If you're looking for classy window treatments that will give your home a decorative look while giving you privacy, consider purchasing wood plantation shutters. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but plantation shutters will also transform a room without breaking the bank. To get the most out of your investment, you'll need to properly clean and maintain them on a regular basis.
These types of shutters received their name because they were first used on historic plantation homes in the American south and are designed to keep both sunlight and heat out. Typically made of some type of wood, such as oak or maple, plantation shutters lend a casually elegant look to any room in your home. If you're looking for an eco-friendly window treatment, some plantation shutters are constructed of reclaimed wood from barns and other structures or bamboo.
Plantation shutters typically feature larger louvers and inconspicuous tilt rods, making them both easy to use and easy on the eyes. They are also easy to care for when you follow these basic maintenance tips:
1. Dust On a Regular Basis
Depending on how busy your household is, dust your plantation shutters either daily or weekly to keep them looking their best, and to reduce the number of allergens in your home. You may have to dust often if you have pets or kids, or live next to a busy road and regularly have your windows open.
Start by fully opening the slats, and then running a feather duster over each side of every one. Work your way from top to bottom in case debris falls as you dust. You can also use a soft, clean microfiber cloth if you don't have a duster. Simply run the cloth over both sides of each slat, working from one end to the other.
For blinds that are on the dustier side, you can use your vacuum's brush attachment to remove the debris from the slats. The brush will allow you to loosen any stubborn dirt or dust as you vacuum.
2. Wash the Shutters Regularly
On either a monthly or semi-annually basis, such as during spring and fall cleaning, wash the plantation shutters using a gentle cleaner recommended for use on wood. After you've dusted the slats, spray a small amount of the cleaner on a soft cloth and clean the shutters from top to bottom. Again, wipe down both sides of the slats, working from one end to the other.
If the slats are especially dirty or grimy, you may have to switch to a clean cloth during the process. If the slats look dull or faded, consider treating them with a wood conditioner to restore their shine.
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10 November 2022
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