If you are a homeowner that has plantation shutters, you likely appreciate the increased aesthetic appeal that they bring to your home. You might not be as fond of how dusty they can get and how frustrating they can be to clean, especially if you have not dusted them in awhile. Luckily, if you are having a hard time maintaining your plantation shutters, you likely are using the wrong cleaning method. Here are some tips for maintaining your plantations shutters so that the process is as fast and easy as possible.
1. Clean Often
The first thing that you need to do is set up a schedule for when you clean your plantation shutters and stick with it. You don't want to deal with a huge buildup of dust because it is easier for that dust to get into the crevices and other areas of your shutters that are hard to clean.
2. Clean Quickly Most of the Time
If you are cleaning regularly, such as once a week, you can actually clean very quickly. You have two options available to you. The first option is to take a microfiber cloth and wet it slightly with water or with wood cleaner. Then, simply swipe the cloth across each slat in the shutters. Make sure that you get both sides of each slat in order to ensure that you are able to remove all of the dust. The only downside with this option is that you will need to make sure that you dry the slats if they get excessively wet in order to prevent stains from forming.
The second option is to take your vacuum cleaner with the brush extension and perform the same horizontal motion across each side of the slats. The downside with this method is that it might not be as thorough as using a wipe.
Choose whichever method meets your needs and stick with it.
3. Clean Thoroughly Once in a While
Finally, make sure that you clean the cracks and crevices in your shutters once in a while, such as once a month or once every six weeks, depending on how dusty your shutters get. You can get into these tight spaces and get rid of the dust by using a can of compressed air to force the dust out. Make sure that you do this before you do your regular plantation shutter cleaning because it is going to blow the dust onto the main part of the slats.
To read more or hear more information, talk to a company that specializes in plantation shutters.