Every so often, rolling shutters, also known as retractable or rolling shutters, may begin to look dusty and dirty. When rolling shutters are deployed, they provide an excellent barrier between glass windows and the elements, keeping them clean and polished when the shutters are rolled up. This can lead to a build up of grime and other particles that you may want to clean up. Luckily, rolling shutters from Tucson Rolling Shutters & Screens are made with low-maintenance and long lasting materials, so cleaning them off is a breeze. Regular cleanings of every 6 months to a year will keep your rolling shutters looking brand new. Learn more about how to clean rolling shutters in this post from the Tucson Rolling Shutters & Screens blog post.
Step 1: Remove Dust And Debris From The Rolling Shutters
Before getting the shutters wet to any degree, we recommend first wiping away dust and debris that may be on the exterior of your shutters. Removing dust and debris before getting your shutters wet is important since they can be abrasive, causing scratches on the paint of the shutters. Additionally, lingering dirt and dust will start to run down the shutters when wet, causing streaks and marks that may make your shutters appear dirtier. While running down the shutters, small pieces of debris may get stuck in the nooks and crannies of the shutters, which can be a headache to remove.
To wipe down your shutters before getting them wet, use something like a soft rag or shammy, an old t-shirt, or even a standard household duster or microfiber brush. Use this rag or brush to thoroughly wipe down your shutters before getting them wet, starting in the next step,
Step 2: Wipe Down The Rolling Shutters With Dish Soap And Warm Water
Now that you’ve wiped down your rolling shutters while they’re dry, it’s time to start loosening stuck dirt and debris from them. Using a mild detergent, like dish soap, and a clean cloth to wipe the entire surface of your rolling shutters. Don’t put too much pressure while cleaning, but feel free to put some mild elbow grease into it to scrub away any stubborn stains or spots. After your first wipe down of the shutters, go over the surface again with more soap and water using an up and down motion. Be careful not to wipe side to side, as in some rare cases this can cause the shutters to become unaligned.
Step 3: Clean The Guides Using A Soft Brush
To ensure proper functionality of your rolling shutters, we recommend cleaning between the shutter guides. Use a soft brush to gently scrub the guides of the shutters located on the sides of your installation. Then, wipe them down using only warm water to clean out any remaining dust or debris. It’s important to let the guides dry completely before rolling them down again, as trapped moisture can lead to damages to the guides of your shutters.
Step 4: Give The Shutters A Final Wipe & Dry
Once you’ve followed all other steps above, use clean water with no soap to wipe down the exterior and interior surfaces of your shutters. This will remove any remaining dust and debris, as well as streaks or marks that may have run down in the process. After you’ve wiped with clean water, use a microfiber towel to dry the shutters from the inside and outside to ensure that no dirt gets stuck to them while they’re wet. After you’ve dried your shutters, you’re done! Keep shutters clean by repeating these steps every 6 months to a year to make sure cleaning your shutters is always as easy as this.
Have Any Questions About Cleaning Your Shutters? Call Tucson Rolling Shutters & Screens!
If your shutters were installed by the team here at Tucson Rolling Shutters & Screens, feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about cleaning your rolling shutters. Following the instructions of this blog post is the best way to clean rolling shutters, but if you’re not sure, give us a call or reach out to us online to learn more about how to clean rolling shutters.