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How to Properly Clean Your Shutters

It’s easy to learn how to properly clean your shutters. The process is really as simple as a weekly vacuum, regular dusting, and the occasional deeper cleaning. It is worth the effort to clean your shutters; if you keep them free from dust and debris, they will continue to look fabulous and regular maintenance will help them function properly. If any of your current window treatments are in need of a replacement, talk to the window treatment specialists at Graham’s & Son. We’ll come right to your home for a free consultation.

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Graber Shutters
Graber Shutters

Vacuum Your Shutters Weekly to Keep Them Looking Amazing

One of the biggest complaints about shutters is having to clean them, but it isn’t as big of a chore as you imagine, especially if you follow some simple regular maintenance tips. Like anything, if you leave your shutters unattended for a long period of time, when you do come to actually clean them it will be a big, time-consuming chore. That is where regular cleaning spurts really help. A quick weekly vacuum will go a long way to keeping your shutters looking great and will mean that you won’t have long and laborious cleaning sessions to face.

Weekly Vacuuming Is Good for Both Vinyl and Wood Shutters

Both vinyl and wood shutters should be vacuumed regularly to keep them looking their best and to help them remain in good working order. You can easily add vacuuming your shutters to your weekly cleaning routine without adding a lot of extra time.

How to Clean Your Shutters with Your Vacuum

Step 1: Place a soft brush attachment onto your vacuum cleaner.
Step 2: Completely close your shutter louvers.
Step 3: Lightly vacuum over your shutters starting at the top and working your way down to the bottom using a side to side motion.
Tip: Be careful not to push too hard on the blind as you move the vacuum over the surface to prevent scratching it.


soft dusting brush
Replacement soft dusting brush

Dirt Devil from Canadian Tire
Dirt Devil from Canadian Tire

Tip: If you don’t have a soft brush attachment, or have lost yours, you can purchase a replacement. Most of these parts are a standard size. The one pictured above is $12.99 at Home Depot.

How to Dust Your Shutters

Purchase a Microfiber Shutter Cleaner that Is Specially Designed to Make Cleaning Easier

There are many different styles of shutter cleaners that will help speed up the dusting process. Instead of having to wipe down each individual louver on your shutter, the cool design on the EasyClean Duster available from Amazon has three microfiber dusting fingers that will allow you to dust multiple louvers simultaneously! This can greatly cut down your cleaning time. You can safely use it on both wood and vinyl blinds and it is washable, re-usable, and refillable.

Easy Clean Duster
Easy Clean Duster

Swiffer 360
Swiffer 360

Use a Duster with an Extended Handle to Reach Your Higher Shutters

If your shutters are quite high up you can also use a Swiffer 360 with a 3-foot handle to help you reach the high spots. The great thing about the Swiffer cloth is it actually picks up and traps the dirt and debris instead of simply moving it around like a regular feather duster does. The following video shows you how to use a Swiffer 360 to clean the louvers of your shutter.


If You Don’t Have a Special Duster, Use This Time-Saving Method

If you don’t have a special duster designed to clean shutters, use the following technique to speed up your dusting time.

Step 1: Take a microfiber cloth and hold it in your hand in a “C” shape.
Step 2: Open the louvers and cup your hand around one louver (your thumb will be under the louver and your finger above).
Step 3: Gently squeeze your thumb and fingers together while you run your cloth across the shutter. This technique will allow you to clean both the top and bottom of the louver at the same time.

The beginning of the following video demonstrates this simple cleaning procedure.


Tip: When you are opening or adjusting your louvers, move one of the centre louvers, not one at the very top or the bottom. Moving a louver on either end will mean that the force of all of the other louvers will be exerted on that one lower or upper hinge of that louver and it may cause it to eventually break.

How to Deep Clean Vinyl Shutters

Once you have dusted your vinyl shutters you may like to give them a more thorough cleaning, do the following:

Step 1: Mix up a solution of mild detergent diluted in water. Use only 5% detergent.
Step 2: Dip a cotton cloth in the solution and wring it out well.
Step 3: Gently rub down the dirty louvers.
Step 4: Rinse the area with clear water to make sure that you have removed all of the excess water.
Step 5: Dry the surface well with a clean cloth.

Palm Beach Vinyl Shutters by Hunter Douglas
Vinyl Shutters by Hunter Douglas

How to Deep Clean Wooden Shutters

If you have finished dusting your wooden shutters and they still seem a bit “blah,” try giving them a deeper cleaning.

Step 1: Take a microfiber cloth and spray it with a wood furniture polish such as Pledge.
Step 2: Gently wipe all of the surfaces of your shutter with the polish, including the tilt bar and frame.
Step 3: Use a toothbrush sprayed with polish to clean the hard to reach spaces such as the corner.

Tip: Never use soap or water on wood shutters. This may cause them to warp.

wooden shutters
Tilia Wooden Shutters by Maxxmar

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