The Right Way To Clean Plantation Shutters

Stefano Diotaiuti
Our Guide for Nashville Residents on How to Clean Shutters

Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning or getting your place ready for a get-together, cleaning your Nashville shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. But if it’s not, you could risk permanent stains, discoloration, or damage to the material.

What’s the best way to clean shutters? That’s going to depend on what kind of shutters you have in your home.

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch below. 
Cleaning your Nashville faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is a little different than cleaning real wood. Typically, there’s no finish stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood is a little more resilient to scratches or blemishes.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters:

  • A dusting cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A slightly damp cloth

Using your dust cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or debris. For larger stains or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. As with wood shutters, stay away from any chemical agents or any caustic cleaners.

A damp cloth is fine to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s always good to dry the shutter when you’re done. 

How To Clean Real Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Nashville, TN

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

You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber works best)

  • A soft, dry cloth

To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the frame and louvers a quick once-over with a dusting cloth.

For smudges or spills, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You typically don’t want to use a damp cloth unless you have to, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t scrub the entire frame with the wet cloth. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical cleaner, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. 

For additional details, get in touch with us by calling 615-236-8530.

Note: These steps were specifically made with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your shutter dealer.