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7 Ways to Keep Your Plantation Shutters Looking Fresh and New

Get the Most Longevity Out of Your Shutters

Like anything else, shutters and blinds can become dirty or otherwise deteriorate in condition over time. Everyday hazards to your shutter’s cleanliness include dirty hands, dust, and even daily sunlight. What shutter care can be done to keep them looking brand new? 

It’s important to consider the types of shutters and blinds you have in your home before setting about cleaning them.

If you have these types of shutters, consider the following tips:

1. Wood shutters or blinds.

You should never clean wood shutters with harsh chemicals or excessive amounts of water, or you’ll risk warping or damaging the finish. Use a clean, dry cloth, a feather duster, or vacuum periodically with a soft brush accessory. Clean wood shutters regularly to prevent buildup.

2. Vinyl blinds.

Vinyl blinds are a little less susceptible to water damage than wood shutters. You can remove them completely for deep cleaning. Wash in a large sink or bathtub with warm, soapy water or a mixture of ammonia and water. Wipe clean with a soft cloth and hang to dry.

In between deep cleans, keep dust from building up with a soft cloth, feather duster, or vacuum. Or, spray a mixture of ammonia and water and wipe with a soft cloth or cotton glove. Wipe dry.

3. Metal blinds.

Metal blinds are deep-cleanable like vinyl blinds. However, it is important your metal blinds be dried quickly and thoroughly to prevent rust or tarnish, depending on the metal. Between deep cleanings, use a clean, dry cloth, a feather duster, or a vacuum to remove dust and buildup.

General tips that apply to any blinds include:

4. Try to dust blinds weekly, or at least biweekly, to prevent buildup.

5. Use a ruler wrapped in a soft cloth to dust between narrow blinds. 

6. Never use furniture polish, as it can form a gummy substance with dust that is difficult to remove the next time. 

7. Instead, try a dryer sheet – rub it on the top and bottom of each slat to help repel dust.

For more information about the upkeep and maintenance of your custom shutters and blinds, or for a quote for new shutters, reach out to Kirtz® Shutters.

Sources:

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/surface/caring-for-blinds-shutters-and-shades/

 

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3 Fresh Ideas for New Window Shutters in 2019

These Are Ideas You Need to See for New Window Shutters in 2019

Whether you’re considering window treatments for a new home or simply replacing outdated treatments in your existing home, knowledge of 2019’s window shutter trends could help you make your decision. This year’s trends veer towards a classic look, which means your choice could age well and stay in style for years to come.

These are some window shutter trends for 2019:

1. Plantation shutters. 

While plantation shutters have been around since the plantation mansions of the 18th century, they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Why? Plantation shutters remain just as functional as they were then, allowing easy opening and closing of the louvres. They’re available in a range of hardwoods, and the finishes are highly customizable.

For a classic, traditional look, stick with the beautiful wood grains and finish with a stain complementary to the other woodwork in your home. For a more fashion-forward look, custom shutters can be painted to match your trim work, or seize on the distressed trend with distressed or antique paint finishes.

Honeycomb shades.

2019 is the year many buyers are making strides towards energy efficiency, and honeycomb shades are the only window treatment on this list that qualifies for the energy tax credit. These aren’t your parents’ honeycomb shades – new in 2019, the availability of richer colors has many homeowners choosing honeycomb shades to make a color statement, especially in rooms with a great deal of windows.

Honeycomb shades can fit almost any window size and are customizable to run in either direction. These shades let in a great deal of natural light, another 2019 design trend. In addition, they are often more affordable than some other window treatments.

Textured shades.

In 2019, texture is in. Woven wood shades utilize textures such as reeds, grasses, and weaving to give your window treatments that added bit of texture your room may be missing. Leave them as-is or layer with another window treatment to provide contrast.

For custom shutter options, including motorized versions designed to make your life easier, contact Kirtz® Shutters for an overview. 

Sources:

https://www.decoraid.com/blog/window-treatment-ideas-2019

https://ariaonsite.com/2019-window-treatment-trends-styles/ 

 

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Choosing the Right Shutter Design for Your Home

4 Shutter Design Tips

Choosing the right shutters for your home can be a challenge. You want to find shutters that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and that match your home’s existing features. There are many options on the market with different materials, styles, and prices. Here are four shutter design tips.

