Cleaning plantation shutters is one of those tasks on a to-do list that never seems to get done, mainly because it’s hard to know where to start.
What’s the best way to keep your shutters from accumulating dust? How can you restore their shine? This guide offers tips and tricks, as well as a suggested cleaning schedule, to help.
Plantation Shutters: Elegant and Classy
Sometimes shutters get a bad rap because they aren’t as easy to clean as roller shades, but ask any homeowner with plantation shutters, and they’ll likely agree: the pros definitely outweigh the cons with this elegant window treatment option.
Shutters give a finished look to any room. They let in plenty of light while still offering privacy. There are no strings to contend with, and they can be sized to fit any window. Shutters are beautiful, and you want to keep them looking as good as possible.
On a Weekly Basis
Start a new routine. Once a week, use your vacuum’s soft brush attachment to suction away pet hair, dust, allergens and bugs. This is a great way to quickly eradicate all the built-up dirt. For high windows that your vacuum can’t reach, use a dusting wand instead, then vacuum the lower slats and work your way down.
Once a Month
Once a month, it’s good to go a little more in-depth. You should first follow your weekly routine and vacuum or brush away all the surface dust. Then, wet a small microfiber cloth with wood polish and wipe down each individual slat. You can also spray wood polish on a small toothbrush and scrub the cracks and crevices that the cloth can’t reach.
For vinyl shutters, you can safely use soap and water instead of wood polish to complete this task.
This in-depth cleaning restores the smooth finish to your wood and cleans up the look of your vinyl.
What to Watch For
Make sure you never use water when cleaning plantation shutters made of real wood; it can warp the slats.
For cleaning plantation shutters high up, don’t use a chair. Set up a secure stepstool or ladder and make safety your top priority.
Shutters are made to last, but make sure you don’t damage them during the cleaning process. Always twist the rod gently and make sure they don’t swing open too fast and hit the wall.
Above all else, check with the manufacturer to make sure your cleaning process aligns with their recommendations. Read product manuals or talk to our knowledgeable staff. We can provide helpful tips to make cleaning plantation shutters easy and convenient. Call Utah Blinds Gallery today or stop into a local showroom to learn more.