How to Clean Your Window Shutters  

You have installed brand new window shutters in Lakeland, FL. and you couldn’t be happier. The style they add to your space is everything you dreamed of and more. But now reality sets in and you wonder how you are supposed to keep these clean. After all, you want to keep them looking their best for years to come.

Well, don’t worry. We are going to go over the best practices to keep your shutters looking like new.

Dusting Regularly

First, know that dusting your shutters weekly is the best way to keep them clean and make deep cleaning down the road much easier. While it can be a chore to wipe down every shutter it is well worth the time knowing your family is not breathing in dust and dirt that can settle on the slats.

To dust your shutters close the slats as flat as possible and wipe with a dust cloth or feather duster. Then, close the slats in the opposite direction and wipe down again. While this won’t get in every nook and corner, it will be a great overall cleaning to keep dust buildup away. This cleaning should be done weekly.

Tip: If you have a house full of shutters, dusting them all in one day each week might not be your idea of fun, Instead, break the job up into smaller chores with certain shutters being appointed a certain day of the week to be dusted.

Deep Cleaning

Keeping buildup away by dusting each week goes a long way in keeping your shutters clean, but a good monthly deep cleaning should also be added in. This is when a little more time and attention is spent ensuring all the slats, nooks, and corners of the shutters are clean.

This cleaning takes place after a weekly dusting and covers each slat individually. What products you use depends on the material of your shutters.

For wood shutters, spray furniture polish on a soft rag and wipe down each slat starting at the top. For hard-to-reach corners and crevices, spray a toothbrush with the polish and use that to reach those areas. Note: never use water on your wood shutters to clean as it can warp and damage your shutters over time.

If you have vinyl or painted shutters, dampen a soft cloth with warm soapy water and clean each slat. After that, take a second cloth with just water and wipe each slat. Finally, take a dry cloth and make sure each slat is completely dry. For the tiny areas, dip a toothbrush in the soapy water and clean. 

Final Tips

If you ever have questions about the cleaning or maintenance of your new shutters, refer to the manual. Instructions for their care should be included. If you still have questions, contact the company who installed the shutters.

Keeping your window shutters in Lakeland, FL. looking like new isn’t difficult, it just takes some time and attention. By performing routine dusting and cleanings, the beauty of your shutters will last for years. If you have questions about caring for shutters, call the experts at Nature Coast Shutters and Windows Treatments. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to answer all your questions.