How to Clean window shutters Postcat4 15.04.2016 When you first have your plantation shutters installed you are bound to love the way they look in your home. However, as with anything, in order to keep that look lasting you are going to need to keep on top of cleaning and maintain your shutters. Regular cleaning will keep your shutters looking their best and also prevent any dirt build-up which may prove difficult to remove in the future. Having plantation shutters fitted in your home is a big investment and one you will want to look after. How you clean your shutters and what, if any, products you use should depend on what type of shutters you have had fitted. Depending on the material your shutters are made from here are a few tips on cleaning the new addition to you interior design. Wooden plantation shutters It is advisable not to use a lot of water or any harsh chemicals when cleaning your wooden shutters. Using too much liquid can damage your shutters, causing them to warp or even rot. Harsh chemicals can also damage the wood so they should be avoided when cleaning your shutters. The first thing you should do is vacuum your shutters using the brush attachment. This will get rid of a lot of the dust and dirt which has settled on the louvers. Then you should follow this up with a dusting cloth or brush to get up any of the dust which the hoover has missed, concentrate on the places difficult to get to with the vacuum such as where the shutters join the frame. If during this process you notice any dirt or marks on the surface which will not come up with the dry cloth, first try using a small brush. If the mark still won’t come off then slightly wet the brush with water or any gentle cleaning solution and scrub the area. Be sure to dry the area quickly to avoid any damage of warping. Polywood or PVC shutters Any shutter made from synthetic materials can be cleaned using slightly harsher solutions that can be used on the wooden shutters. The best way to begin cleaning is by using the same method explained for wooden shutters. Firstly vacuum using the brush attachment, then go over the shutters with a dry cloth or dusting brush. If you notice and stubborn dirt or marks on the surface, first try just water to remove the dirt and then move on to harsher cleaning products if the mark does not come off.