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How To Clean Plantation Shutters

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

If you’re doing your spring cleaning or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your New York shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. If it’s not, you may risk permanent stains, faded colors, or damage to the shutter.

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

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Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. 
Cleaning your New York faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is a little 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:

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a microfiber cloth, go 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, stay away from any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners.

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

Cleaning Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In New York City, NY

When cleaning real wood shutters, you need 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 microfiber dusting cloth

  • A soft, dry cloth

To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the frame and louvers a quick once-over with a microfiber dust cloth.

For smudges or spills, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless you have to, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire frame with the wet cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, always follow it with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use an abrasive chemical cleaner, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. 

For additional details, get in touch with us by calling 631-246-3930.

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