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How to clean wooden plantation shutters

Tips and advice

Emily Booth one of the writers at Hillarys

by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 26/01/2021

The best way to clean wooden plantation shutters

Once you have your beautiful new shutters fitted, you'll want to make sure they stay in tip-top condition at your window. However, wooden products do not cope well with excessive moisture. Wood is a natural fibre which responds by swelling and then shrinking back as it dries out. This can result in warping, which in turn leads to ill-fitting shutters.

Because of this, we never recommend using excessive amounts of water or liquid cleaning solutions to clean your wooden shutters. Light cleaning with a clean, dry cloth is all you need for most every day dust and debris.

  1. Take a dry microfibre cloth or duster and run along the slats to remove dust.
    Simply tilt your slats to the open position and wipe each slat from the centre to the outer edge. Or, if time is limited, adjust your slats to the closed position and wipe the slats and frame all over with a clean cloth.
  2. Use a clean, soft toothbrush to remove any built up debris in the corners.
    Dust can collect in corners of the frame and the ends of the slats. Gently push this out with a dry, clean toothbrush and wipe it away with a dry cloth.
  3. Use a damp cloth on any other marks or stains.
    For sticky and stubborn stains that you can’t remove with a dry cloth, rub lightly with a damp cloth until the stain lifts. Do not rub too hard or use any cleaning products, as this may affect the paint or varnish finish on your shutters. Once the stain has lifted, wipe away any excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth.

Cleaning shutters with a vacuum cleaner

Alternatively you can clean your shutters with a vacuum cleaner as long as you have a soft upholstery attachment. Clean your slats in the same way you would with a duster, opening your slats to clean each one, or closing the slats and brushing over the entire shutter. You can also use the attachment to lightly clean the frame surround.

We hope you have found this guide to cleaning your shutters helpful. See our other ‘How to… cleaning guides’ for more top tips.


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