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How to Maintain Your Hurricane Shutters

To maintain the quality of your shutters, it is necessary to carry out cleaning and operational maintenance.

Although you may plan to use shutter only during extreme weather conditions, it is still important to operate your shutters regularly to ensure moving parts will operate when these conditions arise. Most issues found with shutter have been linked to lack of regular operation.

If at any time after installation you have your home painted, you should have your rolling shutters inspected. There have been reports of major damage after shutter curtains have been moved by painters.

Roll Down Shutter Maintenance

Operation

It is important that you open and close your shutters at least once a month. This will help keep your tracks clear and slats moving smoothly.

Up-Keep & Damage Prevention

2-4 times a year apply graphite or dry silicone spray, and / or wax spray in the sidetracks as a lubricant. After application, regularly operate your shutters to distribute the lubricant.

Cleaning

We recommend the shutter curtains and tracks are washed with a mild solution and a soft cloth or fine haired brush every three months to remove any dirt, salt, or sand. Power washing your shutters improperly can damage them and void the warranty provided.

What to Use

Use a low PH level soap, such as a automobile soap. Avoid cleaners that hade vinegar, citrus, sodium bicarbonate, solvents, or high PH. Once you have cleaned the shutter, ensure all surfaces are rinsed with clear water and dried with a soft absorbent cloth.

Do Not Use

  • Abrasive Cleaners
  • Sharp Bladed such as razors or paint scrapers
  • Mineral spirits or solvents of any kind
  • WD-40

Accordion Shutter Maintenance

Operation

It is important that you open and close your shutter at least once a month. This will help keep your tracks clear and blades moving smoothly.

Up-Keep

2-4 times a year apply graphite or dry silicone spray, and / or wax spray in the upper tracks as a lubricant, paying special attention to the wheels. After spraying, open and close the shutters to ensure the lubricate is distributed.

Cleaning

First, ensure debris is removed from the upper and lower tracks. We recommend tracks are washed with a mild soap solution and a soft cloth or fine hair brush every three months to remove any dirt, slat or sand. Power washing your shutter improperly can damage them and void the warranty.

What to Use

Use a low PH level soap, such as automobile soap. Avoid cleaners that hade vinegar, citrus, sodium bicarbonate, solvents, or high PH. Once you have cleaned the shutter, ensure all surfaces are rinsed with clear water and dried with a soft absorbent cloth.

Do Not Use

  • Abrasive Cleaners
  • Sharp Bladed such as razors or paint scrapers
  • Mineral spirits or solvents of any kind
  • WD-40

Bahama Shutter Maintenance

Operation

It is important you open and close your Bahama blades at least once a month. This will assist in keeping the blades moving smoothly.

Up-Keep

Twice a year remove the screws from the arm and arm collar, and apply graphite or dry silicone spray, and or wax spray.

Cleaning

We recommend the shutters are washed with a mild soap solution and a soft cloth or fine-haired brush every three months to remove any dirt, salt, or sand. Use a low pH level soap in combination with wax. Power washing your shutter improperly can damage them and void the warranty.

Do Not Use

  • Abrasive Cleaners
  • Sharp Bladed such as razors or paint scrapers
  • Mineral spirits or solvents of any kind
  • WD-40

Colonial Shutter Maintenance

Operation

It is important that your Colonial Shutters are locked in place, whether in the open or closed position. This will prevent Colonials from becoming damaged.

Cleaning

We recommend the shutters are washed with a mild soap solution and a soft cloth or fine haired brush every three months to remove any dirt, salt, or sand. Use a low pH level soap in combination with wax. Power washing your shutter improperly can damage them and void the warranty.

Do Not Use

  • Abrasive Cleaners
  • Sharp Bladed such as razors or paint scrapers
  • Mineral spirits or solvents of any kind
  • WD-40

Use High Quality Shutters From Alufab USA

All Alufab products are manufactured form quality 6063-T6 extruded aluminum, which is under a stringent quality testing / certification and meets all national standards.  While aluminum has a long-life expectancy, it still does require same maintenance to keep its integrity. To have someone inspect your shutters in southwest Florida, contact Alufab USA, located in Naples, FL.

For more information about how to maintain your storm protection products, read our Care & Maintenance Guide. 

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