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Wooden blinds

Dear Heloise: I have wooden-slat blinds. I have tried oil soap and baby wipes, but I cannot get them clean. Can you please help? — Marie M., via fax

Help is here. Cleaning wooden blinds shouldn’t be hard! Baby wipes are OK, but may leave a residue. The oil “soap” is what I use, and it’s never failed me.

Are they just dusty? Coated with a gummy sort of residue? Are they painted, or raw wood? Painted should be a zip to clean. If they are unpainted wood, try this: Use a microfiber cloth dipped into just warm water. Wring it out, and run it over one slat. Go both ways, back and forth. If you see “dirt” on the cloth, then proceed.

If it’s that sticky stuff, then go back to the wood soap. Don’t overwet, and be sure to rinse off, then dry well. Test one-half of a blind and see which method works best for you! — Heloise

P.S.: Use the upholstery attachment with the brush to “suck” dust off the blinds!

Blinds help to keep your home warm and reduce your energy bills.

autumnThe time of year has hit us again, Autumn.  It is sunny and warm for some time and then the chill hits.

Blinds that cover your windows will save you a minimum 25% off your heating costs.  Not only is this good for your pocket but it also is good for the planet.

Paul Pollard-Fraser from Deva blinds says “I live in a modern apartment in the middle of Chester and I have a roller blind over my patio doors.  In the winter I can feel the cold air when I open my blinds in the morning.  It is another thermal barrier against the cold.”

If you want to keep warm this winter think about using blinds to cover your windows.

A good example is the blocOut blind, please look at the various options here.

Keep warm this winter and dress your windows with blinds, they don’t cost the earth, but will help save it.