How To Clean Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Gary Harding A Quick Lesson for Denver Residents on How to Clean Shutters Whether you’re cleaning your whole house or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Denver shutters is a job that needs to be done, and done the right way. If not, you could be looking at lasting stains, faded colors, or damage to the shutter. So how do you clean plantation shutters? It depends on what kind of shutters you have in your home. Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch below. Cleaning your Denver faux wood shutters like Polywood® is a little different than wood shutters. Typically, there’s no finish stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage. Here’s what you’ll need: A dusting cloth preferably microfiber) A slightly damp cloth Using a microfiber cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For bigger stains or messes, wipe them down with a barely damp cloth. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners. A damp cloth is fine to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter after removing the mess. Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters When cleaning natural wood shutters, try to take special care not to do anything that could damage the finish or expose the wood to moisture. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A microfiber dust cloth A soft, dry cloth For ridding your wood shutters of dust, all that’s needed is to give the shutter panels and frame a quick once-over with a dusting cloth. For cleaning smudges, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You normally shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless absolutely necessary, and even then, the less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t scrub the entire shutter with it. If you’re using a wet cloth, always follow it with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical agent, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. For additional details, contact us by calling 720-538-0182. Note: These directions were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For how to clean shutters from a different company, contact your shutter dealer.