Your roller shutters are a great addition to your home, but could require a clean from time to time. Spider webs, water marks and dust are the common things you might need to clean the roller shutter surfaces.
What should I use to clean my roller shutters?
Use the following items on the outside of the shutters.
- Soft cloth
- Small water bucket with warm water
- Washing up liquid
- Soft brush
- Soft cloth
- Garden hose
Step 1. Cleaning the outside of your roller shutters
- Ensure your roller shutters are pulled all the way down, go outside and mix some washing up liquid in the water bucket with some warm water.
- Use a clean sponge and wipe down the roller shutter and remove any dirt or dust particles downwards.
- There may be small particles that get stuck between the slats of the roller shutter.
- Use a garden hose to wash away any cleaning solution.
- You can use a hose and increase the pressure on the hose by nipping the end with your thumb and finger to help with the cleaning process.
- Do not use a high pressure washer on the roller shutters slats as these can potentially damage the roller shutters. Also ensure you do not hose inside the box, as it could affect the electronics inside the motor.
- To avoid getting water marks on your roller shutters, it is a good idea to dry them with a cloth afterwards. Ensure the cloth is dry and use an up and down motion to dry the shutter.
- Once the shutters are dry, roll them up about halfway, it’s time to tackle the inside of the shutter area.
Step 2. Cleaning the inside of the roller shutter.
- Cleaning from behind the roller shutter can be tricky depending on the window shape and size. A sponge on a stick can help get behind the hard to reach places from the inside if you are having trouble. These are available at Bunnings and other hardware stores.
- You can either put the shutter halfway down and clean from the outside. This is good for the bottom half of the shutter. Then it’s a good idea to finish the top part of the inside of the shutter from inside the home.
- By cleaning from the outside first it allows you to get rid of the worst of the dirt or mess without it having a chance of coming in the home.
- Most of the time mess is minimal inside, unless they have been down for weeks and spiders have made a home. Some of the brickwork of the home may also require a clean.
- While the shutters are halfway down it’s a good idea not to apply too much pressure whilst cleaning from the inside out when it is just half way down.
- Spider webs should be removed, use a stick and wind the web around to quickly dispose with minimal fuss, be careful of any spiders that climb out.
- Use the same approach to the inside of the shutter as you did previously with the outside. Use a wet sponge with washing up liquid and clean in an up and downward direction.
- Ensuring all the soap has been removed and finished with a dry cloth.
- Once complete, ensure the roller shutters operate as expected and repeat the process for other roller shutters in your home.
Is it safe to clean Electric Roller Shutters?
You should be able to turn off the roller shutters from your power board or electric box on the side of your home. This will ensure that you have an extra level of safety whilst cleaning your shutters. This would not be a necessary process on battery or manually operated roller shutters.
Do I need to remove the shutters to clean them?
Although you can remove them, its not recommended to take them on and off the wall multiple times as drilling into the same holes they are mounted into can cause issues with keeping the shutter secured to the wall or frame in the long term. For general maintenance its not necessary to remove the roller shutters for a clean.
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