How To Clean Your Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Lisa Renee Nieberding A Simple Guide for Cincinnati Residents on How to Clean Shutters If you’re doing your spring cleaning or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Cincinnati shutters is a job that you need to do, and do right. And if it’s not, you could risk permanent stains, discoloration, or damage to the material. So how do you clean your shutters? It depends on what kind of shutters you have in your home. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, check out this video. Cleaning your Cincinnati faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, there’s no wood stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage. Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters: A dusting cloth preferably microfiber) A slightly damp cloth Using a microfiber cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger smudges or messes, wipe them down with a barely damp cloth. Again, don’t use any chemical agents or any abrasive 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 afterwards. How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, try to be careful not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture. Here’s what you’ll need to clean: A microfiber cloth A soft, dry cloth To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the shutter panels and frame a quick once-over with a microfiber dust cloth. For cleaning any blemishes, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t scrub the entire frame with a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical agent, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. For additional cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 513-216-9740. Note: These directions were specifically written for products built by Sunburst shutters. For how to clean shutters from a different company, contact your shutter dealer.