Wooden window shutters provide privacy, security, and light diffusion for residential homes and businesses, though they are most often valued chiefly for their stately beauty and traditional aesthetic.
As amazing as wood shutters look when brand new, they can pose a cleaning challenge leaving them looking dusty and dingy over time. While they may look beautiful and provide a feeling of safety and security, few homeowners relish the idea of spending an entire weekend hand-cleaning their wood shutters.
This short guide will explore the top tips and tricks to take the frustration out of cleaning wooden window shutters and share the secrets to how to clean shutters like a pro.
The Right Tools For The Job
Every successful cleaning project starts with the proper tools. The right wooden window shutter cleaning tools make the work much simpler and lessen the load of this cleaning chore.
Before tackling any shutter cleaning project, take some time to assemble a cleaning kit containing these must-have wooden window shutter cleaning supplies, tools, and equipment.
Wooden Window Shutter Cleaning Tools:
- Warm Water
- White Vinegar
- Mild Dish Soap
- Cleaning Cloth
- Dusting Tool
- Small Cleaning Brush
- Furniture Polish
- Bristle Broom
- Bucket (to hold cleaning solution)
- Water Hose
- Ladder/Step Ladder
- Vacuum *OPTIONAL
- Pressure Washer *OPTIONAL
Remember that this tool supply list will likely vary depending on the scope of the shutter cleaning chore and whether the project involves cleaning internal or external wood shutters.
Let’s discuss the best way to tackle interior and exterior wood shutter cleaning jobs.
Wood Shutters Exterior
Exterior wooden window shutters give a home a stately appearance. However, constant exposure to the elements can leave them looking more grungy than grand.
Step #1: Remove Debris
Save time and effort by dislodging loose dirt and debris before scrubbing external wood shutters. Dry dirt and other debris will be easier to brush away while dry than wet.
Depending on the size and location of the external wooden window shutters, use either a long-handled or hand broom to sweep away any loose dust, dirt, leaves, and other loose materials.
Step #2: Remove Stubborn Dirt & Debris
After removing as much loose dirt and debris as possible, it is time to work on eliminating stubborn baked-on dirt. There are several options for scrubbing off the stubborn dirt on your external wood shutters.
Manual Cleaning Method
Start by using a water hose to spray down your exterior wood shutters. This first step will help dislodge any large leftover debris and make manual cleaning easier.
Next, create a simple cleaning solution using mild detergent and warm water. Fill a bucket with the foamy mixture and use a mop or cleaning cloth to swab the cleaning solution on the external wood shutters. Use a ladder or step ladder if needed to reach all shutters safely.
After scrubbing any stubborn dirt and debris, use the garden hose to thoroughly rinse any remaining cleaning solution and allow shutters to air dry.
Power Cleaning Method
Those with access to a powered pressure washer can eliminate much of the heavy labor above. Simply fill the pressure washer with the soapy cleaning solution and use the power of the machine to remove stubborn dirt. Rinse shutters after cleaning to remove any remaining soap and allow them to air dry.
Wood Shutters Interior
Interior wooden window shutters require a bit more care during cleaning than external wood shutters. Protective sealant helps protect exterior wood shutters from exposure to the elements, but interior wooden window shutters require care to ensure that excess moisture is not allowed to remain on the wood during cleaning.
Step #1: Remove Dust
Start an indoor shutter cleaning project by removing as much dust, pet hair, and other loose debris as possible. Use a microfiber duster, feather duster, or any other dusting tool to sweep away the dust before deep cleaning. Consider using a vacuum with a brush attachment to make the dusting task even easier.
Step #2: Remove Dirt & Clean Soiled Areas
Create a gentle cleaning solution using warm water, mild dish detergent, and a few drops of white vinegar to help break down any stubborn grime.
Use a soft cleaning cloth dampened with the cleaning solution to carefully wipe off each slat of your wooden window shutters. Consider using a toothbrush or small cleaning brush for a little extra scrubbing power to clean any stubborn stains or remove dirt from corners and edges.
Finish up by wiping away any cleaning residue with a clean cloth dampened with warm water. Use a dry towel to remove any remaining water. Do not allow moisture to remain on interior wooden window shutters.
Step #3: Polish
Finish up the interior wood shutter cleaning process with a protective polish. Use basic furniture polish to give wood shutters a clean shine that repels dirt. Make sure to choose a furniture polish that is designated safe for use on wood furniture to avoid damaging the wood of interior shutters.
A Better Solution
Still not feeling up to tackling that wood shutter cleaning project? That is understandable. Cleaning external and internal wooden window shutters is a full-day task involving a great deal of hard physical labor. There is an easier way. Call in the professionals. There is no need to haul out the ladders and the garden hose. Let the experts at Bailey Boys Services give your internal and external wood shutters a professional deep cleaning.
Bailey Boys’ team of cleaning experts has the knowledge and experience to make short work of even the biggest cleaning projects. From indoor plantation shutter cleaning to power washing an entire exterior with wooden window shutters, Bailey Boys Services will make any home the envy of the block. Call Bailey Boys Services or send a message to schedule a professional shutter cleaning service today.