How to Clean Plantation Shutters
Everyone loves the way their plantation shutters look when they are first installed, and keeping them looking that way will require some regular cleaning.
There are a few different ways to clean plantation shutters based on the type of shutter that you have.
You will want to clean your traditional wood shutters without using a lot of water or any harsh cleaning materials. The best way to clean your wood shutters is using a dusting cloth or brush, a vacuum, and a small brush that you can wet.
First you should run the vacuum with the brush attachment over the shutter to grab up most of the dust and dirt. Then you should follow up using the dusting cloth or another small dusting brush to get in to the spaces that the vacuum could not and to check for any materials that were not picked up. During that process you may notice some dirt or other marks on the surface that were not able to be picked up with the dry cloth. You should first try to remove the dirt using the small brush without wetting it at all, but if that does not work you can wet it slightly with water or another gentle cleaning material and scrub the dirty area. Be sure to dry off that area quickly and thoroughly to avoid any warping or damage to the surface of the shutters.
Polywood Shutters or any shutter made from a synthetic material can be cleaned using harsher cleaning materials if needed. The best way is to start off with the same dry methods as used for wood shutters (a vacuum with a brush, a dusting cloth or brush and a smaller brush) and then move on to harsher materials, like cleaning cloths with a prepared cleaning solution on them, as needed.
You should start off by using the vacuum with brush attachment and then use the dusting cloth or small brush to get in the spaces that the vacuum could not, like the spaces where the frame and the shutters meet or the sides of the shutters. Then clean any spots or dirt that did not come off during dusting first using the dry brush and then using with a wetted brush or wet cleaning cloth for any stubborn spots or dirtied areas.
Obviously exterior plantation shutters require a bit of a different tactic since they are harder to reach. But they should still be fairly easy to clean.
First, start by pressure washing or using a hose to get all the loose dirt and material off of the shutter. If you have a powerful pressure washer your job will likely be easier since it will be able to remove most of the dirt on its own.
Second, safely set up a ladder to access the shutters and set yourself up with a brush or cloth and a bucket full of your chosen cleaning material. Dish soap and water will likely work well for most cleaning, but some bleach could help remove stubborn mold or other marks. If you’re using any cleaning materials more harsh than soap and water you may want to test scrubbing in an easily hidden area first to make sure you won’t discolor the shutter.
You simply scrub the shutter clean using the brush or cloth, making sure to stay safe if you’re on a ladder. Once you’re done scrubbing hose off all the shutters to remove any remaining soap.
Cleaning your shutters regularly will help keep them looking new and prevent any major problems removing stuck on dirt or debris.
If you have any questions about cleaning your shutters, don’t hesitate to call your plantation shutter representative.