How to Clean Your Shutters in Under 5 Minutes
Shutters are extremely easy to maintain if you know what you’re doing. And whether your shutters are old or new, proper maintenance is essential to extend their life and keep them looking great. If you avoid ever cleaning your shutters, you may be greeted with a shower of dust when you decide to open them. Or worse – your shutters will start to look dull and dreary, making the room feel dated.
So, now we know that shutter maintenance is important, how do we actually get the job done? Follow these tips to clean your shutters with minimal stress.
1. Use the Right Cleaner
The type of shade you have determines how you clean them. For example, wood shutters don’t respond well to moisture and shouldn’t be over saturated. Dust with a microfiber cloth which clings onto dirt and use a small amount of wood polish afterwards. Metal shades can be wiped over with a light soap and water solution.
2. Schedule a Clean Once Monthly
To keep your shutters looking like brand new, schedule a regular monthly clean. If you keep on top of the dust and grime, cleaning will take a few minutes only.
3. Dust Each Slat with a Microfibre Cloth
Microfibre cloths are perfect for cleaning your shutters because they cling to dust instead of pushing it around. Wipe the cloth over each slat side to side, until all the dust has been removed. If you don’t have a microfibre cloth, a feather duster will suffice. But add newspaper under your blinds to catch falling dust.
4. Avoid Getting Wooden Shutters Wet
Prolonged contact with water makes wooden blinds warp or spot. If you do find in-ground stains that need more than dusting, use a vinegar and water solution. Dip your cloth into the mix and wring out so no water drips. Scrub over the stain in a circular motion. When finished, wipe over immediately with a dry cloth preventing any water from settling on the wood.
5. Use a Stronger Cleaning Solution on Metal Shutters
If you have aluminium plantation shutters or another type of metal shutter, these can handle a stronger cleaning solution. Put on gloves and add a small amount of ammonia to warm water. Dip a cloth in the solution and wipe over each slat. Soapy water can be used if you don’t have ammonia.
6. Paint Over any Stubborn Stains
If you’ve tried your best to remove stubborn stains from your wooden shutters and they still won’t budge, paint over with a small amount of shutter paint. Your local Sydney shutter company should be able to provide an exact match shutter paint. Use a clean paintbrush to touch up the dull area and your shutters will look like new again.