How To Clean Interior Shutters10/16/2015Holly Perron A Quick Lesson for Hartford Residents on How to Clean Shutters If you’re cleaning your whole house or getting your place ready for a get-together, cleaning your Hartford shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. If it’s not, you could be looking at permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the material. What’s the best way to clean shutters? That may vary based on the type of shutters you have in your space. How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters When you clean natural wood shutters, you need to take special care not to do anything overly abrasive that could impact the wood finish or expose the wood to moisture. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A microfiber dust cloth A soft, dry cloth If you’re dusting your wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the panels 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 it’s completely necessary, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t wipe down the entire frame with it. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow it with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical agent, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters Cleaning your Hartford faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than wood shutters. Typically, there’s no finish stain that you need to be careful not to damage, and faux wood is a little more resilient to scratches or blemishes. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: A dusting cloth preferably microfiber) A slightly damp cloth Using your dust cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger stains or messes, rub them down with a slightly damp cloth. Again, don’t use any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners. A damp cloth is ok to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s always good to dry the shutter when you’re done. For more details, get in touch with us by calling 860-266-5459. Note: These steps were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For how to clean shutters from a different company, contact your installer.