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The Right Way To Clean Plantation Shutters

October 16, 2015
A Quick Lesson for Seattle Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re doing a deep clean or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Seattle shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If it’s not, you may risk lasting stains, discoloration, or damage to the shutter.

What’s the best way to clean shutters? That may vary based on what kind of shutters you have in your space.

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Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. 
Cleaning your Seattle faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is just a tad different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, there’s no finish stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A microfiber cloth

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using a dusting cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For bigger stains or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Again, stay away from any chemical agents or any caustic cleaners.

A slightly wet cloth is fine to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s always good to dry the shutter after removing the mess. 

Cleaning Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Seattle, Washington

When it comes to cleaning real wood shutters, be sure to be careful not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture.

You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A soft, dry cloth

If you’re dusting your wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the panels and louvers a quick once-over with a microfiber dust cloth.

For deeper cleaning, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You normally don’t want to use a damp cloth unless you have to, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t scrub the entire shutter with it. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow up with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical agent, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. 

For more details, contact us by calling 360-464-2277.

Note: These steps were specifically made for products built by Sunburst shutters. For ways to clean shutters from a different company, contact your installer.