The Right Way To Clean Your Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Trevis Bruce 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 shutter. What’s the right way to clean shutters? That’s going to depend on the type of shutters you have in your home. How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters 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 dust cloth (microfiber works best) 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 wipe down 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. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters 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 microfiber cloth 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, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. 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. 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 manufacturer, contact your installer.