How to Clean Your Shutters Like a Pro

Posted on September 14th, 2016

When was the last time you cleaned your shutters? Just like blinds, shutters can collect dirt and dust. They can also attract allergens like pollen and pet hair.

Before you start cleaning, familiarise yourself with how your shutters operate so you can avoid damaging them. All shutters are fixed window coverings that can control the amount of sunlight that enters through the window. Plantation shutters have louvres (slats) that can be opened and closed like blinds. Other types of shutters have either stationary louvres or solid panels.

Shutters can be tricky to clean, especially if they are on the exterior of your home. We’ll show you how to clean both interior and exterior shutters.

Interior Shutters

Lightly cleaning your interior shutters about once a week can keep allergens away. Use your vacuum’s soft brush attachment to vacuum your shutters. If you don’t have a soft brush attachment, you can also use a feather duster or dust cloth.

Start on the top louvre (slat), vacuum across and move on to the louvre just below it. If your louvres rotate, rotate them when you reach the bottom slat, and start from the top again.

About once a month, you should perform a more thorough cleaning job to remove grime that dusting may not clean off. You may need to stand on a ladder to reach higher-up shutters. A safer option is to use a brush attached to an extension pole.

For this more thorough cleaning job, you can use soap and water for most types of shutters. But don’t use it for wood shutters-the water may cause the wood to warp.

For Aluminium, Vinyl or Composite Shutters

Mix 5 mL dish soap with 1 L water. Dip a cloth in the water, and use it to wash the shutters. For cracks and crevices, dip a toothbrush into the soap and water and scrub the crevices. Now, wet another cloth with water, and use it to rinse the soap off the shutters. Finally, wipe the shutters with a dry cloth.

For Wood Shutters

Spray wood polish on a dusting cloth, and wipe the shutters with the cloth. If your shutters have crevices, spray the wood polish on a toothbrush, and scrub the crevices with the toothbrush.

Don’t forget to turn the louvres around and clean the other side. This cleaning process should keep your shutters sparkling clean.

Exterior Shutters

For shutters on the outside of your home, the cleaning process is a bit more complicated. It becomes especially complicated if you live a twostorey house. In this case, you can either stand on a ladder or attach your cleaning tools to extension poles.

Just follow these steps to clean exterior shutters:

  1. Use a soft-bristled cleaning brush to wipe the shutters clean. Sweep and throw away the fallen debris.
  2. Rinse the shutters with a garden hose or pressure washer.
  3. Fill a bucket with four parts warm water and one part dishwashing detergent. Dip a mop into the bucket, and use it to clean the shutters fromtop to bottom.
  4. Rinse the shutters again with the hose or pressure washer.
  5. Wipe the shutters with another clean brush.

If you see mildew on your shutters, you can remove it using one part laundry bleach and five parts water. Try this solution on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t discolour your shutters.

As you go about your weekly or monthly cleaning routine, don’t forget about your shutters. Keeping your shutters clean helps your home look spotless and fresh. It also keeps unhealthy allergens and mildew away from your home.

If your shutters are broken or outdated or if you’d simply like an upgrade to your shutters, call Blind Inspiration today.


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