Plantation shutters are one of our most popular window treatments because they have an elegant and timeless look. They are a great addition for any home, and they can help tie a room together. But because they are unique and very different from other window treatments, they can be a little trickier to clean. We have some of the best methods for cleaning plantation shutters to keep them low maintenance and make your lives easier.
What are plantation shutters?
If you’re not familiar with plantation shutters and why they are so unique, plantation shutters were created to help with the air flow in plantation homes in the hot south. Unlike blinds, plantation shutters usually have rods down the middle to tilt the slats instead of using cords, and they are custom-made for any type of window, no matter the size or shape. Plantation shutters are built to last and don’t need to be replaced in your lifetime.
What are the best ways for cleaning plantation shutters?
Because of the rods in the middle of the plantation shutters, they cleaning plantation shutters can be a little tricky. Thankfully, they are low maintenance and don’t require much cleaning, but when you do need to clean them, here are some ways to do it.
First, you should dust your plantation shutters. You can use a simple feather duster, or there are dusters designed specifically for window treatments that can clean two or three slats at a time. For hard to reach spots, you can use an old toothbrush to reach dust in the smaller spaces. If you want to remove even more dust, you can use a dust buster or a hose attachment on your vacuum. Once you’re finished dusting, you can wipe down the plantation shutters with a dryer sheet to prevent dust from building up in the future.
If your plantation shutters have any stains or dirt and need more than a dusting, do not use water because it can warp the wood in the shutters. Instead, use a small amount of white vinegar to gently wipe down the stains. If you want to freshen up the plantation shutters, you can use furniture polish to really get them to shine.
Get plantation shutters today
If you don’t have plantation shutters yet but you want these low maintenance window treatments for your home, contact Blinds Bros. today for your free consultation.