something else on your way to success. Leave no corners and slats unattended, and polish the blind to remove any traces of imperfection.
Use a Wood Cleaner to Rip Off Any Stubborn Stains
Vacuum may do the job, but it’s stressful; no one likes hearing the whirring sound of a vacuum cleaner, especially near something that wants to be fixed. What other options do you have? Try a wood cleaner. Run to your nearest supply store and get a specialized wood cleaner (product labels and descriptions can further help you catch up with the best product). Make sure you have access to a lint-free cloth, and you are ready to begin!
Dampen the cloth with the cleaner and apply it to the areas of stain. The blind slats are pretty delicate, and a hard rub may push them to fall off the hood, so you might want to tone down your power mode when you are cleaning them. Detergent and water are the other big no-nos. These materials endorse moisture, which wood is pretty prompt in absorbing. You do not want warped wood to greet any visitors when they step into your place. So avoid using water and detergent at all costs.
Polish Off the Blinds
While you’re at the convenience store fetching the wood cleaner, throw in a wood polish as well. Polishing would naturally restore the life out of timber woods, much like an oven-baked cake shimmying up for the icing and cherry. Polish is nourishing for the wood and minimizes the fading. Use yet another soft, lint-free cloth and apply the polish onto the blinds. Cover up the blinds entirely, top to bottom, and both sides. If you encounter certain areas that are hard to reach (the corners, for instance), we suggest using a brush to do the job. Shiny wood is good wood, and it just enhances the appearance of your interiors.
Give Some Time For the Polish to Settle
If you try to use the blinds immediately after you polish them, a job well done may turn into a job that went down the drain. You must let the polish settle for some time. After all, how long does it take? Well, there is no hard and fast rule. It all depends merely on the room’s ventilation and the manufacturer’s instructions. A sunny day may not please you, but it sure pleases the polish. Ensure the room is adequately ventilated to quickly move on with operating your wood blinds.
DIY Homemade Tips
Believing in traditional methods can be a lifesaver, and nothing speaks traditional better than a kitchen recipe to fix blinds. Yes, you heard that right. Here’s how you can use the items in your pantry to make sure your blinds don’t give you trouble for a long time.
- You need a third Raw Linseed Oil, a third Vinegar and, a third Mineral Turpentine to go. Mix the items, and you have your magic blind-fixing potion.
- Fetch a soft cloth to dip the solution in and apply it onto the blinds. Considering the blinds have been long in use, attempt a sample test to check the probability of absorption.
- Excess solution must be taken off the blinds to prevent dirt from sticking onto them.
- Allow the oil to settle for 2 to 4 hours. There you go; you now have spot-free blinds, polished and waterproofed.