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The Right Way To Clean Your Interior Shutters

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

Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Detroit shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If not, you might 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 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 microfiber dusting cloth

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using a microfiber 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 usually a good idea to dry the shutter getting rid of the smudge. 

Cleaning Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Detroit, MI

When it comes to cleaning real wood shutters, be sure to take special care 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 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 smudges or spills, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You typically 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 scrub the entire shutter with the wet 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.

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