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The Right Way To Clean Your Interior Shutters

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

Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Fort Lauderdale shutters is a job that needs to be done, and done the right way. If it’s not, you may be looking at permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the shutter.

What’s the right way to clean shutters? It depends on the type of shutters you have in your space.

Cleaning Faux Wood ShuttersCleaning Wood Shutters
   

Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer 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 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 wet cloth

Using your dust 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, 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. 

Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Fort Lauderdale, FL

When cleaning natural wood shutters, be sure to be careful not to do anything that could damage the finish or 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 microfiber dust cloth.

For cleaning any blemishes, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You typically 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 you could risk damaging the wood finish. 

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.

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