Cleaning your accordion shutters takes a couple of hours, but it can mean the difference between storm damage totaling thousands of dollars, and no or minimal damage.
- Sweep dirt off the shutter tracks. Remove dirt from the locking mechanism with a pipe cleaner. Wipe the lock and tracks with a damp cotton cloth to remove any lingering dust and dirt. Wipe the tracks dry with a second cloth.
- Prepare a solution of 4 gallons water and 1 cup dishwashing detergent. Close the accordion shutters, so the entire surface can be cleaned. To get to the inside surface, youâ€™ll need to work from the inside of your home and open the door or window that the shutter covers.
- Soak a sponge in the solution and wring the excess water out. Begin at the top of the shutters and work down. Allow the solution to remain on the accordion shutters for 5-10 minutes so the stubborn grime loosens. Repeat the process. Rinse the shutters with a garden hose â€“ use the spray setting, not the jet setting.
- When youâ€™re done with the outside of the shutters, clean the inside surfaces. Start from the top down, scrubbing the dirt off. Rinse the sponge after cleaning. Obviously, you canâ€™t use the hose to rinse the inside surface, so you need to fill a bucket with clean water. Dry the inside surface with a clean cotton cloth.
At Retracta Screen of the Carolinas, Inc., we are the #1 choice for custom retractable screen solutions in Greenville, SC. If you have any questions about awnings, screens or accordion shutters, feel free to contact us.