As beautiful as our indoor plantation shutters are, they are notorious collectors of dust and grime. Because of this, homeowners have tried a multitude of ways to clean them and keep them spotless. However, there are only a few effective methods that cause minimal damage to the shutters themselves. These are the best ways to clean your plantation shutters and maintain them for years to come.
Despite their complex appearance, shutters aren’t overly difficult to keep clean once you make a habit of doing so. While they collect dust quickly between their louvers, this dust can usually be easily removed with a feather duster or microfiber cloth. For a thorough job, run your cloth or duster through each of the slats, tapping the top and bottom of each to dislodge any additional dust. Then, to remove any dust that remains, use a small hand vacuum with the upholstery attachment.
If you notice stains or grime on your shutter louvers, dusting alone will not cut it. However, you can’t use harsh cleansers that are inappropriate for the shutters’ material. So to clean your shutters without the risk of damaging them, be sure to use a cloth or glove that’s been dampened with vinegar. Gently rub the cloth over each slat to ensure you’re reaching all the dirtied areas and keep wiping until clean.
Vinegar typically works well as a shutter cleaner because it’s abrasive enough to remove stains but won’t soak into the materials and cause them to warp. Water and water-based cleaners can saturate the wood of your shutters and cause them to deteriorate.
At Millwork Traders, we understand how important your interior shutters are for maintaining the climate of your home as well as your desired privacy and atmosphere. As such, we set out to supply each of our customers with the proper plantation shutter kits for installation and the knowledge of how to take care of them. In doing so, we aim to help you get your home a little bit closer to the castle of your dreams.