The thing about adding furnishings to your home is that, while you are adding value of all sorts, you are also adding another thing to clean. It is irritating to pick out something beautiful for your most public room and then, a month later, have it look shabby because you can’t clean it. Fortunately, one of the advantages of indoor shutters is that they are easy to clean.
Indoor shutters are just very accessible. You can place them well within your reach, so you won’t have to worry about reaching the top of the windows. This is on top of the fact that shutters have a simple shape that you can clean without much trouble. How might you keep them clean?
That really depends on the type of shutter you own. There are many types of indoor shutters, but this post will cover two types of materials. There are wood shutters, which are great in living rooms and such. Cleaning wooden shutters is easy. Once a week, take your vacuum and put the soft brush attachment on the nozzle that you can stretch into corners. Close the shutters so that they are completely vertical. Swipe the brush over the slats from one side to the other. Lightly brush them up and down with the slats closed as well, just for thoroughness. Then close them in the opposite direction and do it again. This will keep the shutters fresh and lovely.
Once a month, you can make your wooden shutters shiny by spritzing a little wood polish on a clean, lint-free cloth and then wiping the slats. You don’t need much polish; just a dab. Wipe gently with the grain of the wood with the slats turned all the way sideways. This way, you will get everything properly dusted. If you are particularly intent on getting rid of all the dust, even from the spots under the ropes, you can take a toothbrush to the crevices.
There are also faux wood shutters that are made of a combination of wood and vinyl. You can dust these just like the wood shutters, but they can also be very easily cleaned with warm sudsy water on a slightly damp cloth. The suds need about a teaspoon of mild dish soap to a quart of water. You can also clean with merely a warm, damp cloth. This is good for spot cleaning, and you can blot up the damp spot with a dry towel. You can use a dryer sheet to dust the shutters, too.
The faux wood shutters do very well with a weekly brushing from the soft brush attachment, just like the wood. Close the blinds all the way, hold the bottom rail, and go over them with the lightest setting on your vacuum with your soft brush attachment. Close your blinds up in the other direction and go over them again.
You can also slightly dampen a sock, microfiber cloth, or a cotton glove with a solution of water and white vinegar and wipe the slats gently. Use just the finger of the glove or the tip of the sock. You will likely have to use more than one sock or glove and rinse them repeatedly. You can let one soak while you use the other one for maximum efficiency. Changing socks or gloves back and forth in this way will make sure the socks are getting all the dust. Just remember to go very light on the vinegar and ring the socks or gloves out thoroughly so the slats don’t get wet. This can help particularly in the kitchen, where some grease might get on your shutters.
Outdoor shutters take a few more steps, sometimes including a power washer. With indoor shutters, you have an easy job that you can incorporate in your normal cleaning routine. So here’s to keeping things simple.