Plantation shutters are a fantastic long-lasting investment for your home, offering both style and functionality. With a little care, your shutters can look spotless and brand new for years to come. Here are the top 10 shutter maintenance hacks to ensure they stay in top condition.

  1. 1. Avoid Moving Shutter Louvres with Excess Force

Gently adjust the louvres to avoid any damage. Excess force can cause the slats to break or become misaligned, reducing their effectiveness and lifespan.

  1. 2. Dust Regularly

Dust is the enemy of clean shutters! Use a soft cloth or a feather duster to remove dust regularly. This prevents build-up and keeps your shutters looking fresh.

  1. 3. Use Suitable Cleaning Materials

When cleaning your shutters, always use soft, non-abrasive materials. Microfiber cloths are ideal as they effectively pick up dust without scratching the surface.

  1. 4. Make sure to ventilate your shutters

Proper ventilation is key to preventing black mould, especially in humid areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Ensure your shutters get enough airflow to stay dry and mould-free. Make sure to open the window behind the shutters every so often.

  1. 5. Avoid Getting Your Shutters Wet

While it’s tempting to wash shutters with water, it’s best to avoid it. Excess moisture can cause warping and damage, particularly to wooden shutters. Stick to a damp cloth and then thoroughly dry with our Craftwood MDF shutters, Hardwood Shutters, and Pearlwood Shutters. Of course, if you have opted for our Waterproof shutter material you won’t need to worry as much about getting them wet.

  1. 6. No Harsh Chemicals

Harsh chemicals can damage the finish and material of your shutters. Water is all that is needed to keep your shutters in pristine condition without causing harm.

  1. 7. Don’t Use Candles Near Them

Avoid placing candles near your shutters. The heat and soot can damage the material and leave unsightly marks that are difficult to remove.

  1. 8. Move Louvres by the Middle

Always adjust the shutter’s louvres by the middle rather than the edges. This ensures balanced pressure and prevents bending or breaking. If you have shutters with a tilt rod, make sure you gently move them via the tilt rod and not the slats themselves.

  1. 9. Don’t Paint Your Shutters

Painting window shutters can affect their functionality and void any warranties. If you want to change the shutter colour, consult with professionals who can guide you on the best options.

  1. 10. Any Worries? Get in Touch!

If you have any concerns or need maintenance advice, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team of dedicated experts are here to help with general advice or ordering replacement parts. Our shutters are made to last and are easy to maintain so you can enjoy them for years to come.

By following these simple maintenance hacks, your shutters will remain a beautiful and functional part of your home for years. Enjoy the elegance and practicality of well-maintained shutters without the hassle! Shutters are much easier to clean than other window treatments such as curtains and fabric blinds, no special cleaning products are needed and you can leave the shutters in situ whilst you clean!

Ready to start your shutter journey? Get in touch, get a pre-quote, or arrange your survey today!