5 tips for cleaning shutters
Adding a timeless look to any room, plantation shutters are a great alternative to curtains and blinds. This type of window dressing is an interior lover’s dream – thanks to its practical features and refined look that fuses different style elements. Whether you’re adding plantation shutters to your living room or bathroom, shutters are perfect for letting the light shine through or blocking out the world when you want privacy.
Keeping your shutters looking good doesn’t need to be difficult either – there’s plenty you can do to keep them in tip top shape.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to clean plantation shutters, or you just want some advice on how to keep them looking great – check out these practical tips.
Whether you’re using a cloth or a feather duster, regularly wiping your shutters will help remove the build-up of dirt and grime. Feather dusters can get right between the slats, while using a microfiber cloth can lift the dust right off them. Avoid using furniture polish or any other cleaning fluid on your shutters as they can damage the finish on your slats.
If you can’t lift a stain on your shutters with your duster, use a slightly damp cloth and wipe it away gently. It may take a little time to get it totally clean, but gentle pressure means you won’t run the risk of damaging your slats. Avoid spraying any water or cleaning products directly onto your shutter slats, too. If they’re too damp, they could warp and ruin the overall look of your window dressing.
Use your vacuum cleaner
For a quick spruce up, reach for your vacuum. Use the brush attachment and run the hoover hose along the slats and seams of your shutter. The vacuum should pick up any dust in an instant, leaving your shutters looking tip top. Again, don’t press too hard or you could damage the slats. Be sure to vacuum the area around the shutters to make sure the dust hasn’t settled on the window sill or floor nearby.
Getting into those hard to reach places
If you’re a perfectionist who wants to take away every speck of dust, or you’re giving your shutters a deep clean, a dry, clean paintbrush can help you get in those hard to reach places. You can also use your paintbrush to wipe down the slats of your shutter. Be sure to use a soft brush so you don’t leave any marks on your slats.
Preventing the build-up of dust
After you’ve dusted, wiped or vacuumed your shutters, going over the slats with a dryer sheet can help reduce the amount of dust settling on them. You’ll still need to dust them regularly, but the static produced from the dryer sheet should act as a buffer and help prevent a large build-up of dust or grime.
If you routinely wipe down your shutters, you can use a dryer sheet for cleaning them and help keep them dust free. Although if you’re more of an occasional shutter cleaner, it might be best to use a duster first, then run over the shutter slats with a dryer sheet.
From their stylish edge to their functionality, it’s easy to keep your plantation shutters looking good.
Looking for some new shutters? Check out more guidance to choosing plantation shutters.
Check out more practical tips here.