Most consumers are unable to tell the difference between real wood blinds and faux wood window blinds without close inspection. Faux wood window blinds sometimes have small amounts of wood, but they are not a "real" wood product. Upon close inspection of the product as well as the product's specifications the difference between real wood and faux wood window blinds are obvious.

Faux wood window blinds cost less and resist moisture. Real wood window blinds offer the advantage of "real wood." Some designers and homeowners recognize it as an advantage because the wood adds a warmth to the interior space that faux wood lacks in their opinion. (This is questionable because many are unable to tell the difference at first glance).

Faux wood window blinds weigh more, but real wood blinds are stronger. When it comes to faux wood window blinds consumers are urged to avoid foam products and stick to the sturdier styles that will last. The cheaper, foam versions may sag over time and require an increased number of support strings. This is a negative aesthetic aspect as well as being an increased safety issue. The more visible strings there are on a product the more likely it is that they will become accessible to a child.

Real wood blinds offer a wider variety of colors and stains in comparison to faux wood window blinds. And in some cases the faux wood window blinds could fade/yellow over time. This adds a distinct design advantage to real wood blinds as they can provide more possibilities in regards to color coordinating or accenting for existing interior design.

One advantage that always sets the faux wood window blinds apart from their real wood counterparts is their ability to handle moisture. Because the product can handle moisture cleaning them is much easier. To clean the faux wood window blinds owners should just take a wet rag and wipe them down. Between cleanings owners can use a feather duster to remove loose dust and particles that have attached themselves to the product.

If the product becomes extremely dirty they can be taken down and washed. Any outdoor area will do with access to a household water hose. Spraying the blinds off will ensure that even the most stubborn dirt and grime will be washed away. Be careful not to disturb the support strings and take a dry towel to the blinds post cleaning. This will enable them to be hung back in place sooner.

In comparison, wood blinds can not be cleaned so easily. Wood blinds, while they can be dusted regularly with a dry feather duster, can not be sprayed off if they become overly dirty. And they cannot be regularly cleaned with water and/or a standard cleaning product. Exposure to moisture can, in some cases, lead to warping almost immediately.

Wood blinds offer their advantages and they are a very high quality product. But regular maintenance is a definite requirement. Once wood blinds move beyond the need for a good dusting it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get them back to a clean, easily maintained status. For those who fear they won't stay on top of the maintenance necessary for wood blinds faux wood window blinds become a very obvious choice.
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