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The Easiest Way To Clean Your Plantation Shutters

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

If you have wooden shutters, then no doubt you already know how charming and elegant they can make your home look. Like any other window styling, they need proper cleaning and maintenance to look their best and avoid damage.

We have put together the easiest step-by-step guide on how to clean your wooden plantation shutters, so they remain in excellent condition for years to come.

Lounge chair in front of a large bay window dressed with white wooden shutters next to a lamp

What You Need To Clean Your Shutters

Your EASIEST Step By Step Guide To Cleaning Your Shutters

Step 1 - Close The Shutters

Ensure your shutters are in the closed position; this will make it easier to reach all the surfaces of the shutters you need to clean.

Step 2 - Get Dusting!

Using a dry, soft cloth or microfibre duster, dust the shutters from top to bottom, ensuring you get into all the corners and crevices.

A woman cleaning shutters with a soft bristled bamboo toothbrush

If you have shutters and blinds throughout your home or simply like having a tool for every job, we have found a gorgeous shutter and blind cleaning brush, specifically designed for reaching those tricky areas in between louvres. Made from natural materials, the bristles are soft for the wood to leave your shutters and blinds dust free!


If you want a thorough clean for your PVC shutters, use a soft toothbrush to get into all the nooks such as around hinges or where the louvres meet the frame. This is where dust loves to hide!

Step 3 - Vacuum (Optional)

Only do this step if you have a suitable attachment! Using a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner or a handheld vacuum, vacuum the shutters to get rid of any stubborn dust.

Step 4 - Make Your Cleaning Solution

For PVC kitchen shutters where lots of grime and grease can build up or more stubborn stains, we would advise using a mild cleanser for your shutters.

If you’re short on time, a mild and gentle cleaner such as Kit and Kin’s all purpose cleaner is ideal.

At Feather & Grey Interiors, we love using more natural solutions to help clean our home, so if you want to create your own DIY wood-cleaning solution, simply mix 60ml olive oil, 60ml white vinegar and 10 drops of orange essential oil in a small spray bottle and shake well.

A large carton of white vinegar next to olive oil and lemon essential oil on a window sill

Step 5 - Dampen Cloth

Using a soft cloth or a microfibre cloth, dampen it in the soap or spritz with your natural cleaning solution (for PVC shutters) and wipe down the shutters' louvres, starting from the top and working your way to the bottom. Ensure the cloth is damp and not wet.

Step 6 - Dry Your Shutters

After wiping down the shutters with your chosen solution, using a clean and dry cloth, wipe off any excess water.

A woman cleaning louvres on her shutters with a microfibre cloth

Step 7 - Avoid Any Harsh Chemicals

Avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, or abrasive cleaning agents on the shutters as these will damage the wood.

Cleaning your wooden shutters is a simple task that won't take long but is necessary to keep the shutters looking their best. Follow these simple steps, and your wooden shutters or blinds will be looking and functioning great.

Our aftercare service is always happy to help with any questions you may have. Contact us for further information.

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