Cleaning Wood Shutters

(sometimes known as “Plantation Shutters”)


What You Will Need:
• Vacuum Cleaner with soft brush attachment 
• Dusting cloth 
• Wood Polish (spray type, such as Pledge) 
• Toothbrush 

The Cleaning Process:
1. At least once a week, sometimes more often (depending upon environmental conditions, such as pet hair, pollen, etc.), using the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner hose, lightly vacuum your shutters to keep them free of excess dust/debris build-up. 
2. At least once every month, spray a dusting cloth with wood polish, and dust the shutters thoroughly. You may need a stepping stool or small ladder to reach your shutters. NEVER stand on a chair or table; these items were not meant to support your standing weight and they could easily tip or break, resulting in injury. If using a ladder or step stool, make sure it is placed on firm, level ground and, if necessary, have someone hold the ladder or stepping stool steady while you perform your job. 
3. If your shutters have small grooves or crevices that collect dust and dirt, spray the toothbrush lightly with your spray polish and use it to clean out the hard-to-reach areas. 
4. Do not use soap and water to clean wood shutters as the water may damage or warp the wood.

Cleaning Vinyl or Poly-synthetic Shutters 


What You Will Need:
• Vacuum with soft brush attachment 
• Bucket 
• Mild Grease-Cutting Dish Soap 
• Warm Water 
• Two wash clothes or cleaning rags 
• Toothbrush 
• Soft, Absorbent Towel 

The Cleaning Process:
1. At least once a week, sometimes more often (depending upon environmental conditions, such as pet hair, pollen, etc.), using the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner hose, lightly vacuum your shutters to keep them free of excess dust/debris build-up. 
2. In a bucket, combine warm water and dish soap to form a sudsy cleaning solution (about 1 teaspoon of dish soap to 1 quart of water). 
3. Dampen cloth in sudsy water, and wash the shutters thoroughly. You may need a stepping stool or small ladder to reach your shutters. NEVER stand on a chair or table; these items were not meant to support your standing weight and they could easily tip or break, resulting in injury. If using a ladder or step stool, make sure it is placed on firm, level ground and, if necessary, have someone hold the ladder or stepping stool steady while you perform your job. 
4. Dampen your second cloth with clean (non-sudsy) water, and rinse away any soap residue. 
5. Wipe the shutters thoroughly with the dry towel. 
6. If your shutters have small grooves or crevices that collect dust and dirt, dip the toothbrush in the sudsy water and use it to clean out the hard-to-reach areas.

Shutter Tips

  1. Selecting plantation shutters with largest louvers are the best for very large windows such as 4 -1/2 inch louver for better visibility. Panels with larger louvers use fewer louvers than smaller louvers. For example, 4-1/2 inch louvers are spaced 4 inch centers, 3-1/2 inch louvers are spaced 3 inch centers and 2-1/2 inch louvers are spaced 2 inch centers.

  2. If the window is less than 35 inches wide, consider using a single panel that hinges to either left or right side of the window. However, customers should determine the number of panels necessary to fill windows as their desires.

  3. Do not assume STAIN or PAINT colors are universal. Vendors could be used the same name of color such as Bright White, Pure White or Mahogany, etc but they could be slightly different in tones and/or shade from each vendor. Always ask to see real sample color before making decision.

  4. Choosing any color of Whites in a dark-room where has very minimum light shining to glow up the room.

  5. Always and completely shut the shutters with West-facing windows in the afternoon and East-facing windows in the morning to reduce the heat in your house .

  6. Choosing Basswood Shutters because they are strong, lightweight, easy to maintain and beautiful wood grain for Stain finish. Possibly, ask for Semi-gloss or High- gloss finishing if necessary for Basswood shutters in high moisture areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.