How to Clean Window Shutters

Aside from their beautiful aesthetic appeal, there are many practical benefits of window shutters. They insulate, improve privacy and security, help with soundproofing, and even add value to your home. But it doesn’t stop there. Plantation shutters are incredibly low maintenance and cleaning them is simple, especially in comparison to other window dressings. Purely Shutters have put together this essential guide on how to clean window shutters. Follow our expert-approved tips to keep your internal window shutters looking as good as new.

How to Clean Hardwood Shutters

It might be that you’ve recently been through the shutter installation process and you’re eager to to keep on top of maintaining them. Or perhaps you’re still thinking about whether to invest in plantation shutters and wondering how easy they are clean. The good news is, cleaning wooden shutters is low-effort and hassle-free. The main thing to remember is that wood is a porous material: it absorbs moisture. As such, be sure that you’re not using a lot of water or cleaning solutions when taking care of your new favourite fixture.

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1) Run a duster or dry cloth over the shutters

Open the movable slats and give them a quick once over. Short on time? No problem. Close the slats and clean the whole shutter panel. And don’t forget the frames.

2) Clean the corners

Because they have moving parts, some dirt can build up in the corners and other such nooks. Every once in a while, remember to see to these spots with a soft toothbrush. All it takes is a few seconds.

3) Softly scrub any stains

If you see any stubborn stains, be sure to rub them with a damp cloth. Make sure the cloth isn’t too damp and that you don’t rub too hard. You’ll always want to avoid using any cleaning products which may affect the paint. Once the stain is gone, rub the area with a dry cloth.

How to Keep Polyvinyl Shutters Clean

Because they are completely waterproof, you can keep polyvinyl shutters clean even easier than their wooden counterparts. Simply follow the same process as above, with the only difference being that you don’t have to worry about drying them afterwards. They’ll dry naturally on their own, so no need to clean polyvinyl shutters with a dry cloth at the end.

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Are Window Shutters Easier to Clean Than Blinds?

Different types of blinds have different cleaning requirements, depending on their material. Common cleaning methods include dusting, hoovering, wiping with a damp cloth, or a combination of each of these. This may not sound like much work, but blinds are prolific dust collectors. As such, they require regular cleaning, as opposed to plantation shutters which only need a going over every so often. There are some handy shutter cleaning hacks that make the cleaning process much easier, but these won’t necessarily work the same on blinds.

If you’d like to learn more about how to clean window shutters, then our shutter experts will be happy to offer more advice. Contact us over the phone, or send an email to hello@purelyshutters.co.uk today. Or maybe you’re ready for your free, on-site survey. Request an appointment and start your shutter journey today!

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