How to Maintain Your Plantation Shutters for Longevity

April 12, 2021

Plantation shutters are a classic and lovely addition to every home. They are stylish, sophisticated, and above all, convenient. Once you’ve invested the time and money to add those beautiful window treatments, you’ll want to keep them looking like new for many years. Here are the tips for maintaining your shutters for longevity.


Your plantation shutters often fail to close properly due to the accumulation of dirt and debris. If you live near or in a windy area, clean them every 4-5 months and pursue the following steps:

  • The shutters must be moved to a ventilated area when being cleaned of dirt and grime.
  • Spray water with a hose.
  • Wash the mud away with soap and a sponge.


Take a dry cloth and clean down the shutters once you’re sure that all dust motes have been cleaned. Try using a wet cloth and a mild soap solution to disinfect painted or synthetic shutters. If required, spot clean wood shutters with a damp cloth – the water should only be used on wood if necessary.

Giving Good Treatment

Plantation shutters, like other types of protective shutters, need a great deal of safety. If you use a wood-based plantation shutter, you can coat it with Tung oil or polyurethane to shield it from harsh sunshine and fluctuating temperature. The majority of experts advise using polyurethane to extend the life of your shutters.  

No Lubricants

Sticky lubricants absorb grime and debris readily so that you can prevent them. It’s safest to buy lubricants from the nearest hardware shop since they’re generally anti-static and offer a strong resistance balance.

Compared to the plastic clips found at the top of each track, you may spray a small amount directly in the center of two guides. To extend the life of the plantation shutters, do this daily.

Handle With Care

You shouldn’t ever rush to open or close the shutters. This has the potential to do a lot of harm. You should also make sure that the shutter is not slamming shut. If you need to close the shutter safely, take your time. It would help if you kept the shutters greased and cleaned daily. It is part of the routine for preventative maintenance. It is critical to increasing the shutters’ total lifespan.

Use the Right Tools

Shutters are made so that you can wash them quickly and efficiently with suitable materials. Plantation Shutters are available in a variety of wood types, including softwood and faux wood. As a result, cleaning them with a dry cloth or a feather duster is easy.

Summing Up

Finally, if you find that a portion of the shutter is chipped or that the paint is wearing off, it is better to employ a specialist to do the maintenance.

From the comfort of your sofa, you can complete the entire repair or replacement process. Make an early appointment with the service provider for proper inspection. Overall, it’s vital to concentrate on proactive maintenance to guarantee that your shutter lasts a long time.



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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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