How To Clean Your Southern California Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Kimball Jones Our Guide for Southern California Residents on How to Clean Shutters The minute your plantation shutters are mounted in your Southern California house, they look beautiful and pristine. Because our best-selling Polywood and Ovation Shutters can last over 50 years, they can accumulate dust throughout their life. So they remain a point of pride in your home, we’ll give you some plantation shutters cleaning tips. Two Methods To Clean Plantation Shutters To maintain the beauty of your plantation shutters, consider these two cleaning methods. A) Dusting Shutters To make sure your shutters look pristine, they need a gentle wipe down every few weeks. You should use a dry microfiber cloth or soft rag for dusting. Wipe down both sides of each louver. If your shutters are very dusty, you should clean the shutters first with one cloth and then wipe them down again with a second, clean cloth. Stay away from something that’s abrasive like a scouring pad or vacuum attachment. B) Detailed Shutter Cleaning Of course regular maintenance keeps your plantation shutters looking pristine for years. But every once in awhile they’ll require a bit more to take care of any smudges or build-up. Shutters in a kitchen, dining room, or bathroom are more likely to need vigilance against buildup. That’s because shutters in these rooms are around things that cause smudges or marks like food or liquid. Depending on the type of shutters you have in your home will affect how you remove smudges from your plantation shutters. Polywood® Shutters Polywood shutters are the prefered choice for plantation shutters in Southern California.They are made from a synthetic material and easily wipe clean. Once you’ve completed dusting the shutter panels, wipe down any spots or grime with a slightly damp cloth. Finally, wipe dry using a clean rag. Make sure not to use any soap, cleaning agents or anything abrasive. A cloth that is slightly damp with water is the best method to remove unwanted smudges. Now, the spot has been removed and your Polywood shutters have never looked better! Ovation® Wood Shutters Getting rid of smudges on an Ovation shutter is very similar to cleaning a Polywood shutter. The first step is to dust it with a clean, dry cloth. If you discover a smudge that won’t clean off, then get a rag just barely damp with water and gently wipe the shutter. Make sure to dry the area thoroughly when finished. Remember not to use any soap, cleaning agents or anything abrasive.In rooms that are more likely to get dirt or dust on the shutters, select plantation shutters that clean easily such as Polywood. Find Out More About Maintaining Your Plantation Shutters For more information about maintaining your plantation shutters in Southern California and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below today! Disclaimer: Our cleaning methods work on all shutters sold by Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions. While they may work on shutters made by other manufacturers, customers of those shutters should contact the manufacturer to obtain any specific cleaning instructions for those types of shutters.