The Right Way To Clean Interior Shutters

Darren Wong
A Simple Guide for Honolulu Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re doing a deep clean or getting your place ready for a get-together, cleaning your Honolulu shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If not, you might risk permanent stains, discoloration, or damage to the material.

So how do you clean interior shutters? That depends on the type of shutters you have in your space.

Cleaning Wood ShuttersCleaning Faux Wood Shutters

Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Honolulu, HI

When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, you need to take special care not to do anything that could damage the finish or expose the wood to moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber preferred)

  • A soft, dry cloth

If you’re dusting your wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the shutter panels and frame a quick once-over with a microfiber dust cloth.

For deeper cleaning, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless absolutely necessary, and even then, the less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire shutter with the wet cloth. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow up with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical agent, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. 

Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters

Cleaning plantation shutters in Honolulu is a breeze

Cleaning your Honolulu faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is slightly different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, 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 to clean faux wood shutters:

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly wet cloth

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

A damp cloth is ok to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s always good to dry the shutter afterwards.

For additional details, get in touch with us by calling 808-797-2004.

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