How To Clean Your Fort Myers Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Charlie Cole and Brady Parker A Simple Guide for Fort Myers Residents on How to Clean Shutters The minute your plantation shutters are mounted on your windows in your Fort Myers house, they look beautiful and dust-free. Since our Polywood and Ovation Shutters are made to last longer than 50 years, they can pick up dust and occasional smudges throughout their life. To keep them a focal point in your home, learn some plantation shutters cleaning tips. Two Ways To Clean Plantation Shutters So that your plantation shutters always shine, use these two cleaning methods. A) Dusting Shutters To help your shutters remain looking their best, they need a gentle dusting every three to four weeks. You should use a dry microfiber cloth or soft rag for dusting. Gently dust the top and bottom of each louver. If it’s been awhile since you’ve dusted, you might need to wipe your shutters down with one cloth and then go back through a second time with a different cloth. Avoid using something that’s abrasive such as a vacuum attachment or scouring pad. B) Shutter Spot Cleaning Yes, regular dusting keeps your plantation shutters looking amazing for decades. However, they’ll require special attention to remove any smudges or build-up. Shutters in your kitchen, dining room, or bathroom will likely require more detailed cleaning. That’s due to the fact that shutters in these rooms are around things that cause smudges or marks like food or liquid. Based on the type of shutters you have will affect the way you spot clean your plantation shutters. Polywood® Shutters Polywood shutters are the most popular type of plantation shutters in Fort Myers.They are built using a synthetic material and are easy to wipe down. Once you’ve dusted the shutter panels, wipe away any spots or smudges with a slightly damp cloth. Wipe dry with a clean rag. Make sure not to use any soap, cleaning agents or anything abrasive. A rag that you’ve slightly dampened with water is the best way to get rid of accidental spills or smudges. Now, the smudges are gone and your Polywood shutters are clean! Ovation® Wood Shutters Getting rid of smudges on an Ovation shutter is very similar to cleaning a Polywood shutter. The first step is to dust it with a dry cloth. If there is still something that is harder to wipe away, then get a rag just barely damp with water and gently wipe the shutter. Dry off it thoroughly when you’re finished. Remember not to use any soap, cleaning agents or anything abrasive.So for locations in your house that are more likely to get dirt or dust on the shutters, install plantation shutters that clean easily such as Polywood. Get More Information On Maintaining Your Plantation Shutters For more information about maintaining your plantation shutters in Fort Myers and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call 239-208-6577 or fill out the form below today! Disclaimer: Our cleaning methods work on all shutters sold by Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions. While they may work on shutters made by other manufacturers, customers of those shutters should contact the manufacturer to obtain any specific cleaning instructions for those types of shutters.