The Right Way To Clean Your Interior Shutters10/16/2015Danielle Micich Our Guide for Fort Lauderdale Residents on How to Clean Shutters Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning or getting your place ready for a get-together, cleaning your Fort Lauderdale shutters is a job that needs to be done, and done the right way. If it’s not, you might be looking at permanent stains, discoloration, or damage to the shutter. What’s the right way to clean shutters? It depends on the type of shutters you have in your home. Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters When you clean natural wood shutters, be sure to be careful 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 dust cloth (microfiber preferred) A soft, dry cloth For ridding your wood shutters of dust, all you’ll need to do is give the frame and louvers a quick wipe-down with a dusting cloth. For cleaning any blemishes, 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 wipe down the entire frame with it. If you use a damp cloth, always follow with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use an abrasive chemical agent, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters Cleaning your Fort Lauderdale faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is slightly different than cleaning real wood. Typically, there’s no wood 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: A dusting cloth (microfiber works best) A slightly damp cloth Using a microfiber cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or debris. For larger smudges 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 ok to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter afterwards. For additional cleaning tips, contact us by calling 561-440-8535. Note: These steps were specifically made for products built by Sunburst shutters. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.