How To Clean Your Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Kimball Jones Our Guide for Southern California Residents on How to Clean Shutters Whether you’re cleaning your whole house or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Southern California shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. If it’s not, you might be looking at permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the shutter. So how do you clean plantation shutters? It depends on the type of shutters you have in your Southern California home. Cleaning Real Wood Shutters When cleaning real wood shutters, be sure to take special care not to do anything overly abrasive that could impact the wood finish or expose the wood to moisture. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A microfiber cloth A soft, dry cloth To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the frame and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber dust cloth. For deeper cleaning, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You typically shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless absolutely necessary, and even then, the less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire shutter with the wet cloth. If you use a damp cloth, always follow it with a dry cloth. Also, never use a caustic chemical agent, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters Cleaning your Southern California faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than cleaning real wood. Typically, there’s no finish stain that you need to be careful not to damage, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant. Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters: A dusting cloth (microfiber works best) A slightly damp cloth Using a microfiber cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger stains or messes, wipe them down with a barely damp cloth. Again, stay away from any chemical agents or any abrasive cleaners. A slightly wet cloth is ok to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter after removing the mess. For more cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 888-611-2474. Note: These directions were specifically written for products built by Sunburst shutters. For ways to clean shutters from a different company, contact your shutter dealer.