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The Right Way To Clean Interior Shutters

October 16, 2015
A Simple Guide 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 a job that needs to be done, and done the right way. But if it’s not, you might risk lasting stains, faded colors, or damage to the material.

What’s the right way to clean shutters? That depends on what kind of shutters you have in your home.

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Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. 
Cleaning your Hartford faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than wood shutters. Typically, there’s no finish stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant.

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

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using a dusting cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger smudges or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Again, don’t use 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 after removing the mess. 

Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Hartford, CT

When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, you need to take special care not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A soft, dry cloth

To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the panels and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber cloth.

For cleaning smudges, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You normally shouldn’t 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 shutter with the wet cloth. If you use a damp cloth, always follow with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical agent, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. 

For more details, get in touch with us by calling 860-266-5459.

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