  1. Do you prefer café style shutters or full shutters? Café shutters are more economical, as they only cover half of a given window. They are ideal for added privacy, but not great for blocking out light. Full shutters follow the entire pane of the window, covering or uncovering the entire window. Additionally, buyers can opt for double café shutters, meaning two smaller installations stacked on top of each other, rather than one continuous shutter.
  2. Louver sizes matter. If you have larger windows that let in nice natural light, you will likely want to opt for larger louvers. However, smaller is better for small windows in most cases, as it looks more proportional.
  3. Do you want a visible or invisible tilt? Traditional shutters have a tilt bar to grip to change the angle of the shutters. More modern designs feature invisible tilts that have no bar. They have a flatter appearance, similar to plantation blinds. Both are easy to use.
  4. Do you really want shutters all the time? Plantation shutters are beautiful and useful, offering many benefits. Nonetheless, they are more permanent than blinds. You may opt to try shutters in one room before deciding to use them for the whole house, or a larger area. Remember that many people only want shutters in certain areas, such as the kitchen or living room.

If you are interested in seeing custom shutters, plantation shutters, and all the beautiful window shutters on the market, Kirtz® Shutters is here to help!

Sources:

https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-choosing-the-right-shutters-for-your-home-99681/

https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/exteriors/curb-appeal/shutters/

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-choose-right-interior-shutters.htm

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3 Reasons New Shutters Could Save You Money

Why You Should Invest in New Shutters for Your Home

Plantation shutters aren’t just an attractive decorating option; they can also improve the overall value of your home and save you money on energy bills. They help keep energy costs down and preserve the value of your home. There are several important reasons why you might choose to put in shutters, besides the desirable curb appeal. Here are just a few examples, including:

  1. Shutters prevent sun damage. When you close them, it blocks the sun from coming in. Natural light may be beautiful, but over time it can also cause damage to the inside of your home. Most notably, sun damage can ruin wood floors and fine upholstery, such as curtains and couches. They also allow you to easily darken a room for resting or watching television.
  2. Shutters keep air in. Windows are an opening to the outside. Even if windows are well sealed, they still let in some amount of moisture and cold or heat from outdoors. They can add an additional barrier to reduce the impact of some of those elements they can help to keep the house more comfortable and help reduce energy bills. For owners of historic homes, keeping old, intact windows is sometimes necessary due to preservation codes. They can add insulation without changing the windows themselves.
  3. Shutters aid in weather and seasonal concerns and can help to protect your home against seasonal weather damage. There’s a reason why they on picturesque beach homes are battened during hurricanes. They protect the windows from damage, and therefore, protect people inside. In addition to added protection during hurricanes and tornadoes, they provide extra weather insulation whenever it is needed in extreme temperatures.

If you are interested in upgrading your curb appeal, while increasing the efficiency of your home, Kirtz® Shutters can help. Check out our selection today!

Sources:

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-window-attachments

http://www.alternative-energy-geek.com/window-shutters-for-energy-savings.shtml

https://www.houselogic.com/remodel/windows-doors-and-floors/save-money-energy-efficient-window-coverings/

Plantation shutters

Should you stain or paint plantation shutter?

What kind of finish should your plantation shutters have?

Plantation shutters are a fantastic investment, especially if you get them custom made. They have a timeless look and will last for years, decades even. But there are quite a few decisions that need to be made to make sure your plantation shutters won’t go out of style. Kirtz can help and will walk you through step by step with the many decisions to make sure your plantation shutters look the best they can. One of those decisions is whether to paint or stain your shutters. Here are some tips to consider: 

Overall look: Ultimately you want your shutters to match the look of your home. Usually this means matching the shutters to the trim of the home creating a clean, unified look. The trim to most homes is some shade of white so it’s reasonable to expect something like that. However, using a stain can add a certain, refined look to your home so it’s always worth considering both options. 

The Process: Depending on the wood used, it might look better to stain or to paint. In addition, if you choose to paint but decide a stain would look better it’s not as simple as just removing the paint. Often times the wood itself must be swapped out. If you’re not sure, maybe start with a stain and go from there. 

Options: When it comes down to it, if what you want are options, paint will give you far more options than staining. Staining has a very defined look and isn’t able to change colors very easily. Paint can come in almost every color under the sun. If you’re looking to find the perfect color match, paint is probably your best bet. 

If you’re ready to start creating your very own custom plantation shutters, give Kirtz a call today at 800-416-6455!