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How To Clean Plantation Shutters

October 16, 2015
A Quick Lesson for Minneapolis Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re cleaning your whole house or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Minneapolis shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. If not, you may risk lasting stains, discoloring, or damage to the material.

What’s the best way to clean shutters? It depends on the type of shutters you have in your Minneapolis home.

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. 
Cleaning your Minneapolis faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than wood shutters. Usually, there’s no wood stain that you need to be careful not to damage, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A microfiber cloth

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a microfiber cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or debris. For bigger stains or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. As with wood shutters, stay away from any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners.

A slightly wet cloth is fine to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter afterwards. 

How To Clean Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Minneapolis, MN

When you clean real wood shutters, try to be careful not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A microfiber cloth

  • A soft, dry cloth

To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the frame and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber dust cloth.

For cleaning smudges, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You typically don’t want to 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 scrub the entire shutter with a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical cleaner, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. 

For additional cleaning tips, contact us by calling 952-856-8130.

Note: These steps were specifically made for products built by Sunburst shutters. For ways to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.