Plantation shutters are an ideal investment and will save on energy as well as improve the resale value of your home. They offer style and practicality all in one. Regardless of what they are made from, wood or faux wood, they are a great asset to your home and will last for many years to come. However, it’s important to take proper care of them if you want them to last.
Shutters are an ideal investment, however, many people fail to recognize the benefits of shutters and how to care for them. If you want them to look their best, you’re going to have to learn how to properly care for them. Dust and dirt can build up and ruin the look of your shutters. You’ll need to dust and clean them on a regular basis in order to properly care for them.
Cleaning Real Wood Plantation Shutters
Cleaning guidelines are going to vary according to the materials that your shutters are made of. If they are made from real wood they likely have a very high-quality finish on them. This is really easy to clean however, you’ll want to take care not to use water as this can reduce the sheen on your shutters or worse, it can warp the real wood. Simply use a good dusting spray and spray a cloth on a monthly basis and then wipe the shutters down with the cloth. This will collect the dirt and dust. You can also use an old toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies that form in the slats so that you can get the dirt and dust out of those areas as well.
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Cleaning Faux Plantation Shutters
If your shutters aren’t made of real wood they are likely made of some kind of vinyl. Indoor vinyl should be cleaned at least weekly. Tilt the slats both up and down as you clean them so that you get into all of the nooks and crannies and make sure that you also get the tops and the bottoms of the shutters when you’re cleaning.
Vinyl shutters can handle soap and water when they’re being cleaned so don’t be afraid to use some soap and water and elbow grease. Distilled water is recommended due to minerals in tap water that can make vinyl dingy over time. Use a bucket of warm water and a mild soap like a dish soap and make up your sudsy water.
Then simply dampen a soft cloth in the water and wipe the shutters down thoroughly. Use a second cloth that is slightly dampened with clean water and go over them again to remove any soapy residue. Remember small grooves and the slats and take care to wipe these out carefully. Use an old toothbrush if need be to get into every area. Avoid all-purpose spray cleaners as these can be quite harsh on vinyl. Dry the shutters with a towel to prevent spotting.
A huge advantage of vinyl shutters is that they can be used in kitchens and bathrooms as well. Moisture won’t affect these like it would wood. shutters will also collect more grease, oils, and hairspray in kitchens and bathrooms so they may require more frequent cleaning. Keep this in mind when buying and installing shutters. Use the same solution as above and wipe the grease, oils, and hairspray off as often as needed.
Handle With Care
Your shutters should last a long time if you learn to properly care for them. Remember to be gentle and treat them respectfully so that they will last for many years to come. Avoid harsh cleaners and gently open and close the slats when cleaning so that they are thoroughly cleaned.
Avoid leaving them unfastened when opening them all the way as this can cause them to bang in the wind and break.
Check with the manufacturer to see what the proper care instructions are before you buy. Remember to check their website and ask any questions that you have prior to purchase to ensure that you can properly care for your shutters.