How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters

DIY Shutters 18/05/2021 01:59:17 PM

While wood shutters make a great option, there are some very compelling reasons to choose the newer innovation, Faux wood shutters, instead. Aside from the ease of installation, and their durability, Faux wood shutters are also much easier to clean and maintain!

Whether you already own Faux wood, or you’re thinking of adding this DIY faux shutter upgrade to your home, here’s what you need to know about cleaning and maintaining your faux plantation shutters.


How To Clean Faux Wood Shutters

Faux Wood shutters are very easy to clean, it’s one of their major benefits. You have to be very careful when you’re cleaning real wood shutters because large amounts of liquid and water can damage them. With Faux wood, this isn’t a concern as they’re waterproof and you can just wipe them clean.

Cleaning Dust from Shutters

To dust your shutters, simply close the all the shutter slats, and use a feather duster or your duster of choice to remove the dust. The more often you do this, the easier it will be. Next, you can open your shutters to dust in-between the slats, and swing them open to get inside. If you do this before they start to look very dusty, you’ll never have any problems, and your Faux Wood shutters will look as good as the day you got them!

Cleaning Spills and Splashes

We’ve all had a kitchen disaster that resulted in food getting everywhere, right? If some bolognese sauce manages to find its way onto your shutters, or if you had an incident with the blender and your morning smoothie found its way over to your windows, simply take a microfiber cloth and a bit of warm soapy water and wipe down the surface. Do this as quickly as possible, before the mess has a chance to dry and harden.

Faux wood shutters are a man-made, waterproof material, and they can stand-up to many different cleaning methods, but it’s still a better idea to start off gently and to avoid any harsh cleaning chemicals.

If soapy water doesn’t do the trick, you can try a natural cleaning solution. Spot-test it in a corner that’s facing the window, or an area that you don’t normally see (maybe under one of your slats) just to make sure, but odds are you’ll be just fine with any mild cleaners, they’ll wipe right off along with any mess.

How often to clean window shutters? 

Faux window shutters are incredibly low maintenance, so they only need cleaning once every few months or so, unless of course they get marked or dirt ends up on them! In comparison to other material, they don't need to be cleaned as often, making them ideal for busy homeowners. 


What are Faux Wood Shutters Made of?

Faux wood shutters, also referred to as engineered wood, are typically made from medium-density fiberboard that has been coated in PVC. MDF is very light, and the PVC coating makes it incredibly durable and able to withstand all sorts of things that could damage real wood shutters.

The Low Maintenance Benefits of PVC vs Real Wood Shutters

Thanks to the man-made nature of PVC, its ability to withstand the elements, and how easy it is to clean, faux wood shutters are very low maintenance. You don’t have to worry about them warping from weather or moisture in the home since they’re waterproof. You don’t have to worry about using water or other liquids to clean them since they won’t absorb any of it.

You can more or less leave your shutters alone, aside from a quick dusting every now and then, and they’ll remain looking as fresh and new as the day you first installed them. Faux wood shutters are an excellent choice for someone who wants a quality and stylish shutter that's easy to maintain!


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