Plantation shutters can improve the curb appeal of any home. Their clean, attractive appearance can compliment a number of design styles.
With that said, these shutters won't always look as perfect as they did the day they were installed. Over time, dust will collect up on the shutters. This grime needs to be cleaned appropriately; the wrong cleaning methods could caused spotting.
Follow these tips as you work to keep your shutters clean:
Cleaning Wood Shutters
While more modern shutters are typically made with synthetic materials, most older shutters are made from wood. You will need to avoid using harsh chemical cleaning products.
Use a vacuum attachment to clean the shutters once each week. This will take care of most of the dust that has built up there. Use a dust cloth or brush to pick up any dirt that the vacuum missed.
If your shutters are still dirty, you will need to use water to eliminate the remaining residue. Use distilled water when cleaning your wood shutters. Because it is free of minerals, it won't leave any spots.
Soak a soft cloth in the water, then wring it out thoroughly. Use the cloth to gently clean the dirty area. Dry the area off immediately afterwards. If water remains on the shutters, it could cause them to warp.
Cleaning Synthetic Shutters
If your shutters are made from a synthetic material, you will be able to clean them with harsher cleaning solutions if needed. With that said, you should still treat them with care.
As with wood shutters, use a vacuum and dust brush to clean the shutters each week. Gently scrub at any stubborn spots with a dry, soft cleaning brush. Don't scrub too hard -- you could wind up scratching the shutters.
If you need to use a cleaning solution, mix 1/2 gallon of distilled water with dish detergent. Wet the brush and clean the impacted area. Dry the shutters with a soft cloth afterwards.
Cleaning Exterior Shutters
If you have shutters on the exterior home, it may be difficult for you to reach them. This can make cleaning a challenge. Use a hose to wash your shutters on a sunny day. This should get most of the loose dirt off of the shutters.
If there is dirt the hose won't wash away, you'll need to use a ladder. Create a cleaning solution to use on the shutters. While dish soap and water is typically fine, you may want to mix water and bleach if mold is growing on the shutters. Use the cleaning solution and a scrub brush to remove all dirt and grime from the shutters. When you are done, climb down from the ladder and rinse off the shutters with a hose.
If you want to keep your plantation shutters in excellent condition, you will need to clean them on a regular basis. Frequent cleaning will keep your shutters looking as beautiful as they did when they were first installed. Your shutters are an important part of your home, and they require extra care.
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