Shutters have a decorative role when installed on the house beyond protecting it against the storm. They will fail to play this role if they are left unattended through cleaning. The cleaning procedure used for your outdoor house shutters determines several factors, including their beauty and lifespan. Here are tips to consider when cleaning exterior shutters.
1. Use a Hose to Spray Water
Shutters are exposed to limited dirt. This means that they might not require a lot of scrubbing to clean. Occasional spraying with a hose will generate sufficient pressure to clear the dust off the shutters.
Using a hosepipe is an easy and convenient way of cleaning shutters because you can get to the top without having to use a ladder. The kind of pressure generated is also sufficient to keep your shutters clean without damaging paint or coating on the surface. Mild cleaning helps to preserve their factory-set surface as well as protect the interior from damage by weather elements.
2. Dust With a Piece of Cloth
Dirt on the surface of shutters is not the hard-core type. Most of the dirt comes from residue dust that does not stick easily on the surface. It is therefore easy to dust it off using a dry piece of cloth.
The cloth should be made of light material that does not scratch the surface. Unless you are doing some thorough cleaning, you should avoid dipping the cloth in water. Water would cause the fine dust particles on the surface to stick on-to your shutters. It becomes more difficult to remove them.
3. Use a Broom to Remove Dust
An ordinary broom or twigs from bushes around the compound can also be used to clear the dust off the surface. You need a rod or ladder to get to the top section of your shutters. Use protective cloths on your eyes and nostrils to protect yourself from dust.
Choose a broom made of light material that does not scratch the surface of your shutters. This method is more productive during the dusty season because dust can easily blow off the surface. Use a piece of cloth or broom before you spray the shutters using water.
4. Avoid Scrubbing the Surface
Any method you use should protect the surface from scratches. Decorative shutters have their surface treated using paint, furnish, and other preservation methods. The use of coarse material to clean the surface would deface your shutter and in the process, reduce its lifespan.
Manufacturers provide instructions on cleaning depending on the material used in the manufacture of your shutters. The kind of treatment on the surface will determine the cleaning method to use. Using a method that has not been approved means that you will damage the surface and thus expose the shutter to weather elements.
5. Use Soft and Approved Detergents
Detergents are mainly used during thorough cleaning to get rid of stains. There are different types of detergents as recommended by shutter manufacturers. It means that not all soaps are fit for cleaning your shutters.
Abrasive detergents will remove dirt and stains from your shutters but will also get rid of the upper coat. This opens up the inner surface to damage by the sun that would cause your shutter to crack. If the shutter is metallic, it remains exposed to rust which shortens its lifespan.
6. Consider the Material Used
The method of cleaning is determined by the materials used in the manufacture of shutters. Shutters made of wood require more caution than those made of metal or synthetic materials. The type of finishing on metal could allow you to use a more coarse material to clean your black shutters. However, the possibility of scratching the surface of painted shutters is high and would, therefore, make them prone to damage.
Shutters made from synthetic materials are easy to clean and maintain. They do not stain easily and are therefore easy to clean. They also do not react with detergents or get scratched during cleaning. Synthetic materials make cleaning easier.
7. Make It a Part of Your Cleaning Routine
Shutters form part of your house and should, therefore, be cleaned alongside other areas. Since they are not prone to dirt, you will take a few minutes to dust, brush or spray with water. Regular cleaning means that you will not be required to engage in extensive cleaning.
Regular cleaning will prevent your shutters from staining. It is staining that causes cleaners to use coarse cleaning cloths and materials or hard soaps. Once cleaning is frequent, you will not have any stains to clean. Regular cleaning will also keep your house looking magnificent because the original color is maintained.
8. Rinse the Shutters
Rinse the soap off your shutters after every cleaning session. Soap is a chemical substance that would react with the surface of your shutters, resulting in changed color or other undesirable reactions. Dirty water may also hold dust and cause patches on the shutters. Water also makes it easy for the dust to settle on the shutters.
Rinsing ensures that no stains remain on the surface. If shutters are unrinsed, they will stain and eventually change color. Failure to rinse also makes it difficult to clean the next time. Follow the procedure provided by manufacturers.
9. Wipe Away Water From the Surface After Cleaning
Water on the surface will attract dirt and debris, making it easier for your shutters to stain again. Use a clean cloth to dry water from the surface of the shutters after cleaning. It eliminates all chances of debris and dust remaining attached to the surface.
Water may also damage the surface of your shutters and expose them to damage. Exterior window shutters made of wood will crack if exposed to water for too long. If the shutters are metallic, water will increase the chances of corrosion. Corrosion damages your shutters and in the process reduces their lifespan. Follow instructions provided by manufacturers when cleaning shutters to protect them from damage.