How To Clean Your New DeVenco Shutters

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Like any fine furniture, your DeVenco shutters will require regular dusting. Your shutters will come from the factory with a fine glossy finish, so cleaning and dusting should be a painless affair.

Use a soft dust cloth or feather duster for dusting. Products like Endust will not harm the finish. Vacuum cleaners often come with a soft brush attachment which may be helpful.

The lambs wool duster, commonly known as a Kiwi duster, is a new product which is ideal for the purpose of dusting louvers. Always dust the louvers in the tilted position.

Never immerse your wooden shutters in water. Warpage can occur when wood absorbs moisture.

Every decade or so, general maintenance and refinishing of your shutters will be required. This maintenance is generally conducted when the room is repainted.


The original finish on your shutters should last 10 or more years with a painted finish; 7 to 8 years with a varnished or natural finish. Whether a change in color is required, or for the purpose of general maintenance, eventually your shutters will require refinishing.

When the time comes for refinishing, you may ship your shutters back to DeVenco with new color specifications or you may choose to contract with a firm locally to refinish them as your house is being repainted.

If you send your shutters to DeVenco for refinishing, be sure to pack them well for shipping. Specify color by paint brand name and formula. Always send a dry sample of the color.

DeVenco will sand, buff, and spot prime if necessary before finishing. Only the finest quality professional grade of paint is used.

Your shutters should be returned to you in 2 to 3 weeks in new or near new condition. Damaged or broken parts will be repaired or replaced, at your request, before refinishing, for a nominal fee.

If you choose to engage the services of a painter, you should be certain that he is well qualified and experienced with operable louver shutters and that he guarantees his work.

  • Use spray equipment for a professional finish
  • Remove all brass hardware
  • Sand and properly prep or prime unfinished surfaces
  • Use a compressed air spray gun
  • Use a professional grade oil or acrylic based paint.


  • Repaint with a brush
  • Paint the brass hinges
  • Paint without preparing the surface properly
  • Use an airless paint gun
  • Use cheap paint

Replacement louvers, hinges, knobs, yoke pins as well as other parts, are available with a simple phone call.

With proper refinishing your shutters should be good for another decade or more of service. With regular and proper maintenance your shutters should last many decades! One need only look at Back Bay Boston or The Battery in Charleston for evidence of 100+ year old shutters still in use today.

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