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The Right Way To Clean Interior Shutters

October 16, 2015
A Simple Guide for San Antonio Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re doing your spring cleaning or getting your place ready for a get-together, cleaning your San Antonio shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If it’s not, you could risk lasting stains, discoloration, or damage to the shutter.

So how do you clean plantation shutters? It depends on what kind of shutters you have in your home.

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. 
Cleaning your San Antonio faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than wood shutters. Typically, there’s no finish 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:

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using your dust cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or debris. For larger stains or messes, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth. As with wood shutters, stay away from 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. 

How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In San Antonio, TX

When cleaning 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.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber preferred)

  • 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 dusting cloth.

For cleaning any blemishes, 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 smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire shutter with a damp cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, always follow it with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical cleaner, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. 

For more cleaning tips, contact us by calling 210-876-0377.

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