Plantation shutters look good, they can make a room look elegant, modern, and classy all at the same time. What’s more, is the right color shutters can make a dull room look brighter or simply complement the existing decor.
However, when it comes to plantation shutter maintenance it may not always be clear how you can look after them. The good news is this article will guide you through 5 simple maintenance tips to make your plantation shutters last a long time.
1 – Rotate the Slats Regularly
Check your shutters at least once a month. Rotate the slats to see if they are working properly. If the blades don’t stay in the position you want them to you can adjust them. There’s usually a square/Phillips drive adjustment screw on both sides of each shutter. Tighten the screws until the slats work properly. Be sure not to over-tighten the screws.
2 – Dust the Slats Regularly
Keep your plantation shutters clean by dusting them regularly. Use a dry dusting cloth or a feather duster and open all of the slats. Dust one slat at a time before turning them so you can dust the other side. If you can reach your slats easily you may want to use a microfiber cloth as it will pick up a lot of the dirt. If you cannot reach the slats easily then a feather duster is ideal.
3 – Wipe Down Any Stains
Shutters that are located in a kitchen or a child’s playroom are much more likely to become stained. However, they are also very easy to keep clean. If your shutters are made from polyvinyl use a damp cloth and wipe away the stains. Shutters such as these are water-resistant and withstand a lot of splashes.
If your shutters are wooden use a slightly damp cloth. Rub the stained area until the stain has gone. The next step is to dry the area with a dry cloth so the wood does not become damp.
4 – Paint Your Shutters Now and Again
A little bit of paint can help to keep your shutters looking good. It can also protect them from deteriorating. Paint your shutters every year or two and be sure to touch them up with some paint each time you notice them looking a little worse for wear. Paint can also hide stains that just won’t come off.
5 – Close the Shutters When They’re Not being Used
It’s important that you close your shutters when they are not being used. This will help to prevent any damage. While you may be able to paint over some damage you may have to replace slats that sustain a lot of damage.
With a little bit of attention and care your plantation shutters can look as good as new for longer. Be sure to take care of them every month so they look good and last for years.