The Right Way To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

Kevin McCormack
A Quick Lesson for Jacksonville Residents on How to Clean Shutters

If you’re doing a deep clean or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Jacksonville shutters is a job that needs to be done, and done the right way. If not, you may risk lasting stains, discoloration, or damage to the material.

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

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. 
Cleaning your Jacksonville faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than wood shutters. In most cases, there’s no wood stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood is a little more resilient to scratches or blemishes.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters:

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using a dusting cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or dirt. For larger smudges or messes, rub them down with a barely damp cloth. Again, don’t use any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners.

A damp cloth is fine to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter when you’re done. 

How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Jacksonville, FL

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

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A microfiber dust cloth

  • A soft, dry cloth

To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the panels and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber dust cloth.

For cleaning smudges, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You typically don’t want to use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the dryer the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire shutter with it. If you use a damp cloth, always follow it with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical cleaner, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. 

For more cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 904-289-1663.

Note: These directions were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For ways to clean shutters from a different company, contact your installer.