Improving the Interior and Exterior of Your Home

Five Items to Help Keep Your Wooden Shutters Clean

Keeping your wood shutters clean makes the exterior of your home look clean and tidy, but cleaning your shutters can be challenging thanks to all of their slats and angles. To make the task easier, take a look at these five essential items. They promise to make the next time you clean your wood shutters a success:

1. A long-handled duster

Ideally, you should dust your shutters once a week to remove dust, dirt, cobwebs and other debris. A feather duster with a long handle is ideal for this purpose because it lets you easily reach into the slats and onto the top of all of your shutters.

2. Vacuum with a soft-brush attachment

About once a month or as needed, augment your dusting efforts with a vacuum. Simply, attach a soft-brush attachment to your vacuum and gently brush and vacuum away dirt.

Start by vacuuming the shutters with the slats upward. Then, slant them downward and repeat the process.

3. A step stool or ladder

If you home is only one level, you likely can reach all of your shutters without help. However, if your home has two or three levels, you need a step stool or ladder. One of these two options is infinitely safer than using a chair or table as those items are not designed to hold your weight.

4. Toothbrush

If your shutters have a lot of crevices or grooves, it may be impossible to remove all of the built-up dust and dirt using dusters or vacuum attachments. For that reason, it can help to have a toothbrush on hand.

If you have natural wood shutters, simply spray your toothbrush with a little furniture polish and agitate the toothbrush in the crevices to remove dust as needed. If you have painted shutters, you can just dip the toothbrush in soap and water.

5. Microfiber mop

Natural wood shutters should ideally be cleaned while they are dry by using vacuums and dusters. However, if you have painted or sealed shutters that can handle a lot of moisture, you can wash them with a rag and some soap and water.

To wipe off excess water, use a microfiber mop. The long handle allows you to easily reach all of your shutters while the microfiber head conveniently and efficiently mops up excess water droplets, preventing the wood from staying wet and removing water marks. If you like, you can even use this type of mop as both your shutter duster and drier.