Last week I got to know the 40+ window shutters that are in our house really, really well. I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but our house was completely painted before we moved in. Our painters sprayed the ceiling, but in doing so, they left super fine paint splatters on our plantation shutters.
I thought about leaving it alone and just living with it, but as I cleaned and dusted, I noticed that the dust was staying on the shutter and sticking into the paint mist. Argh!
I decided to try a couple of methods to see what would work best. I had 40+ shutters to clean, so I had plenty of test subjects!
The first thing I tried was vinegar. It was extremely slow going.
I then tried an all-purpose cleaner spray, and while it did the job, it felt like it got it 85% of the way clean, unless I kept spraying, scrubbing, and wiping it over and over.
It felt like it was taking a long time as well.
Next, I decided to try using a mixture of Dr. Bronner’s soap with hot water, and this was by far the most effective way of getting rid of the dried paint mist.
Basically I mixed enough of the water with the soap so that it was sudsy even on the sponge.
The downside to this method is that it’s extremely drippy. Our tile floors didn’t make it a big deal, but in the bedrooms the carpets did get a little wet, but it wasn’t too bad to air dry it out. You can see the floors on this photo below are a little soapy:
I used the rough side of the sponge, and scrubbed the paint off the blinds. While it was still damp, I wiped it off with a microfiber cloth. Repeated it so many times that I texted my husband that I hated every single window we own. Sobbed a little when I had to go back and clean the blinds I cleaned before because the vinegar didn’t get it fully clean. Sobbed harder when I realized it took over 4 hours in total (with breaks and dinner and playing with my kids) to finish cleaning.
This was definitely one of those projects where I did not have any enjoyment out of it. It’s one of those chores that needed to be done, because it was making the dust stick and looking worse. The tediousness was only made a little easier by listening to a few podcasts.
Have you had any projects or chores where it felt like it would never end? Also, if you have any suggestions on cleaning plantation shutters, please let me know!