When it comes to cleaning window shutters you may think of it as a bit of daunting, if not awkward task to undertake and more than likely put it off for as long as you can.
So to help you out and make it a less painful task below we have listed the 3 most common window shutter and how to clean them effectively
Plantation shutters on the outside of the home tend to get especially dirty and plantation shutters inside the homes tend to gather a lot of dust and it is essential that you clean them on a regular basis.
For the interior plantation shutters simply wipe any dust of each individual slat with a dry or a microfiber cloth.
A vacuum cleaner can also do the job with the brush attachment but remember not to have your vacuum on the highest setting buy on a lower one as you can damage the slats.
If you are dusting, dust down from the top to the bottom and work you way across each slat.
Then reverse the slats so you can dust the other side too
Dusting may not always do a good job so clean with a damp cloth instead.
Simply by using half water and half a white vinegar solution with a splash of dish soap and wringing the cloth almost dry can help remove any stubborn dirt.
Remember to clean every part of your blind including those hard to reach areas by the hinges and the louvers.
If you can’ reach them with a damp cloth try using an old tooth brush!
Clean at least once a month as this will stop a build-up of dust and grime.
Real Wood Shutters
One of the most important things to take into account when cleaning wooden shutters is never to ever get them soaking wet!
It is highly recommended to simply dust the shutters on a regular basis so that they maintain their gleam and shine.
To best clean your wooden shutters as with plantation shutters is to dust from the top to the bottom going along each slat as you make your way down with either a dry cloth or one of those fancy microfibre cloths.
At least once a month clean each slate with a dry cloth with a touch of furniture polish or some lemon oil as this will maintain its look.
If your wood shutters are extremely dirty you can simply clean them with a cotton cloth and washing up liquid in warm water but wring the cloth almost dry.
After you have cleaned the blind and slats dry immediately using a clean cloth as you need to protect the wood from any moisture left behind by the clean!
For the shutters on the outside start by using a brush to brush away any loose dirt and leaves that may have accumulated.
Then if you have a hose, hose down the shutters thoroughly before then scrubbing them clean with soapy water and a mop.
Then rinse straight away as if the soapy water is left to dry it can leave unsightly mark and water stains.
Then to complete the clean wipe the shutters dry as before with a dry cloth or a fancy microfiber cloth
As long as you keep a cleaning regime with your shutters and follow the steps we have described above, you will be able to keep them looking as new.
But if you’re thinking of new shutters or blinds, Speak to a specialist like Diamond Window Shutters and they’ll be more than happy to help you select and install the perfect blinds for your home!