How To Clean Your Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Cory Cryer Our Guide for Houston Residents on How to Clean Shutters Whether you’re doing a deep clean or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Houston shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If not, you may be looking at lasting stains, discoloring, or damage to the material. What’s the right way to clean shutters? That’s going to depend on what kind of shutters you have in your Houston home. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. Cleaning your Houston faux wood shutters like Polywood® is a little different than wood shutters. Typically, there’s no wood stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood tends to be more scratch-resistant. Here’s what you’ll need: A dusting cloth (microfiber works best) A slightly wet cloth Using your dust cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger stains or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners. A damp cloth is ok to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s always good to dry the shutter getting rid of the smudge. How To Clean Real Wood Shutters When it comes to cleaning real wood shutters, be sure to be careful not to do anything that could damage the finish or expose the wood to moisture. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A microfiber dust cloth A soft, dry cloth If you’re dusting your wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the panels and louvers a quick wipe-down with a dusting cloth. For deeper cleaning, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You usually don’t want to use a damp cloth unless absolutely necessary, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t wipe down the entire shutter with a damp cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, be sure to follow with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use an abrasive chemical agent, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. For additional cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 713-853-9629. Note: These steps were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.