The Right Way To Clean Your Interior Shutters10/16/2015Steve 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 Detroit home. Cleaning Real Wood Shutters 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 that’s needed is to 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 damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t wipe down 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. Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters 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 microfiber dusting cloth 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, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. 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 always good to dry the shutter when you’re done. For additional details, contact 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 company, contact your shutter dealer.