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How To Clean Interior Shutters

October 16, 2015
A Simple Guide for Raleigh Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re cleaning your whole house or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Raleigh shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. And if it’s not, you may risk lasting stains, discoloring, or damage to the shutter.

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

Cleaning Faux Wood ShuttersCleaning Wood Shutters

Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch below. 
Cleaning your Raleigh faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is just a tad different than cleaning real wood. Typically, there’s no wood stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a dusting cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or debris. For bigger smudges or messes, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth. As with wood shutters, stay away from any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners.

A damp cloth is ok to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter afterwards. 

Cleaning Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Raleigh, NC

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

You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters:

  • A microfiber cloth

  • A soft, dry cloth

For ridding your wood shutters of dust, all that’s needed is to give the panels and louvers a quick wipe-down with a dusting cloth.

For smudges or spills, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You normally don’t want to use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t wipe down the entire frame with it. If you use a damp cloth, always follow it with a dry cloth. Also, never use a caustic chemical cleaner, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. 

For additional details, contact us by calling 919-887-9198.

Note: These steps were specifically written for products built by Sunburst shutters. For ways to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.