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05/07/19

Not only do plantation shutters give your house an aesthetic appeal but they are also one of the best investments you will ever make due to their ease of maintenance. The best part about plantation shutters is that they require no hooks, bolts and pleats. You don’t even need the ladder when you decide to install them or do a quick sweep.



The only thing that you have to be conscious about is how to maintain interior shutters properly. If you give them the care they need, they can last up to a life time without being damaged or wearing out. All you need is a little maintenance every once in a blue moon and regular cleaning.

How to clean your interior shutters…

Cleaning your shutters is simple enough. You can adopt any of the follow techniques and you’re set to go:

Dusting

Dusting is perhaps the easiest way to ensure that your shutters remain clean on a daily basis. Using a dry cloth and wiping each slat separately will remove the accumulation of dirt that harms the shutter over time. If your shutters have been installed far above your reach, invest in a feather duster that will wipe away dust from every nook and cranny. If you want to go a step further and clean multiple slats all at once, get a blind cleaner that will help you dust from one point to the next effortlessly.

Wiping

If your shutters are located near the balcony, kitchen or playroom then they are likely to stain heavily and at a much faster rate. Rainy weather might cause water to stain just as splashes from a kitchen sink would. Similarly, if you have shutters in your children’s bedroom, they are likely to touch them with dirty hands. In such circumstances, it is best to use a slightly damp cloth to wipe away the stains before they get a chance to set in –especially for wooden shutters. IT is best if you explore stainless plantation shutter options for such areas of your house so that you are not rushed to clean them every time they are exposed to pollutants.

Vacuuming

For those looking to save time, you can even decide to vacuum your shutters using the soft brush nozzle. Sweep each slat from one end to the other and watch as all the dirt gets sucked into the vacuum cleaner leaving your shutters spotless. Using the soft brush nozzle will ensure that all the cleaning is done properly all the while your shutters remain protected from scratches and dents.

Covering

When your shutters become so stain ridden that it seems impossible to remove them completely, just get them painted over. This way, not only do you get a cleaner look but you get to experiment with the overall look of the shutters.

How to maintain your interior shutters…

Overtime, your shutter may wear out a little. However, this is no cause for concern. When shutters wear out, finding a solution is always easy. All you may have to do, in worst case scenarios, is to loosen the screws that make sliding the shutters a little tougher. Similarly, if they become too loose, just tighten the screw –its as easy as that. Minimal effort for something that provides so much utility and a unique look for your house.
Swan Shutters
18/06/19
When it comes to controlling the light and heat coming into your home via windows and doors, there are two solutions, plantation shutters or blinds. Which one is right for you?

As a company that specialises in interior wooden plantation shutters, we are biased towards shutters, but that is for good reason, they offer superior style, insulation and durability. At Swan Shutters, we offer several shutters designs.

While blinds have been popular over the years, recently shutters became fashionable but more than that they can add on to the resale value of your home. However, that’s not the only reason to fall in love with them.
Here is a look at some of the considerations

Window Plantation Shutters
Window Plantation Shutters

1. Window type:
The shape and size of the window will affect how a shutter or a blind will look. For very large windows, for example, French doors, blinds may be better suited, as they will not interfere with the opening and closing of the door. For almost any other type of window in particular windows or doors with arches, round or unusual shapes, shutters will add a distinct look and feel to them and are a better choice.


2. Your budget
Plantation shutters tend to be more expensive than blinds because they are made from higher quality materials. However, the added cost means that you get better heat and cold transfer from your room, as well as better sound absorption capabilities, making for a better experience indoors. The bespoke nature of our shutters carries an added cost for customization. Although, this is usually a better long term investment in your property than blinds.

3. Durability
Plantation shutters will last you longer than blinds because they are sturdier and more hardwearing. Window blinds tend to be fragile, look cheaper than shutters and offer a less stylish environment to live in.

4 Flexibility
Both shutters and blinds come with louvres, which will allow you to control the flow of light and air into your room. They will also give you the privacy you need. However, shutters tend to be easier to manage and are more flexible to use.

5. Customization tailored to your taste
Our shutters are made according to precise measurements so that they fit the window perfectly. You can choose how you want your plantation shutters to look. Whereas, blinds are usually restricted when it comes to fitting. They can be lifted up and down with the help of a string which holds the individual slats together.

When you want to adjust the height of the blinds, you have to pull a separate string. On the other hand, you will be able to configure plantation shutters in any way that suits your needs and the specific conditions of your windows and doors.

In the end, it will come down to personal taste whether you choose blinds or shutters or even just plain curtains. Shutters are certainly the choice of the times (pun intended). “There is a small revolution going on outside your window” as shutters continue to grow in popularity amongst the British.
31/05/19
We believe your windows should have the best and you should make no compromises when choosing plantation shutters for them. It's important to take your time when choosing the shutters, to make sure you are aware of all the different styles and designs available. Each style has its own benefits; ranging from increased privacy, to shutters that allow the maximum amount of sun to flood in your home. Whether you are renovating your home or you are furnishing your new place, shutters have the potential to enhance the beauty of a room.

At Swan Shutters, all members of staff are highly trained to make sure you get the shutters you desire. All of our fitters have a minimum of a level 3 NVQ in carpentry. We have a wide variety of shutters for you to choose from, that will meet all your needs and requirements. We give all our customers the individual attention they deserve through the whole process from start to finish.

Plantation Shutters Phoenix Range
1. The Material it's Made Of
Usually, most of our shutters are made with basswood and wood composites like MDF. You will also find some shutters made of plastics like polyvinyl which tend to be lighter and cheaper. However, they are moisture and warp-resistant, which makes them ideal for bathrooms.
You should determine the material you want based on the look and function you want from the shutters. Solid wood tends to be the most expensive option. Decide what you want and your priorities and then match the design to the overall aesthetic of the room. Our Montana range (previously Carolina and Boston ranges) are made with strong timber, while the Hollywood range is made with ABS.

2. How does it Fit?

If you want your room to look sophisticated and polished, you have to maintain parity between the shape of the window and shutter you are going for. You might have regular rectangular windows, in which case you will be able to choose any design you want.
However, if you have an odd-shaped window, you have to be careful as the shutter can look out of balance if it is not the correct shape. Shutters are flexible, and you can play around with the shape a little to get the perfect look. At Swan Shutters, we send our experts to your house so they can get the window measured and suggest the best shutters accordingly.

3. What about the Light and Control?

Your windows and shutters should be able to protect you from the light and heat outside. The blinding light can harm your furniture and even your skin due to long exposure. This is where blinds and shutters come in. There are plenty of light filtering window solutions to suit your needs.
While some of them will allow partial entry, others will completely block out the light. Your shutters should also be able to improve your home's insulation and save energy in the long run.

4. Durability and Waterproofing

All our ranges of shutters are designed to last a very long time and the Phoenix or Montana range are ideal as interior shutters in any room. However, exposure to humidity can cause mould so for indoor bathroom shutters, you can go for waterproof plastic ones, which are more durable and resistant to water.

5. How Much Can You Spend?

Your budget plays an important role in the final choice you make. If you don't want to burn a hole in your pocket but also want the best for your room, go for our Seattle
range!

Looking to find the right shutters for your home? Get in touch with us today!