How to Clean Wood and Vinyl Shutters
The Home Decor question: What is the best way to clean and maintain the interior shutters in my home?
The Home Decor Solution: Carefully!
Shutters can last as long as your home does with a regular routine of maintenance. Shutters can be made from solid wood (stained or painted), vinyl, a blend of hardwoods, and faux wood. The method used to clean your shutters varies depending on the type of shutter in your home.
Here are a few thoughts about cleaning shutters:
Wood or Plantation Shutters: First it is good to vacuum away any dust from the slats using a soft brush attachment. Then, gently wipe each slat with a soft cloth. For added shine and sparkle, lightly spray a cloth with wood polish and wipe the shutters on both sides. For the hard to reach areas, use a small brush, such as a toothbrush, with wood polish to clean corners and grooves on the frame. Just a note, using water on wood shutters is not generally recommended as it may cause water spots or damage the wood.
Vinyl, Poly Satin: First use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to remove any dust or dirt. Make a solution of warm water with a small amount of mild soap, such as dish soap. Gently wash both sides of the shutter louvers working top down. Next use clear water and a cloth to rinse the shutters. Finally, use a towel to dry each louver front and back.
* The key to fresh and beautiful shutters is having a regular routine of cleaning. Vacuum once a week and wipe with a cloth at least once a month.
* If any stubborn spots on the shutters, lightly spray a cloth with non-abrasive cleaner and wipe clean.
* If there are any water spots or stubborn stains it is best to consult a window treatment company for suggestions before using any chemicals or cleaning agents that may damage the shutters.
* If you are not sure about cleaning the window treatment contact the company where you purchased the shutters or contact us here at Home Decor Solutions. Our professional window treatment consultants will be happy to help you. We are one click, one call away.