Best Ways to Clean and Disinfect Your Plantation Shutters According to Type

 

 

Buying groceries and personal hygiene supplies may be on the top list of your essential errands, but keeping our homes virus free is as important too. 

Studies show that COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person or by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces. Research says the virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days and varies depending on temperature and type of surface. 

To stop the spread of the virus, experts recommend cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces thoroughly on a daily basis: door knobs, table, chairs, faucets, toilets, light switches and remote. 

But if you often touch and adjust your plantation shutters, here are the best ways for you to clean and disinfect them according to type. 

If possible, please wear gloves. Make sure to wash your hands before and after cleaning. The perfect time to sing the Happy Birthday Song! 

 

  • PVC Shutters
    1. This material is easy to clean and maintain as it is water-proof. 
    2. The top portion accumulates more dust, so work from the top slat down to the bottom. 
    3. To start cleaning, remove dust using a vacuum cleaner, soft cloth or feather duster. 
    4. Combine distilled water, dishwashing soap or mild detergent. (Do not add bleach)
    5. Damp a soft cloth and clean each slat.
    6. Dry off each slat using another dry clean cloth right after. 
    7. To disinfect, use a disinfectant spray. See approved EPA list here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19
  • Timber Shutters (Basswood, Paulownia and Western Red Cedar)
    1. The top portion accumulates more dust, so work from the top slat down to the bottom. 
    2. To start cleaning, remove dust using a vacuum cleaner, soft cloth or feather duster. 
    3. Avoid the use of water, soap, alcohol or bleach as it may warp or discolour the slats.
    4. But you can use a quality wood cleaner or polish on a soft cloth.
    5. To disinfect, use a disinfectant spray. See approved EPA list here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19
  • Aluminum Shutters
    1. This material is very durable and easy to clean. 
    2. The top portion accumulates more dust, so work from the top slat down to the bottom. 
    3. To start cleaning, remove dust using a vacuum cleaner, soft cloth or feather duster. 
    4. Combine distilled water, dishwashing soap or mild detergent. (Do not add bleach)
    5. Damp a soft cloth and clean each slat.
    6. Dry off each slat using another dry clean cloth right after. 
    7. To disinfect, use a disinfectant spray or wipes. See approved EPA list here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

It’s important to dispose disinfectant wipes, gloves and clothes you’ve used in the cleaning process. If no one from your family has been diagnosed with the virus, doing these recommendations once a week should be enough. 

Our thoughts are with you as we keep ourselves and families safe during these unprecedented times. Below are some references you may check for further information. 

Stay Safe!