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The Right Way To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

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

Whether you’re doing a deep clean or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Boise shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. But if it’s not, you might be looking at lasting stains, faded colors, or damage to the shutter.

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

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. 
Cleaning your Boise faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is just a tad different than cleaning real wood. Typically, there’s no wood 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 microfiber dust cloth

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a microfiber cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or debris. For bigger stains or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Again, don’t use any chemical agents or any abrasive cleaners.

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

How To Clean Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Boise, ID

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 works best)

  • A soft, dry cloth

For ridding your wood shutters of dust, all you’ll need to do is give the panels and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber cloth.

For deeper cleaning, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You normally don’t want to use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – 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 208-609-9129.

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