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The Right Way To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

October 16, 2015
Our Guide for Southern California Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re doing your spring cleaning or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Southern California shutters is a job that needs to be done, and done the right way. But if it’s not, you might risk lasting stains, discoloration, or damage to the material.

What’s the right way to clean shutters? That’s going to depend on the type of shutters you have in your space.

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. 
Cleaning your Southern California faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than wood shutters. Usually, there’s no wood stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood is a little more resilient to scratches or blemishes.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters:

  • A microfiber cloth

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using a dusting cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or dirt. For larger smudges or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners.

A damp cloth is fine to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter when you’re done. 

How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Southern California

When cleaning natural wood shutters, you need to be careful not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A soft, dry cloth

For ridding your wood shutters of dust, all you’ll need to do is give the frame and louvers a quick wipe-down with a dusting cloth.

For cleaning smudges, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You typically don’t want to use a damp cloth unless you have to, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire shutter with it. If you use a damp cloth, always follow up with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical cleaner, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. 

For more cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 888-611-2474.

Note: These directions were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For ways to clean shutters from a different company, contact your installer.