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Care for your Plantation Shutters

How to Care for your Plantation Shutters

Step-by-step instructions on how to best care for your plantation shutters!

DO NOT open shutters away from the window for 24 hours after they are installed, as this gives the caulk and paint time to cure. Louvers can be adjusted up and down if desired.

  • CLEAN with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
  •  A feather duster is recommended.
  • NEVER open shutters with the tilt bar.
  •  Use a tilt bar to open or close louvers only.
  • Open shutters completely when opening or closing your window.
  • DO NOT open or close the window by reaching through the louvers.

HOW TO ADJUST LOUVERS on your wooden shutter.


* There is a tension screw located on both sides of the panels that open. It can be adjusted with a Phillips screwdriver when the louvers will not stay in the desired position or if they are too tight.

(This care will be the same for sliding glass door shutters)

In our blog section, we have listed various tips on how to clean your window coverings. Read this blog for detailed information about cleaning and caring for your plantation shutters and other window treatments.

After installing your plantation shutters, it's crucial to exercise patience and allow adequate time for the components to set correctly. We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours before attempting to open the shutters away from the window. This waiting period ensures that any caulk or paint used during installation has sufficient time to cure effectively, promoting the longevity and stability of your plantation shutters.
Maintaining the pristine condition of your plantation shutters is key to preserving their aesthetic appeal and functionality. For routine cleaning, begin by using a soft, damp cloth to gently wipe down the surfaces of the shutters, removing any accumulated dust or dirt. Following this, ensure thorough drying to prevent any moisture-related issues. For ongoing maintenance, incorporating the use of a feather duster into your cleaning routine can effectively manage day-to-day dust buildup, keeping your shutters looking their best.
The tilt bar serves as a fundamental component of plantation shutters, facilitating effortless adjustment of the louvers to control light and privacy levels. It's essential to adhere to proper usage guidelines by exclusively utilizing the tilt bar to open or close the louvers. Attempting to manipulate the shutters without using the designated tilt bar mechanism may risk causing damage to the shutters' internal mechanisms, compromising their functionality over time.
While it may seem convenient to manipulate the window's operation by reaching through the louvers of your plantation shutters, we strongly advise against this practice. Optimal operation and longevity of both your shutters and windows are best ensured by fully opening the shutters before engaging with the window mechanism. This precautionary measure minimizes the risk of accidental damage to the louvers or strain on the shutter frames, promoting continued smooth operation.

Should you find the need to adjust the louvers on your wooden shutters, a straightforward solution is readily available. Begin by identifying the tension screws located on both sides of the panels that open. Using a Phillips screwdriver, you can make minor tension adjustments as needed. This simple process allows you to customize the resistance of the louvers, ensuring they maintain their desired position without being overly tight or loose.

Whether you have traditional plantation shutters or sliding glass door shutters, the principles of care and maintenance remain consistent. By following the recommended cleaning methods and maintenance practices outlined for plantation shutters, you can effectively preserve the condition and functionality of your sliding glass door shutters. Consistent care ensures that these integral elements of your home continue to enhance its aesthetic appeal and functionality for years to come

Empowering homeowners with the ability to perform minor adjustments is a key aspect of our commitment to customer satisfaction. If you find that the louvers on your plantation shutters require tweaking, rest assured that you can undertake this task yourself. By accessing the tension screws located on the panels that open, you can easily adjust the tension to achieve optimal louver positioning. This user-friendly feature ensures that you can maintain the performance of your shutters with minimal effort.
Establishing a regular cleaning schedule is essential for preserving the pristine appearance and functionality of your plantation shutters. The frequency of cleaning may vary depending on factors such as the dust and dirt accumulation level within your home environment. As a general guideline, we recommend incorporating regular cleaning sessions into your household maintenance routine to prevent grime buildup and maintain the shutters' visual appeal. By proactively addressing dirt and dust, you can extend the lifespan of your shutters and enjoy their aesthetic benefits for years to come.

While caring for your plantation shutters, it's important to exercise caution and avoid certain practices that may compromise their integrity or performance. Firstly, refrain from opening the shutters away from the window too soon after installation, as this may disrupt the curing process of caulking and painting. Additionally, steer clear of using harsh cleaning chemicals that could potentially damage the finish or materials of the shutters. Lastly, resist the temptation to force the louvers into position, as this may result in unnecessary strain on the mechanisms, leading to premature wear and tear.

For comprehensive guidance on caring for your plantation shutters and exploring various window treatment options, we invite you to explore our blog section. Here, you'll discover a wealth of informative articles, tips, and guides designed to assist you in maintaining the beauty and functionality of your home's interior elements. Whether you're seeking cleaning hacks, maintenance tips, or design inspiration, our blog is a valuable resource to support your journey toward creating a stylish and well-maintained living space.
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