How To Clean Interior Shutters10/16/2015Eric Ramsey Our Guide for Tampa Residents on How to Clean Shutters Whether you’re doing a deep clean or just tidying up before a party, cleaning your Tampa shutters is a job that you need to do, and do right. If not, you might risk permanent stains, discoloring, or damage to the material. So how do you clean your shutters? That’s going to depend on the type of shutters you have in your Tampa home. How To Clean Natural Wood Shutters When cleaning natural wood shutters, try to be careful not to do anything overly abrasive that could impact the wood finish or expose the wood to moisture. You’ll want these supplies to clean your shutters: A microfiber cloth A soft, dry cloth To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the panels and louvers a quick wipe-down with a microfiber dust cloth. For smudges or spills, try rubbing first with a dry cloth. You usually don’t want to use a damp cloth unless you have to, and even then, the less damp the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t scrub the entire shutter with the wet cloth. If you’re using a wet cloth, be sure to follow with a dry cloth. Also, don’t ever use a caustic chemical cleaner, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters Cleaning your Tampa faux wood shutters like Polywood® is slightly different than cleaning real wood. In most cases, there’s no finish stain that needs to be protected, and faux wood is harder to scratch or damage. Here’s what you’ll need to clean faux wood shutters: A microfiber dust cloth A slightly wet cloth Using your dust cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or dirt. For larger smudges or messes, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth. As with wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners. A slightly wet cloth is fine to use to clean faux wood shutters, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter afterwards. For more cleaning tips, contact us by calling 813-580-7288. Note: These directions were specifically made for products built by Sunburst shutters. For how to clean shutters from a different company, contact your installer.