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The Right Way To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

October 16, 2015
Our Guide for Atlanta Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re doing your spring cleaning or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Atlanta shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. And if it’s not, you may risk permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the material.

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

Cleaning Faux Wood ShuttersCleaning Wood Shutters

Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. 
Cleaning your Atlanta faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than wood shutters. Usually, there’s no wood stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant.

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

  • A dusting cloth preferably microfiber)

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using a dusting cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or debris. For bigger stains or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Again, stay away from any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners.

A slightly wet cloth is ok to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s always good to dry the shutter afterwards. 

Cleaning Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Atlanta, GA

When you clean real wood shutters, you need to be careful not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A soft, dry cloth

For ridding your wood shutters of dust, all that’s needed is to give the panels and louvers a quick once-over with a dusting cloth.

For cleaning any blemishes, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You normally shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless you have to, and even then, the dryer the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t wipe down the entire frame with it. If you’re using a wet cloth, always follow it with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical agent, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. 

For more details, contact us by calling 404-962-8517.

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