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How to Clean Your Interior Shutters

Now that you have made the decision to purchase plantation-style shutters through Draperies ‘N Things, had them installed, and watched them get dirtier and dirtier as time went on, your next step is learning how to clean your shutters to get them back to that just-installed beauty. While both hardwood and synthetic material shutters, like our hybrid and polysatin types, are easy to clean, they must be handled differently.

Hardwood Shutters

Hardwood shutters need to be treated gently. Do not use any excess water or harsh chemicals, as you do not want to damage the finish.

You should first start by dusting the shutter with a dry rag and vacuum. Remove as much dust and dry dirt as possible before you begin the cleaning process. First vacuum the entire shutter; this will remove most of the dust that is present. Follow this up by using a dry rag or small dry brush to get into the tighter areas and remove the dust there.

After you have dusted the shutters thoroughly, check for more spots. If there is dirt leftover on the shutters dampen a rag or the small brush used for dusting and clean the areas that need it. Make sure that you do not use too much water during this process. Your rag or brush should only be wet enough to remove dirt, without spreading water all over the shutters. Make sure you dry the area quickly after any liquid is used to avoid potential damage to the finish.

Synthetic Shutters

Synthetic material shutters still need to be treated gently, but not to the extent of hardwood shutters. Harsher cleaning materials and water are completely safe with these shutters and will not damage their appearance.

You should first begin in the same way you would with the hardwood shutters, dusting the entire area. First, use a vacuum to remove excess dust and then follow up with a dry rag or brush to get into the tight areas that the vacuum did not help with, like the edges where the shutters meet the wall.

After you have dusted, the harsher materials can be used. Cleaning products, water, soap, and disinfectant wipes are all safe to be used for this process. Clean the areas that are dirty with a rag, a wipe, or a brush, and then wipe the area dry with a dry, clean cloth when you are finished. You are not at risk of ruining the stain or wood with synthetic material shutters, so cleaning is simple.

Keeping your shutters clean and free of dust will keep them looking brand new and as lustrous as the day they were installed. By cleaning your shutters regularly and not allowing dust and dirt to build up, you can keep your cleaning time short, so it becomes less of a chore. If you have any questions or concerns about the cleaning process do not hesitate to contact Draperies N’ Things at (541)-535-2790 and we can help with whatever cleaning questions arise.

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