Top Shutter Maintenance Tips

Window Shutters are without a doubt one of the most hardwearing window dressing options out there and in comparison to the likes of curtains, also happen to be one of the most low maintenance options too. That being said, interior window shutters aren’t totally maintenance free, especially if you want them to last you for many years to comes. In this article, we’re going to look at how you can keep your plantation shutters looking and functioning perfectly with ease.

Maintaining Your Window Shutters

Here are just a few tips to ensure your plantation shutters, whatever they’re made from, look clean and remain in tip top condition.

Regular Maintenance – when we say regular maintenance, we’re simply referring to running a cloth or duster over the louvers on your shutters once a week. Whether you use a dry cloth and polish or a simple damp cloth to gather dust and dirt is up to you; just ensure you give your window shutters a weekly wipe over. For some, a light disinfectant is preferred however, when using chemical based cleaners, we cannot stress enough the importance of sourcing gentle cleaning products to avoid damaging the materials of the window shutters. You may also want to take a vacuum nozzle to the louvres but once again, do this very carefully so as not to damage the louvres themselves.

Deep Cleans – deep cleans will always differ from one material to the next. For real woods we advise using a water based cleaner so as not to negatively affect the wood, causing it to warp. For uPVC, a simple mild detergent in warm water will be ideal. When doing this however, you must use fresh water to rinse the soap suds away before drying with a towel. If however, you’ve found grease to begin building up on your window shutters, if they’re situated within the kitchen perhaps, then a stronger detergent will obviously be needed. Once again however, it’s imperative that you rinse the detergents thoroughly with fresh water after.

Adjustments And Repairs Of Interior Shutters

You may find that over time, louvres can become stiff or loose when opened and closed. If this is the case, you can adjust these yourself using a suitable screwdriver, tightening or loosening as necessary. You may also find scratches appear over time due to normal wear and tear. If this is the case you can of course use a little paint to cover them up however, we do advise contacting the professionals who installed them to touch up any scratches and scuffs.

Speaking with one of the UK’s leading suppliers of interior window shutters, Diamond Window Shutters, they emphasised the importance of hiring the services of professionals when carrying out more in-depth maintenance such as paintwork and louvre adjustments to ensure no further damage is caused. Plantation shutters are indeed a much heavier duty window dressing however, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to wear and tear. Nor does it mean they’re immune to DIY mistakes.

If you’re in need of help when it comes to maintenance for your plantation shutters, contact Diamond Window Shutters today. Their incredible team not only install window shutters up and down the country on a daily basis, they also provide repair and maintenance services too. Call today on 020 83022447.

Can Window Shutters Be Painted?

We’re living in an age of ‘do it yourself’ and let’s not forget a good old ‘hinch’, which leads many people to do what’s known as ‘up cycle’. Whether it’s sanding down and repainting cupboard doors or repurposing lorry tyres into sandpits for the kids, there’s something that we can all sink our teeth into.

As a nation, there’s only one thing we love more than a bargain and that’s a bargain addition to our home that we’ve made with our own hands. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that we have a regular onslaught of questions from clients past and present asking, “Can window shutters be painted?”

Painting Window Shutters: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

If we were to tell you no, window shutters could not be painted, we’d be lying. Many choose to paint their window shutters when they’re looking to update their current interior. Whether they’re looking for a new colour or to simply update their current interior décor, the reason behind doing so is irrelevant. The question we advise clients ask themselves is whether or not they actually know how to do the job properly?

Yes, there are numerous people out there who are able to remove their window shutters from their windows, sand them down and subsequently paint them with ease. Those who are able to do a quality job of this however, are few and far between. The consequences of doing a poor job of this however, are not a good position to be in.

Let’s face it, window shutters are a cheap and cheerful addition to the home. They’re an investment; one that does cost money and in many cases can contribute to the overall value of your home. By performing a second rate job when it comes to painting them, you’ll not only cheapen the window shutters themselves but you could inadvertently reduce the value of your home as a result.

