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The Right Way To Clean Plantation Shutters

October 16, 2015
A Simple Guide for Dallas Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re cleaning your whole house or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Dallas shutters is a job that you need to do, and do right. But if it’s not, you might be looking at permanent stains, discoloration, or damage to the material.

What’s the right way to clean shutters? That may vary based on the type of shutters you have in your space.

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch below. 
Cleaning your Dallas faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than wood shutters. In most cases, there’s no wood stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A microfiber dusting cloth

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a dusting cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or dirt. For bigger stains or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners.

A slightly wet cloth is fine to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter when you’re done. 

How To Clean Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Dallas, TX

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

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A soft, dry cloth

For ridding your wood shutters of dust, all you’ll need to do is give the panels and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber dust cloth.

For cleaning smudges, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You typically shouldn’t 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 shutter with a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, always follow up with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical agent, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. 

For additional details, contact us by calling 214-301-5066.

Note: These steps were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For how to clean shutters from a different company, contact your shutter dealer.