How To Clean Interior Shutters10/16/2015Richard Rampton A Simple Guide for Chicago Residents on How to Clean Shutters If you’re doing a deep clean or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Chicago shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. And if it’s not, you could be looking at permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the shutter. So how do you clean plantation shutters? That depends on the type of shutters you have in your space. Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. Cleaning your Chicago faux wood shutters like Polywood® is a little different than wood shutters. Typically, there’s no wood 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 to get started: 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 stains 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 fine to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter afterwards. Cleaning 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. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A microfiber dust cloth A soft, dry cloth If you’re dusting your 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 smudges, 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 smudges or spills – don’t wipe down the entire frame with a damp cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, always follow up with a dry cloth. Also, never use a caustic chemical cleaner, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. For more cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 847-250-6544. Note: These directions were specifically made with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For ways to clean shutters from a different company, contact your installer.