Now that you’ve had your beautiful shutters installed, you need to make sure that you’re cleaning them properly.
While there are a handful of DIYs on how to clean shutters on YouTube, it can often be confusing to know which cleaner is best to use for shutters, for example, or what the right tools for cleaning shutters are.
For starters, you want to avoid water, sprays or any kind of solution for cleaning wooden shutters, as this could damage or warp the material. In most cases, a soft and dry microfibre cloth is all you need.
Here are more tips for cleaning shutters that you should know:
Cleaning Wooden Shutters: Tips to adhere to
What to clean shutters with is often the first question we get asked. For everyday dust and debris, a good-quality microfibre cloth is all you need, but it’s also important to ensure that you’re using it correctly in order to preserve your shutter’s life – whether you’re cleaning indoor shutters or cleaning MDF shutters.
Removing dust, dirt and debris from the slats
Use a dry microfibre cloth and run it along the slats of your shutter to remove dust and dirt. All you need to do is tilt your slats so that they are in the open position. Now wipe each slat, working your way outwards from the centre to the edge.
However, if you’re pressed for time, you can wipe down your slats in the closed position, wiping the slats and the frame all over with the same dry microfibre cloth.
Removing debris build-up in the corners
Dust can often reside in the corners of your shutter frames and the ends of slats. You can gently push out dust using a clean and soft toothbrush and then wipe away any dust or dirt remnants with a regular dry piece of cloth, although pick one that doesn’t shed any fibres.
Removing any other marks and stains
To clean any sticky and stubborn stains which can’t be removed using a microfibre cloth, use a dry and soft piece of cloth to gently rub those marks and stains until they become loose. Never rub with a hard or aggressive touch or use any cleaning solution, as this can adversely affect the paint/varnish of your shutters.
After you have lifted the stains, wipe away excess moisture with a soft, dry and lint-free cloth.
According to research done by Historic Scotland, heavy curtains reduced heat loss by a mere 14%, whereas winter window shutters helped reduce heat loss by as much as 51%.
Other cleaning options to consider
Some people simply prefer to use alternate methods for cleaning wooden shutters, either because they don’t have enough time or they simply prefer not to use a microfibre cloth.
Whatever the case may be, you can always use a vacuum cleaner with a soft upholstery attachment for effectively cleaning indoor shutters. So, you would be cleaning your slats the same way you would with a microfibre cloth – opening each slat and passing the vacuum cleaner head along each one or just keeping the slats in the closed position and then brushing over the entire shutter and frame.
As you can see, there are no special tools for cleaning shutters or any solutions required – as long as you follow these tips for cleaning shutters, your shutters will remain looking as good as new for many years.