Still not convinced that painting your window shutters isn’t the best idea? Then take a look at this run down of just some of the considerations to make before picking up your paint brush:

  • Unprofessional Job – now we don’t like to doubt your DIY skills but when it comes to repainting your window shutters, it takes a little more than dipping your brush in your favourite tin of paint and splashing it on. You first need to carefully remove them from their current position, be it on a tracked system or screwed into your current walls. They then need to be sanded down, primed and repainted before being placed back into position. It takes experts to manufacture and fit them. While someone with a little knowledge could do the job, you need to ask yourself whether they could do the job to the same standard as one of our team?
  • Could Cost You More In The Long Run – should things go wrong, you could find yourself paying for them to be replaced altogether by ourselves which in the long run, will cost you a lot more than the money you initially tried to save.
  • Takes A Lot Of Time – repainting window shutters isn’t a job that can be done in a single afternoon. It takes several days to sand down, prime and repaint – especially if you intend on doing a proper job of it. Many people underestimate this.
  • Potential To Ruin Their Current Fit – your made to measure window shutters are built to your exact dimension. Take them down and sand them down and you may find you sand them down a little too much, ruining the exact fit you once had.
  • Leave Home Open For Inspection – for many, the whole point of window shutters is to provide their home with privacy and added security. Remove them and you leave your home open for inspection from unscrupulous characters.

Contact Us Today For Quality Window Shutters In An Array Of Colours

While repainting window shutters yourselves isn’t impossible, it is a tough task to carry out correctly. Here at Diamond Shutters however, we have an incredible team who’ll not only create your perfect set of shutters but they’ll do so an in array of colours too.

No matter what style you’re looking for, we can accommodate virtually any colour request with ease. For more information, contact us today on 020 8302 2447.

How to clean window shutters

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.

Dusting

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.

Polishing

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.

Tricky spots

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.

Voila!

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!

A Guide to Shutter Repair

Wooden shutters are one of the best investments you can ever make in your windows. They look great, last long and add value to your home. Made from a range of woods including Basswood, White Teak, and premium off-cut timber, our wooden shutters are built to last. They’re fitted and installed by professionals, ensuring minimal problems in the future.

But problems do arise, and when they do, you need to know how to fix them. Shutter repair can be daunting, raising lots of questions: Can I do it myself? Will I have to call the professionals? How long will it take? What’s a tension screw? We simplify shutter repair in our guide below, addressing solutions to some of the most common shutter problems.

Problem – A Broken Louvre

No matter how strong and sturdy your wooden louvres are, there is always the chance that one might break. Broken louvres can be caused by any number of things: rowdy dogs, a cricket ball thrown in the house, years of rough handling. They are unsightly and reduce the privacy shutters provide.

Solution

Broken louvres are best replaced by professionals. We can measure the louvre and install a new one easily, without removing the entire set of shutters.

Problem – A Dislodged Louvre

Even when properly installed, louvres can eventually slip out of place. Not only is this aesthetically unattractive, but it also reduces light and cold protection.

Solution

You can do this shutter repair yourself. Louvres are held in place by louvre pins – small spring-loaded plastic parts. If the louvre pin is still intact and in place, you can use a flathead screwdriver to hold down the pin while you reinsert the louvre. If the louvre pin is missing, you’ll need to get replacement ones and reinstall the louvre using those. This can be tricky, so you might prefer to call professionals to do the job.

Problem – Louvres Won’t Stay Open

While this isn’t an issue if you have solid shutters, any shutters with louvres can have a problem staying open. This is usually due to louvre tension. With the weight of the shutter’s tilt rod and the force of gravity, louvres want to tilt downwards and close. Tension screws are used to keep the louvres open, and can be adjusted if they keep closing.

Solution

An easy DIY fix – just use a screwdriver to tighten the tension screws. They are located on the outside of your shutter panels. Once tightened, the tension screws should keep the louvres open.

 

Problem – Wood Rot

Wood rot is a common problem caused by a fungus that decays the wood. This fungus thrives in damp environments, so wood rot tends to occur in bathroom or kitchen shutters. If not treated quickly, wood rot can spread throughout your entire set of shutters and become a very costly problem. But don’t despair – if dealt with quickly, you can save your shutters.

Solution

Repairing wood rot requires removal of the damaged wood. If the damage is limited to a small section of your shutter, you can fix it yourself. Use a screwdriver to chip away the rotten area. Mix some auto body filler according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spread into the damaged area with a putty knife. Once the filler has dried, sand until smooth and repaint. You can also buy special treatments to help prevent a relapse of wood rot. If that all sounds like too much, call us instead

Problem – Broken Magnets

If you’ve heard your shutters rattling slightly in their frames, broken magnets might be to blame. To keep the shutter in place when closed, small magnets are mounted in the frame. As they are enclosed in plastic cases, they can break down over time, causing your shutter frame to feel loose.

Solution

You can order and install replacement magnets yourself. Using a screwdriver, simply unscrew the broken magnet and replace with a new one.