Maintenance and Durability
Important Note About The Characteristics of Basswood Wooden Blinds
Basswoods Blinds are a true wood product. As such, variations in color, grain and texture may occur. These characteristics are inherent to natural wood products and only serve to enhance their beauty.
In addition, natural wood hues and white (the two most popular color selections) don???t show the dirt. Although this is not a call for living with or ignoring dust, it is a relief to many busy people to not have to see dust on a daily basis. For many women especially, visible dust tends to produce guilty feelings, as though the item to be dusted is calling out “Help me!” over and over again. The rule of dust is that dark colors and shiny surfaces (including horizontal glass) show the most dust. Selecting products that naturally do not call attention to the presence of dust will mean lower upkeep and less emotional strain.
Basswood Blinds should be dusted regularly. Use an ordinary soft, clean cloth, chemically-treated dust cloth, dusting mitt, vacuum cleaner with brush attachment or cylindrical dust brushes especially designed for blinds. Lower the blind to its full length, then tilt the slats almost fully closed and dust. Then do the reverse side of the slats in the same manner. In order to reach the dust where the slats overlap, it is best not to fully close the blind in either position.
Avoid Damaging Your Wooden Blinds
Since wood warps under very moist or humid conditions, you need to make sure that whatever cleaning agents you use will not cause permanent damage to your fine custom wooden blinds. If you’ve chosen a wooden blinds with a special finish, stain, or paint, you need to ensure that the cleaning agents won’t damage the color or cause the paint to peal. Also keep in mind that where smoke or oil-borne impurities exist in an interior (such as generated from cooking with oil at high temperatures), the need to deep clean will increase. Real wood is much more difficult to keep clean of these contaminants as they tend to settle deep into the wood grain.
There are low maintenance, preventative technics that can keep your wooden blinds in optimal condition. Vacuum blinds often with the brush attachment, which prevents dust build-up, and always vacuum across the slats, never up and down. When dusting or vacuuming vertical wooden blinds, brush downward only, as the slats often become unhooked if you brush upward. For spot cleaning, spray an all-purpose cleaner onto a clean dry cloth and wipe the soiled area of your wooden blinds. Never spray the cleaner directly onto the blind.
Wooden Blinds & Window Orientation (Sunlight)
As for durability, you should have no problems keeping them looking great for years. Do keep in mind, however that some stains and paints can fade from long-term exposure to sunlight. Also remember that, although wooden blinds are strong and can withstand years of use, they are not indestructible and may not be the best choice for play rooms or high traffic areas.
Traditionally, wooden blinds were stained, but paint has become increasingly popular. Trends in interior design to lighter room colors match well with white or off white wooden blinds. If you decide that wooden blinds are your window treatment of choice, taking proper care and maintenance will make them an investment that will last many years. Stained or painted, wooden blinds add warmth and comfort to any room.