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Your Guide to Shutter Maintenance

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Shutters can enhance the style of your window…with the right maintenance.

If you’re looking for something different from traditional blinds or curtains, shutters could be a great solution for your Nashville home. They offer a particular sort of elegance to your windows and your overall curb appeal. Of course, shutters require somewhat different maintenance than blinds and curtains. Before you install shutters for your home, make sure you know all the maintenance you’ll have to do to keep them in good shape.

Operating Your Shutters

Outdoor shutters are often left open, giving the home a classic style and curb appeal. If you want more privacy for your home, you can close the shutters and lock them. However, interior shutters offer the same privacy and remain much more accessible. They’re easy enough to open and close, as they’re hinged from the side like a door. If you want to adjust the amount of light let into the windows, simply twist the tilt rod in the center of the shutters to adjust the openness or closeness.

Cleaning Your Shutters

Shutters are easy to clean, but should be given regular attention. Their many crevices makes it easy to collect dust, and overtime, they can build up quite a film. To prevent this, dust them thoroughly with a feather duster at least once a week. Less frequently, you may need to do specific spot cleaning. If you need to spot clean, you can use a damp cloth or a microfiber cloth and gently wipe down the area in question. Furniture polish can help to give your shutters a healthy shine, as well.

Small Shutter Repairs

Sometimes the louvers of your shutters can become too loose or too tight with use. You can fix this by adjusting the tension screw with a Phillip’s screwdriver until the louvers move naturally again. For cosmetic issues such as paint scratches, a foam brush and the right color of paint will usually do the trick. Wood shutters might need the occasional refinishing. Anything more serious will require a window contractor for repairs or replacements.

If you know what you’re doing, shutter maintenance can actually be quite easy. Just contact Zen Windows Nashville today for more information about a project to install shutters or any shutter maintenance that you may need to know.