How To Clean Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Eric Ramsey A Simple Guide for Gainesville Residents on How to Clean Shutters If you’re cleaning your whole house or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Gainesville shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If it’s not, you might be looking at permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the material. So how do you clean your shutters? It depends on the type of shutters you have in your Gainesville home. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. Cleaning your Gainesville faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, there’s no finish stain that you need to be careful not to damage, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage. Here’s what you’ll need: A dusting cloth preferably microfiber) A slightly damp cloth Using your dust cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or dirt. For bigger smudges or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners. A slightly wet cloth is ok to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter getting rid of the smudge. How To Clean Real Wood Shutters When cleaning real wood shutters, you need to be careful not to do anything overly abrasive that could impact the wood finish or expose the wood to moisture. Here’s what you’ll need to clean: A microfiber dusting cloth 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 microfiber dust cloth. For cleaning any blemishes, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You normally don’t want to use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the dryer the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t wipe down the entire frame with a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, always follow up with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical cleaner, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. For more cleaning tips, contact us by calling 813-602-5966. Note: These directions were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.