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October 16, 2015
A Quick Lesson for Houston Residents on How to Clean Shutters

Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Houston shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. But if it’s not, you may be looking at lasting stains, discoloring, or damage to the material.

What’s the right way to clean shutters? That may vary based on what kind of shutters you have in your Houston home.

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch below. 
 
 
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 is harder to scratch or damage.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a microfiber 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

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Houston, TX

When it comes to cleaning real wood shutters, be sure to be careful not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture.

You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters:

  • A microfiber 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 microfiber dust cloth.

For deeper cleaning, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You typically 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 the wet cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, always 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 made with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.

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