In addition to boasting a long list of practical benefits compared to other dressings, window shutters have the aesthetic potential to become a central feature of your interior. They can provide a touch of elegance and luxury to rooms of any style, attracting eyes from both guests on the inside and those admiring your home from the outside. Naturally, this gives you all the more reason to keep them up to scratch and clean them properly! Even though they may seem quite tricky to clean at first given their intricate designs replete with nooks and crannies, it’s actually not that difficult. (Hint: it’s honestly just a quick wipe-down every now and then – well worth it!) So if you’re looking to give your home a touch-up and you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help with this handy guide on how to clean window shutters.
First of all, go about dusting your shutters just like you would any other surface or furnishing in your house. After you have tilted the louvers into an open position, use a dry cloth to wipe the dust from the middle of each louver to the stiles at the edge. Alternatively, some people swear by dusting their shutters using a vacuum brush, and this is completely fine so long as you’re delicate with it. If the brush attachment doesn’t fit in between two louvers, don’t force them apart just to get them dusted – close your shutters and dust them all at once with downwards motions, and repeat for the reverse side.
Importantly, you should avoid using a damp cloth or a water treatment on wooden shutters as the material retains moisture. This could lead to your shutters warping over time and not properly fitting within the frame. On the other hand PVC and MDF wood shutters cannot retain moisture in this way, so don’t shy away from giving them a once-over with a wet cloth to remove that surface dust.
To leave your shutters looking smooth and shiny (and if necessary, to remove any stains or marks), apply some furniture polish with a high-quality microfibre cloth. Especially with wooden shutters, you should check to see that there are no chemicals in your polish that could potentially cause damage to the material. You might want to consider using wood polishes rather than all-purpose ones.
When you apply the polish, make sure that you don’t spray it directly onto the shutters and rub it in – for a more even finish, spray a light amount of polish onto the cloth itself and softly buffer each louver on both sides. To ensure that there’s absolutely no moisture left, follow up your beautiful polishing job by using a dry cloth to give them a quick once-over.
If you find yourself either stretched out on tip-toes or balanced on the edge of a chair while dusting your tracked shutters, consider using a feather duster – they’re great for getting right into those awkward spots near the top rail. Make sure that your duster is made from a non-abrasive material to remove the risk of scratching your shutters.
Polishing those really fiddly areas might require using that classic tool of great power and dexterity: the toothbrush. Just a dab of furniture polish on the bristles of a fresh toothbrush applied in circular motions will do the trick. Just remember one again to be gentle, as both wooden and synthetic shutters can be scratched if you use the wrong tools and methods.
Now you can step back and admire your freshly updated shutters – well done! Now that your shutters are looking as good as new, just remember to keep them that way: they’re a beautiful feature of any home, and they absolutely deserve to be kept glossy and fresh. We recommend doing all of the above once a month for the most consistent results. Of course, these steps present a general outline of the cleaning process, but certainly enough to help you get the job done.
For more help with your shutters get in touch with the Diamond Shutters team and we’d be delighted to help!