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The Right Way To Clean Interior Shutters

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

If you’re doing your spring cleaning 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 may risk permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the shutter.

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

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Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. 
Cleaning your Honolulu faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is slightly different than wood shutters. Usually, 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 your dust 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. Again, 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 always good to dry the shutter afterwards. 

Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Honolulu, HI

When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, be sure 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 dusting 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 a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow up with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use an abrasive chemical agent, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. 

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.