How To Clean Your Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Nate Gromen A Quick Lesson for Cleveland Residents on How to Clean Shutters If you’re doing a deep clean or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Cleveland shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If not, you may risk lasting stains, discoloring, or damage to the material. So how do you clean your 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 this video. Cleaning your Cleveland faux wood shutters like Polywood® is a little different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, there’s no wood stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood is a little more resilient to scratches or blemishes. Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters: A dusting cloth preferably microfiber) A slightly damp cloth Using a dusting cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or debris. For bigger smudges or messes, wipe them down with a barely damp cloth. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners. A damp cloth is fine to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s always good to dry the shutter afterwards. Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, try 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 microfiber dust cloth A soft, dry cloth If you’re dusting your wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the panels and louvers 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 less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire frame with a damp cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, be sure to follow it with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use an abrasive chemical agent, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. For more cleaning tips, contact us by calling 440-561-6787. Note: These directions were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For ways to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.