"Get the Most Longevity Out of Your Shutters

Like anything else, shutters and blinds can become dirty or otherwise deteriorate in condition over time. Everyday hazards to your shutter’s cleanliness include dirty hands, dust, and even daily sunlight. What shutter care can be done to keep them looking brand new? It's important to consider the types of shutters and blinds you have in your home before setting about cleaning them.

If you have these types of shutters, consider the following tips:
1. Wood shutters or blinds.

You should never clean wood shutters with harsh chemicals or excessive amounts of water, or you’ll risk warping or damaging the finish. Use a clean, dry cloth, a feather duster, or vacuum periodically with a soft brush accessory. Clean wood shutters regularly to prevent buildup.
2. Vinyl blinds.

Vinyl blinds are a little less susceptible to water damage than wood shutters. You can remove them completely for deep cleaning. Wash in a large sink or bathtub with warm, soapy water or a mixture of ammonia and water. Wipe clean with a soft cloth and hang to dry.

In between deep cleans, keep dust from building up with a soft cloth, feather duster, or vacuum. Or, spray a mixture of ammonia and water and wipe with a soft cloth or cotton glove. Wipe dry.
3. Metal blinds.

Metal blinds are deep-cleanable like vinyl blinds. However, it is important your metal blinds be dried quickly and thoroughly to prevent rust or tarnish, depending on the metal. Between deep cleanings, use a clean, dry cloth, a feather duster, or a vacuum to remove dust and buildup.
General tips that apply to any blinds include:

4. Try to dust blinds weekly, or at least biweekly, to prevent buildup.

5. Use a ruler wrapped in a soft cloth to dust between narrow blinds. 

6. Never use furniture polish, as it can form a gummy substance with dust that is difficult to remove the next time. 

7. Instead, try a dryer sheet – rub it on the top and bottom of each slat to help repel dust."

1. Consult your carpenter or contractor. Rule if the present window casings will withhold the weight of the hinged shutters when opened and closed, or whether added framing will be required.

2. Consider the width of the louver. The louver width affects the appearance as well as the function of the shutters. The wider the louver, the more light and air will be permitted to flow into the room.

3. Choose between wood and vinyl. Wooden, especially faux wood shutters can give the room a warmer feeling. Vinyl shutters work well in rooms that have high moisture or steam content. Vinyl shutters are easy to clean and will not warp. 4. Install the latch on the opposite side of the hinges. The latch is often installed in the centre of the shutter. In some applications it may be desirable to Install the latch near the top or the bottom of the shutter. For example, in a room used by small children you may wish to Install the latch near the top of the shutter.

5. The facility tools needed include a mitre, radial arm or table saw; a jointer, planer or a hand plane; screwdriver; square, paint brush; tape measure; pencil; the shutters, non-mortising hinges, screws, fine sandpaper and touch-up paint or varnish.

Today's homeowner is going to use plantation shutters more for beauty, but they are also prominent for privacy and security. Shutters are often an exquisite option for living rooms, sitting rooms, dens, home libraries and home offices. There is a special feeling that comes from sitting or working in a room dominated by the rich warmth of wood. Sunlight, ventilation and synthetic lighting can all be adjusted to furnish just the right atmosphere.
Plantation Shutters Bring Antebellum Elegance To modern Homes "