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How To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

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

If you’re cleaning your whole house or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Sacramento shutters is a job that you need to do, and do right. And if it’s not, you could risk lasting stains, discoloration, or damage to the material.

So how do you clean your shutters? That depends on the type of shutters you have in your space.

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Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch below. 
Cleaning your Sacramento 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 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 wet cloth

Using a dusting cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger stains or messes, rub them down with a slightly damp cloth. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners.

A slightly wet cloth is ok to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter getting rid of the smudge. 

Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Sacramento, CA

When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, try 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 microfiber dust cloth

  • 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 microfiber cloth.

For smudges or spills, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless you have to, and even then, the less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire frame with it. If you’re using a wet cloth, be sure to follow with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical agent, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. 

For more cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 916-665-0078.

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