While exterior window shutters are a fabulous addition to your home, they deserve your care and attention so they can stay in excellent shape and look stunning no matter how old they get. Here’s discussing a few simple ways in which you can ensure the optimum upkeep and appearance of your exterior window shutters.

Assuming that your shutters are of the highest quality, like the range offered by Decorative Shutters, there is very little chance of wear and tear in the short term. However, there are various external factors that can affect the color, polish, finish, or physical appearance of your shutters. The most common factors include:

1. Tree branches and leaves

If there are tree branches and leaves that are close to your windows, there is a chance that they might brush against the shutters. While this kind of physical contact may not necessarily cause any major damage to the shutters, it may lead to minor scratches.

2. Plants and creepers

Naturally growing creepers have a tendency to cling on to anything around them and it may get difficult to remove the creepers once they hold on to your shutter panes. From a distance, this kind of plant growth may even look good, but in the long haul, it may spoil the paint finish on your shutters.

3. Rain and moisture

For areas that are prone to heavy rainfall and moist air or high humidity levels, exterior wooden shutters may not get enough natural sunlight to dry up. If you have aluminum shutters, environmental elements may not be an issue, but if you have installed wooden shutters, it becomes imperative to ensure that they stay as dry as possible.

4. Dust and debris

The dust has a tendency to stick on surfaces and make them look old or dull. Loose dirt and dry debris, over a period of time, affects the appearance and shine of your exterior window shutters and it is essential that you clean them regularly in order to retain their original look.

5 Tips to Easily Maintain Your Exterior Window Shutters

Composite and wooden shutters are relatively more difficult to clean and maintain (as compared to aluminum shutters). However, you can do a few simple things to ensure that your shutters stay clean and impeccable.

1. Regular inspection

Inspect your exterior window shutters regularly. Shutters are an often-ignored aspect of the house. Unlike your other furnishings, window shutters don’t get the same kind of attention because they are installed externally. However, conduct a simple inspection every once in a while, since it will help you make sure that there is no visible damage to them due to any of the factors mentioned above.  

2. Dusting and vacuuming

Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t very difficult to clean window shutters. In fact, a simple dusting and vacuuming routine (once a month) will help keep them in decent shape. Make sure you use a soft microfiber cloth to dust any loose dirt, debris, or dust off the shutters so that you don’t cause any damage to the surface.

3. Stain removal

Use your dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water to create a soapy mixture. Dip a microfiber cloth in this solution and wipe the shutters clean so you can easily remove any undesirable marks or stains. To clean the hinges and corners, you can use an old toothbrush with soft bristles. Once you have completed this process, use a dry cloth to wipe any excess moisture or water off the surfaces.

4. Service warranty

If your exterior window shutters are covered under warranty from the manufacturer, use them to maintain the units. Doing so will save you the time and effort involved in cleaning the shutters yourself. Most shutter providers offer a warranty on their products for a limited period, so use it while it lasts!

5. Professional cleaning

There are several professional cleaning service providers who can come and clean your window shutters using industry-standard chemicals and tools. Professional cleaners will not only ensure that your shutters look clean, but also offer additional cleaning services for the rest of your house. While it isn’t necessary to avail of such services frequently, you could consider using them once every year. 

Avoid spraying the shutters with your garden hose at high pressures, since this can weaken the finish of the paint on them. Wood, especially, is known to absorb any kind of moisture quite quickly. So, if you have exterior wooden shutters, it is best to avoid using a pressure washer for cleaning.

Remember, no matter how well you maintain your shutters, exposure to natural elements over a long period of time can lead to a certain amount of wear and tear. While maintaining a regular cleaning routine will definitely help extend the lifespan of your exterior shutters, sometimes it might be a good idea to go for a new coat of paint. However, it is important to make certain that you clean and dry the shutters completely before doing any such paint treatment or finishing procedure.

We hope these tips and hacks help you keep your exterior window shutters in pristine condition for a long time!

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At Decorative Shutters, we are known for our assortment of weatherproof, lightweight, long-lasting, and economical window shutters that offer excellent protection, privacy, and natural ventilation. Discover our collection of wood, composite, aluminum, and vinyl shutters (available in a wide variety of designs and styles), or get in touch with our team and we will be happy to help you.