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How To Clean Rolling Shutters

Rolling shutters are among the most convenient and low-maintenance home improvements you can make. But, after a while, they can begin to appear dirty and dusty. When they’re deployed, rolling shutters act as barriers between your windows and the elements. Unfortunately, this can lead to a build-up of dirt and other particles that could impact the looks of the shutters. In order to ensure your shutters remain looking like a home improvement, as well as to ensure longevity, you should clean your rolling shutters routinely once or twice a year. In this post from the Texas Rolling Shutters & Screens blog, we’ll discuss the best way to clean your rolling shutters. 

Prepare Your Shutters For Cleaning 

Before you get your shutters wet, you should first wipe away the debris that may be present on the outside of your shutters. By removing these larger particles before getting the surface wet, you can ensure none of them act as an abrasive, scratching the paint of the shutters. These pieces of debris can get stuck between the slats of the shutters, which can be time-consuming and annoying to remove. 

Before getting your shutters wet, use a dry soft rag, shammy, old t-shirt, or even a standard feather duster to wipe them down thoroughly. 

Cleaning Your Rolling Shutters 

Once the shutters have been dry wiped, it’s time to utilize mild detergent and water to further loosen dirt and debris that is stuck to the shutters. Using something like dish soap, use a clean cloth to wipe the entire surface of your rolling shutters. Make sure to not put too much pressure behind wiping down your shutters, but feel comfortable using some elbow grease to get rid of those extra tough spots and stains. Wipe down your shutters up to 3 times to get them looking as good as new. Also, be careful not to wipe side to side, as this can sometimes cause the shutters to become unaligned. 

Use a mild detergent like dish soap or Simple Green and a soft rag like a shammy to wipe away dirt and debris up to 3 times. 

Use A Soft Brush To Clean The Guides Of The Shutters

At Texas Rolling Shutters & Screens, we recommend cleaning the guides of the rolling shutters to ensure proper functionality. With a soft brush, gently scrub the guides of the shutters located on the sides of the installation. Then, using only warm water, wipe them down to clean out any remaining dust and debris. When cleaning the guides, make sure to let them completely dry before rolling them down, as trapped moisture in the guides can damage the shutters. 

Finish Up With A Final Wipe and Dry 

Once you’ve cleaned the guides, use just clean water with no soap to wipe down the interior and exterior surfaces of the shutter. This is to remove any lingering dust and debris, as well as streaks that may have been caused by run down in the process. From there, use a microfiber towel to dry the inside and outside of the shutters so that no dirt gets stuck to them while wet. Once the shutters are dry, you’re done! Keep cleaning and maintenance time to a minimum by repeating this process once or twice a year. 

Need Rolling Shutters In Central Texas? Trust Texas Rolling Shutters & Screens 

At Texas Rolling Shutters & Screens, we provide high-quality rolling shutters at an affordable rate. We’re the experts when it comes to rolling shutters in Central Texas. If you have any questions about our shutters, give us a call or reach out to us online today.