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The Right Way To Clean Your Interior Shutters

October 16, 2015
Our Guide for Austin Residents on How to Clean Shutters

Whether you’re cleaning your whole house or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Austin shutters is a job that needs to be done, and done the right way. If not, you might be looking at permanent stains, discoloration, or damage to the shutter.

So how do you clean interior 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 Austin faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is a little different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, 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 microfiber dust cloth

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a dusting cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or debris. For bigger smudges or messes, rub them down with a barely damp cloth. As with wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners.

A slightly wet 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. 

How To Clean Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Austin, TX

When you clean real wood shutters, try to be careful 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 dust cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A soft, dry cloth

If you’re dusting your wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the shutter panels and frame a quick once-over with a dusting cloth.

For deeper cleaning, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the dryer the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t wipe down the entire shutter with it. If you’re using a wet cloth, always follow up with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use an abrasive chemical agent, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. 

For additional cleaning tips, contact us by calling 512-549-6077.

Note: These steps were specifically written for products built by Sunburst shutters. For how to clean shutters from a different company, contact your shutter dealer.

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