Plantation shutters are among the most durable window treatments and can last for years if properly maintained. However, their efficient design doesn’t mean you can completely ignore them after installation. Here are a few tips on how to keep your plantation shutters clean.
Fill a container with about a half-gallon of water, preferably distilled water, although it is not required. For more difficult to remove dirt or stains, use a water-based household cleaner or add a small amount of mild soap or detergent to the water.
DON’T use chlorine based cleaners or other cleaners containing organic solvents. These can degrade the surface appearance and durability of the shutters.
Use a soft cloth and dip it into the water and cleaner. Clean both sides of the shutters, watching for the small areas between strings that may be missed by the cloth and require extra attention.
DON’T use cleaning utensils with rough edges that may scratch or damage the louvers (slats).
Dip a dry cloth into a new container of clean water and wipe all the louvers, or slats, of the shutters with the damp cloth. This will remove any remaining cleaning residue, which could reduce the durability of your shutters.
Dry the shutters with a soft, dry cloth. This is important even for synthetic shutters, but VERY important for real wood shutters to avoid warping the shutters from water absorption.
Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions. He and his team have been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .