How To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

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A Quick Lesson for Boston Residents on How to Clean Shutters

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

What’s the right way to clean shutters? That’s going to depend on the type of shutters you have in your home.

Cleaning Faux Wood ShuttersCleaning Wood Shutters

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 Boston faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is slightly different than wood shutters. Usually, there’s no wood stain that you need to be careful not to damage, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters:

  • A dusting cloth preferably microfiber)

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using a dusting cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or dirt. For bigger smudges or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical agents or any abrasive cleaners.

A damp cloth is fine to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter afterwards. 

How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Boston, MA

When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, try to be careful not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A microfiber cloth

  • A soft, dry cloth

For ridding your wood shutters of dust, all you’ll need to do is give the shutter panels and frame a quick once-over with a microfiber dust cloth.

For smudges or spills, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You typically don’t want to use a damp cloth unless absolutely necessary, and even then, the dryer the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t scrub the entire frame with the wet cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, be sure to follow with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical cleaner, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. 

For additional cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 781-352-2205.

Note: These directions were specifically made with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For ways to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your shutter dealer.