Your window shutters are one of the essential features of your home. They let light in, help keep the air fresh, and even help keep your home at a comfortable temperature. How can you keep the window shutters on your beautiful Elk Grove home year after year?
Here are expert tips to help you maintain your windows and window treatments for years to come.
- Clean Them with Soap and Water
Your shutters are busy protecting your home from dust, dirt, wind, rain, humidity, and even intruders. It’s no wonder they get dirty! Even windows underneath shutters or other exterior treatments get covered in dirt, spider webs, and pollen. Give your window frames and shutters regular cleanings with mild dish soap and water, taking care to dry them thoroughly to prevent water or soap spots.
- Wash the Glass
Your window shutters won’t look good if the glass underneath is dirty! Your windows won’t let natural light in if the glass is covered in dust, dirt, and grime. Make your windows shine by cleaning the glass with a mixture of one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water in a spray bottle. Spritz and wipe them clean using a lint-free cloth. Don’t forget to clean both sides of the glass. You might be amazed at how much dulling dirt and dust build up inside.
- Protect Your Shutters from the Elements
Your shutters are constantly exposed to the elements, including sunshine. Luckily, some new paints and stains resist fading even in bright light. If you’re in the mood for a new shutter color, this is an excellent opportunity to add a layer of protection for even more longevity. If you decide to change from a painted surface to a stain down the line, you can always strip the paint before applying the new color.
- Check the Locks
As windows and shutters also offer protection, it’s good to do regular checks and maintenance on the locking mechanisms. Check the make sure the locks function well. Try using an anti-stick spray or invest in new ones if they’re sticking.
- Maintain Weatherstripping
While technically not part of your shutters, you should still do regular checks on your window weatherstripping. Run your hand around the edge of the window to feel for drafts or look for signs of sunlight. If the stripping is still sealed and in good condition, clean it thoroughly and apply a light coat of furniture wax for extra protection.
- Mind the Curtains
Your window treatments beyond your shutters are a big part of how your window looks. As such, they need some love and care, too. Do your best to clean and maintain your window treatments, run the curtains through the washing machine or perform general maintenance on your window blinds.
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