You recently installed some new specialty shutters in your home, or are considering doing so. These aren’t your average vinyl mini-blinds – they’re wooden shutters with adjustable louvers that allow you to control the exact amount of light that enters a room. Getting the most out of your investment means learning how to properly use and care for these shutters.

Choosing the Right Louver Angles

One of the best features of specialty shutters is the ability to change the angle of the louvers. This lets you customize how much light filters into the room. For example, setting the louvers at a 45-degree angle keeps the room bright while still providing some privacy. Rotating the louvers completely closed blocks outside light for naps or watching TV. Take some time to experiment with different angles in each room and find what works best.

Cleaning Louvers and Frames

To keep your specialty shutters looking their best, you’ll need to dust and occasionally wash the louvers and frames. Feather dusters easily remove dust from the louvers. For more thorough cleaning, use a mild soap and water solution and a soft cloth. Avoid harsh cleaners or abrasive brushes, which can damage the wood over time. You’ll also want to make sure the shutters are completely dry before closing them again.

Maintaining Shutter Mechanisms

It’s just as important to keep the shutter hardware clean and lubricated so the louvers, hinges, and tilting mechanisms continue to operate smoothly. Wipe down tracks periodically with a dry cloth to remove dirt and grime that can cause abrasion. A silicone spray lubricant helps hinges, latches and movable parts function properly. Be careful not to get lubricant on the wood louvers, as this causes dust and debris to stick to the surface.

Getting the most from your investment in specialty shutters requires learning the right techniques to operate, clean, and care for them. But the effort pays dividends in terms of added beauty, functionality, and light control in your home. Follow these tips and your new shutters will provide many years of aesthetic appeal and reliable performance. This is why so many people are investing in them. According to IMARC, as of 2021, the global window shutters market size was $3.2 billion. As of 2027, it’s expected to reach $4.6 billion. Are you ready to install new specialty shutters in your home? Call Jon’s Window and Awning today and let us help you find the ones right for you.

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