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How to clean shutters

Tips and advice

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by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 13/10/2016

Updated: 05/12/2019

Read our ‘How to…’ guide to cleaning Hillarys shutters. Find out how to keep your stunning shutters looking sensational with a routine of regular light cleaning.

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The best way to clean wooden shutters

Wooden products do not cope well with excessive moisture. Wood is a natural fibre which responds by swelling and then shrinking back as it dries out. This can result in warping, which in turn leads to ill-fitting shutters. Because of this, we never recommend using excessive amounts of water or liquid cleaning solutions to clean your wooden shutters. Take a dry microfibre cloth or duster and run along the slats to remove dust. You can use a small toothbrush to remove built up debris in the corners.

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Stain removal tips
To keep your shutters dust free, light cleaning with a clean, dry cloth or specialist slat cleaning tool is all you need. Simply tilt your slats to the open position and wipe each slat from the centre to the outer edge. Or, if time is limited, adjust your slats to the closed position and wipe the slats and frame all over with a clean cloth. Use a hand-held feather duster for hard-to-reach areas.

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How to clean stubborn stains
For sticky and stubborn stains that you can’t remove with a dry cloth, rub lightly with a damp cloth until the stain lifts. Do not rub too hard as this may affect the paint or varnish finish on your shutters. Once the stain has lifted, wipe away any excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth.


Cleaning with a vacuum cleaner
Alternatively you can clean your shutters with a vacuum cleaner as long as you have a soft upholstery attachment. Clean your slats in the same way you would with a duster, opening your slats to clean each one, or closing the slats and brushing over the entire shutter. You can also use the attachment to lightly clean the frame surround.


Top tips for cleaning shutters

  • Brush along the slats with a microfibrer duster or cloth to remove dust
  • Use a small toothbrush to remove debris build up in corners
  • Use the soft brush of a hoover to remove dust
  • Avoid using water or harsh chemicals on wooden shutters


We hope you have found this guide to cleaning your shutters helpful. See our other ‘How to… cleaning guides’ for more top tips.


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