The Right Way To Clean Your Interior Shutters10/16/2015Kimball Jones Our Guide for San Diego Residents on How to Clean Shutters If you’re doing a deep clean or getting your place ready for a get-together, cleaning your San Diego shutters is a job that you need to do, and do right. If not, you might be looking at permanent stains, faded colors, or damage to the material. So how do you clean your shutters? That may vary based on what kind of shutters you have in your home. How To Clean Real Wood Shutters When you clean real wood shutters, be sure to be careful not to do anything that could damage the finish or expose the wood to moisture. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A dust cloth (microfiber works best) A soft, dry cloth To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all you’ll need to do is give the shutter panels and frame a quick wipe-down with a microfiber cloth. For cleaning any blemishes, 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 the affected area – don’t scrub the entire frame with a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, always follow up with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use an abrasive chemical cleaner, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters Cleaning your San Diego faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than cleaning real wood. Typically, there’s no wood stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood is a little more resilient to scratches or blemishes. 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 bigger smudges or messes, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth. As with wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners. A damp cloth is ok to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter getting rid of the smudge. For more details, get in touch with us by calling 858-956-5822. Note: These steps were specifically made for products built by Sunburst shutters. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your shutter dealer.