Tips for Cleaning Shutters – Indoors and Out

Whether they are functional, decorative, or both, shutters add character to your home. Shutters can be for indoor or outdoor use and are crafted of a variety of natural and synthetic materials. When properly maintained, shutters can be a stunning accent to your home. However, if they are neglected, they will become dirty and grimy, losing their natural beauty. In order to keep your shutters looking their best, regularly cleaning them is essential.

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Tips for cleaning indoor shutters:

  1. At least once a week (more if you live in a dusty area or have lots of pollen or pet dander) vacuum your shutters.  Using the soft brush attachment, lightly vacuum to remove the unsightly, and allergenic, debris before it has a chance to really build up.
  2. At least once a month, clean your shutters.  Wipe them down with a slightly damp (not wet) cloth for a quick clean up.  If necessary, spray a cleaning cloth with a wood spray, like Pledge, and clean your wooden shutters with it.  Painted or vinyl shutters can be cleaned with a rag dampened in warm sudsy water and wiped with a cloth dampened in clear water.  Wipe again with a dry towel.  Do not use the soapy water method on wooden shutters.
  3. Pull out the a soft toothbrush and clear out those tiny nooks and crevices.  It may seem like a chore, but doing this regularly will prevent unsightly, gummy buildup that will accrue over time.

Tips for cleaning outdoor shutters:

  1. Using a garden hose with a spray nozzle or a pressure washer, spray your shutters to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris.  Using enough pressure may greatly reduce the amount of scrubbing that will be needed.
  2. Starting at the top, scrub your shutters with a soft-bristled brush or a mop.  If the shutters are high on your house, you will need something with a long handle.  Saturate your brush with a solution of 4 parts warm water to one part dish soap and scrub away.
  3. Use the hose or pressure washer to rinse away the soapy water.  Be sure to rinse thoroughly, because leaving a soapy residue will create an unsightly film.
  4. If you have mildew stains that weren’t removed with the soapy water, scrub again with a solution of 5 parts water to 1 part chlorine bleach.  Rinse thoroughly.

Things to remember:

  1. Always put safety first.  Shutters can be cleaned in place, but not at the expense of your personal health and safety.  If your shutters are too high to reach, always be sure to stand on a sturdy step stool or a ladder of an appropriate height that will allow you to clean without overreaching.  Never stand on a footstool, chair, or table.  These items are not designed to support a standing person and could break, tip, or collapse, causing serious injury.
  2. Before using any other method, always check with the manufacturer and find out their preferred method of cleaning for your shutters.

Tiecen Anderson

In her former life, Tiecen worked in sales and marketing for a large insurance company. Before starting a family, she decided to switch gears and pursue a career that would give her a little more time at home. She finished up her degree from California Sate University in 2008 and started picking up work as a corporate web content writer. She enjoys learning new things every day as she works with a wide variety of clients, like Wasatch Shutter Design.

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