The Right Way To Clean Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Collins Jones 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. If not, you may be looking at permanent stains, discoloration, or damage to the shutter. What’s the right way to clean shutters? That’s going to depend on the type of shutters you have in your space. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch below. Cleaning your Dallas faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than wood shutters. Usually, there’s no wood stain that needs to be preserved, 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 getting rid of the smudge. How To Clean Real Wood Shutters When you clean real wood shutters, you need 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 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 usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the dryer the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – 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 a caustic 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.