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How To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

October 16, 2015
A Simple Guide for Orlando Residents on How to Clean Shutters

Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Orlando shutters is a job that needs to be done, and done the right way. If it’s not, you may risk lasting stains, faded colors, or damage to the material.

What’s the right way to clean shutters? That’s going to depend on what kind of shutters you have in your home.

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. 
Cleaning your Orlando faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, there’s no finish stain that you need to be careful not to damage, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters:

  • A microfiber dust cloth

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using a dusting cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or dirt. For larger smudges or messes, rub them down with a barely damp cloth. Like with real wood shutters, stay away from any chemical agents or any caustic cleaners.

A damp cloth is ok to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter when you’re done. 

How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Orlando, FL

When cleaning natural wood shutters, be sure to take special care not to do anything overly abrasive that could impact the wood finish or expose the wood to moisture.

You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters:

  • A microfiber dusting cloth

  • A soft, dry cloth

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

For deeper cleaning, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You normally shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t wipe down the entire shutter with the wet cloth. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow with a dry cloth. Also, never use a caustic chemical agent, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. 

For more cleaning tips, contact us by calling 407-630-7011.

Note: These steps were specifically made with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your shutter dealer.