The Right Way To Clean Interior Shutters10/16/2015Curtis Orton A Quick Lesson for San Jose Residents on How to Clean Shutters Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your San Jose shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. If not, you might be looking at permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the material. So how do you clean plantation shutters? That depends on the type of shutters you have in your San Jose home. How To Clean Real Wood Shutters When cleaning real wood shutters, try to take special care not to do anything overly abrasive that could impact the wood finish or expose the wood to moisture. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A dust cloth (microfiber preferred) A soft, dry cloth If you’re dusting your wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the frame and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber dust cloth. For cleaning smudges, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You typically shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless it’s completely necessary, and even then, the less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for smudges or spills – don’t wipe down the entire frame with the wet cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, always follow it with a dry cloth. Also, never use a caustic chemical agent, or you could cause damage to the finish of your shutters. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters Cleaning your San Jose faux wood shutters such as Polywood® is a little different than cleaning real wood. Usually, there’s no finish stain that you need to be careful not to damage, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage. Here’s what you’ll need: A microfiber dust cloth A slightly wet cloth Using a dusting cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For bigger smudges or messes, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners. A slightly wet cloth is ok to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s always good to dry the shutter afterwards. For additional details, get in touch with us by calling 408-831-3373. Note: These directions were specifically made with Sunburst Shutters products in mind. For ways to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.