Shutters are a spectacular addition to any home. It gives it a finished look and can polish off any home. What’s important is to maintain your shutters so they can last for years to come. Custom shutters can be quite expensive, but routine maintenance will ensure they stay looking new for as long as possible.
It’s important to know what kind of shades you have and what’s best for maintenance. Below are the types of shades we sell here at Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery.
Vinyl Shutter Maintenance
Hollow, vinyl shutters are easiest to maintain. They are lightweight and are, for the most part, immune to environmental factors. They resist moisture well and can be hosed off during maintenance. Depending on how they’re attached to your home, you may be able to do this yourself. If you are unable to remove them, use a wet cloth with mild detergent to wipe them down.
Composite Shutter Maintenance
This type of shutter is different than the vinyl shutters in that it needs to be dried off. We wouldn’t recommend using a hose on these, but you can still take a wet cloth to wipe them down. Just be sure that they are completely dry after. Composite shutters can be damaged by sitting water.
Wooden Shutter Maintenance
Moisture is a no-no when it comes to wooden shutters. Though they may be sealed with paint or a varnish, they can be sensitive to water. Wooden shutters can become warped and damaged if water sits on them too long. It’s recommended to use a duster or a vacuum to keep wooden shutters clean. Only if necessary should you use a damp cloth and like composite shutters, be absolutely sure they are dry when you’re done.
With any of these types of shutters, be careful what chemicals you use. Abstain from using any chemicals if possible, but if you must use a detergent, make sure it’s mild and use sparingly. Also, use Windex on your windows with care as it can create spots on shutters.
If you have further questions about shutter maintenance or would like to have an in-home consultation with one of our designers to discuss shutters, call Arizona Blinds, Shutters & Drapery in Phoenix. We can create custom shutters of any kind to fit any window in any home.