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How To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

October 16, 2015
A Quick Lesson for St. George Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re doing your spring cleaning or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your St. George 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, discoloration, or damage to the shutter.

What’s the right way to clean shutters? That depends on what kind 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 this video. 
Cleaning your St. George faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is a little different than wood shutters. Usually, there’s no finish stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters:

  • A dusting cloth preferably microfiber)

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a dusting cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger smudges or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Again, stay away from any chemical agents or any caustic cleaners.

A slightly wet cloth is ok to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s always good to dry the shutter afterwards. 

Cleaning Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In St. George, UT

When you clean real 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 microfiber dusting cloth

  • A soft, dry cloth

To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the panels and louvers a quick once-over with a dusting cloth.

For smudges or spills, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You normally don’t want to use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire frame with it. If you’re using a wet cloth, be sure to follow it with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical agent, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. 

For additional cleaning tips, contact us by calling 435-485-9332.

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