The Right Way To Clean Your Plantation Shutters10/16/2015Charlie Cole and Brady Parker A Simple Guide for Fort Myers Residents on How to Clean Shutters Whether you’re doing a deep clean or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Fort Myers shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. And if it’s not, you could be looking at lasting stains, discoloration, or damage to the shutter. So how do you clean plantation shutters? It depends on what kind of shutters you have in your Fort Myers home. Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, try to be careful not to do anything that could damage the finish or expose the wood to moisture. Here’s what you’ll need to clean: A dust cloth (microfiber preferred) A soft, dry cloth To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the panels and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber dust cloth. For cleaning any blemishes, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless you have to, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t scrub the entire shutter with a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow it with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use an abrasive chemical cleaner, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters Cleaning your Fort Myers faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than cleaning real wood. Usually, there’s no finish stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood is a little more resilient to scratches or blemishes. Here’s what you’ll need: A microfiber dusting cloth A slightly wet cloth Using a microfiber cloth, go over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger smudges or messes, wipe them down with a barely damp cloth. As with wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners. A damp cloth is ok to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s always good to dry the shutter getting rid of the smudge. For more cleaning tips, contact us by calling 239-208-6577. Note: These steps were specifically written with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For ways to clean shutters from a different company, contact your shutter dealer.