How To Clean Your Interior Shutters10/16/2015Blake Jarman 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 might be looking at lasting stains, discoloration, or damage to the shutter. What’s the best way to clean shutters? That may vary based on the type of shutters you have in your Raleigh home. 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 is harder to scratch or damage. 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, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. 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 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 dust 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 smudges or spills, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You normally don’t want to use a damp cloth unless you have to, 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.