Plantation shutters are a wonderful way to add some personality to your home and are a feature that’s sure to grab the eye of anyone who enters. But as the design is a little more intricate than your standard blind, plantation shutters require a little more care to maintain a healthy, striking appearance. In today’s blog, we delve into plantation shutter cleaning and how different kinds of shutters require a different care routine.
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Plantation shutter cleaning: How often should I clean shutters?
It’s recommended you give your shutters a quick dust down once a week to stop debris from discolouring the blades. Intensive cleaning with water and a mild detergent is advised once monthly, so you can get into the nooks and crannies where dust has settled.
What is the Best Way to Clean Shutters (Timber, Plantation, and PVC)?
Timber Plantation Shutters
Timber plantation shutters can be ruined by moisture, as it can cause the timber to warp or break. These types of plantation shutters can be maintained with a simple wipe of a cloth or duster. If the colour has lost its vibrance, furniture polish can also do the trick to restoring some of its colour. Be sure to avoid all liquids and detergents when cleaning shutters and to use a gentle cloth as timber can easily be scratched with an abrasive surface.
PVC Plantation Shutters
PVC plantation shutters are not only low maintenance but easy to clean too. Regular dusting is advised as dust can quickly accumulate in between the shutters and should be done at least once a month to ensure allergy-causing particles don’t build up. For a deeper clean, a damp cloth can be used to wipe down the blades. This can be just water or mixed with a mild detergent – though household cleaners and bleach should be avoided as it can strip the paint.
Aluminium Plantation Shutters
Aluminium shutters are incredibly resilient, making them a great choice for both indoor and external uses. This resilience also makes them very easy to clean, with a simple duster and damp cloth all that is needed to keep them looking new. One of the added benefits of aluminium shutters is that you don’t have to worry about paint chipping, so you can use water and mild detergent. Like PVC shutters, harsh cleaners are best avoided as it can damage the powder coating. If your shutters are external, a hose can be used as well.
What is the Easiest Way to Clean Plantation Shutters? Tips and Tricks!
- When dusting the blades, be sure to start at the top as bits of dust will naturally fall onto the blades below.
- If you live near salt-water and have aluminium shutters, it’s important to clean them more often as the salt air can cause erosion if left to build up.
- Avoid getting metal hinges wet during plantation shutter cleaning, as it can cause erosion.
- Use a hand hoover to remove dust from slats quickly, and a small toothbrush for any tough spots.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our article on plantation shutter cleaning and maintenance. If you’d like to learn more about maintaining your plantation shutters or are looking to buy new ones, you can contact U Blinds today by calling 1300 303 391 or via our online form.