Make your window shutters stand the test of timeWooden shutters can be a wonderful addition to your home. Not only do you have the ability to control light and privacy, but you can also reduce your energy bills and even add value to your home if you are trying to sell it. Window shutters are more durable than most other dressings. Although they are quite low maintenance, you must look after them and keep them clean so they can continue to provide the privacy and light control that you have become accustomed to.This month, The Oxford Shutter Company give you the perfect guide to cleaning window shutters and whether they should become part of your deep cleaning ritual or how often you should spruce them up.Handy hints and tips to cleaning window shuttersOne of the reasons why more households are opting for window shutters is that they couldn’t be easier to clean and maintain. Simply add them into your weekly household cleaning, and you will be surprised at how easily they stay bright and shiny! Cleaning window shutters has never been easier and below you can find everything you need to get started:Materials to use when cleaning window shuttersA damp cloth or a microfibre clothWarm water or warm soapy waterBrush attachment to your vacuum cleanerA dusterA toothbrushHonestly, these are all the products you will need to keep your window shutters looking sparkly and new. Run a damp cloth or a microfibre cloth over each slat and down the sides of the frames to prevent dust and small debris parts from building up over time. A toothbrush is perfect for getting into the corners of your slats so you can get rid of any debris. Make sure that if you are using a damp cloth, it’s not too wet as this could damage or warp the wood in the long run.We love a microfibre cloth as you don’t have to get these wet for the dust to be collected. A vacuum cleaner also works wonders for collecting any particles that have built up but make sure you are only using the soft brush attachment, so you don’t damage the wood or frames.If you’re worried about cleaning your windows, simply remove your shutter panes and replace them when you have finished. All the shutters from The Oxford Shutter Company come away from the frames without damage and are easily replaced when you are ready.Avoid these products on your window shuttersAll-purpose product cleanersBleachStrong smelling cleaning productsWe advise that you keep these products away from your window shutters. Using strong products and bleach can damage the wood, discolour the surface and shorten the shutters lifespan.Top 5 maintenance checks to make on your window shuttersOne of the many benefits of working with The Oxford Shutter Company is that you get a full 3-year warranty on your window shutters. During this time, if any panes or frames are damaged, let us know, and these parts can be replaced directly from the factory, which will ensure the finish, colour and design are matched perfectly. Thanks to the durability of our window shutters, there isn’t a lot of maintenance checks you need to carry out to keep them going.When you are replacing your panes after cleaning your windows, it’s imperative to ensure that your panes are aligned with the frames and are back in their original position to keep them strong. If you notice any panes at odd angles, you may need to readjust its placing to align it with the frame. If you see any individual slats that have come loose or don’t look quite right, we recommend getting in touch with our shutter team, who will be able to advise you further and order a replacement pane if necessary.When your window shutters are installed, your professional installer will give you all the information and aftercare you need to look after your window shutters and keep them maintained for years to come. This will include a guide to cleaning window shutters and how you can get the best from them for years to come.This may also interest you:2022 improvement with stylish shutters in your homeThe handy Oxford guide to buying shutters from The Oxford Shutter CompanyTop tips to consider when choosing a trusted shutter companyThe Oxford Shutter Company are your local shutter expertsWhen you’re looking for a local shutter company to install your window shutters, you should make sure that The Oxford Shutter Company are your first choice. Here at The Oxford Shutter Company, we have been designing and installing window shutters for over 20 years, and our friendly team know precisely how to keep your shutters in tip-top condition. Cleaning window shutters regularly will help prevent them from becoming damaged and save you a lot of time and money in the future.Whether you’re looking to get your window shutters installed, renovated or restored, our expertise and experience in the shutter industry are second to none. Our services are designed to be affordable and convenient, making them the perfect choice for homeowners. We even come to you for a free design appointment so we can take you through our designs and see your windows firsthand. Our shutter installation services are the ideal solution for both domestic and commercial customers, so contact The Oxford Shutter Company today to find out more.