The Right Way To Clean Interior Shutters10/16/2015Bill Burke A Quick Lesson for Indianapolis Residents on How to Clean Shutters Whether you’re cleaning your whole house or getting your place ready for a get-together, cleaning your Indianapolis shutters is something that needs to be done, and done the right way. And if it’s not, you could risk permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the shutter. What’s the right way to clean shutters? That’s going to depend on what kind of shutters you have in your home. How To Clean Real Wood Shutters When cleaning real wood shutters, be sure to take special care not to damage the finish or do anything that could expose the wood to moisture. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A dust cloth (microfiber works best) A soft, dry cloth To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the shutter panels and frame a quick once-over with a microfiber dust cloth. For cleaning smudges, try rubbing first 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 wipe down the entire shutter with a damp cloth. If you use a damp cloth, always follow up with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical cleaner, or you could risk damaging the wood finish. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters Cleaning your Indianapolis faux wood shutters like Polywood® is just a tad different than wood shutters. Typically, there’s no finish stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: A dusting cloth preferably microfiber) A slightly damp cloth Using a dusting cloth, go over each part of your shutters to remove any dust or debris. For bigger smudges or messes, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe them down. As with wood shutters, stay away from any chemical compounds or any caustic cleaners. A damp cloth is ok to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s always good to dry the shutter after removing the mess. For more details, get in touch with us by calling 317-558-9066. Note: These directions were specifically written for products built by Sunburst shutters. For ways to clean shutters from a different company, contact your shutter dealer.