The Right Way To Clean Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Dan Taylor A Quick Lesson for Atlanta Residents on How to Clean Shutters If you’re doing your spring cleaning or getting your place ready for a get-together, 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 space. Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. Cleaning your Atlanta faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than wood shutters. Usually, there’s no wood stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage. 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, rub them down with a barely damp cloth. Like with real wood shutters, 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 When cleaning real wood shutters, be sure to be careful not to do anything that could damage the finish or expose the wood to moisture. Here’s what you’ll need to clean: A dust cloth (microfiber works best) A soft, dry cloth To clean the dust off of wood shutters, 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 less wet 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 up 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.