The Right Way To Clean Your Interior Shutters

Steve Hill
Our Guide for Detroit Residents on How to Clean Shutters

Whether you’re doing a deep clean or getting your place ready for a get-together, cleaning your Detroit shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If not, you may risk permanent stains, discoloration, or damage to the shutter.

So how do you clean plantation shutters? That depends on the type 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, watch below. 
Cleaning your Detroit faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is slightly different than cleaning real wood. Typically, there’s no wood stain that you need to be careful not to damage, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage.

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

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using your dust cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or debris. For larger stains or messes, rub them down with a barely damp cloth. As with wood shutters, stay away from any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners.

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

Cleaning Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Detroit, MI

When it comes to cleaning real wood shutters, you need to take special care not to do anything that could damage the finish or expose the wood to moisture.

You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber preferred)

  • A soft, dry cloth

If you’re dusting your wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the frame and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber dust cloth.

For cleaning smudges, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You usually 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 scrub the entire shutter with a damp cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, always follow up with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical cleaner, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. 

For additional details, get in touch with us by calling 248-429-9294.

Note: These steps were specifically made for products built by Sunburst shutters. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your shutter dealer.