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 Faux Wood Shutters To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch below. Cleaning your Fort Lauderdale faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is just a tad 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, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. As with wood shutters, don’t use 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. Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters When you clean natural wood shutters, be sure 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 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 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 the affected area – 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. 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.