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October 16, 2015
A Simple Guide for Fort Myers Residents on How to Clean Shutters

Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning 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, discoloring, or damage to the shutter.

So how do you clean interior shutters? It depends on what kind of shutters you have in your home.

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How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Influencer Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. 
Cleaning your Fort Myers faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, 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 dust 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 caustic cleaners.

A damp cloth is ok to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s always good to dry the shutter when you’re done. 

How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Fort Myers, FL

When it comes to cleaning natural wood shutters, try to be careful not to damage the finish or do anything that could 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 cloth.

For cleaning any blemishes, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the less wet the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t scrub the entire shutter with the wet 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. 

For more cleaning tips, get in touch with 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.