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Enhances Curb Appeal and Lengthens Life of Shutter

Elverson, PA – March 2009—Mother Nature’s bugs, birds and weather can take a toll on the façade and exterior appointments on the home. The resulting unkempt look can diminish that good old home feeling. But, if you have shutters, there is something you can do about it. “Exposure to the elements is going to cause the exterior shutters to take a beating,” says Chris Peeples, president and founder of Vixen Hill. “Our shutters are made from the finest cedar wood to withstand years of weather abuse, but maintaining them properly will ensure they last even longer,” says Peeples.

Regular maintenance and upkeep are necessary to keep the shutters looking their best. “Leaves, nests, cobwebs and dirt accumulate on shutters can destroy the overall look of the house,” says Peeples. To refresh the look of the exterior shutters, the experts at Vixen Hill recommend cleaning the shutters about every two to five years depending on exposure. If the shutters are easily accessible, this can be done without removing them.

Here are some cleaning tips:
  1. If the shutters need repair or are not easily accessible, remove them from the house. For difficult locations, this can sometimes be done from inside.
  2. Use a soft bristle brush and warm soapy water to scrub off accumulated debris on both sides of the shutter. Next, rinse them with a garden hose. If you use a pressure washer, take care that the pressure is not so high that it removes the paint.
  3. Only use water and a small amount of soap to clean the shutters. Don’t use any harsh cleaning agents because they may affect the paint color.
  4. Allow the shutters to dry on both sides before restoring them to their open position.

“Cleaning the shutters regularly will help maintain their appearance and longevity, increase curb appeal and add value to the home,” Peeples adds.

Customers interested in changing the color of their shutters can easily have Vixen Hill do the work, but for those who are confident enough to repaint them at home, Vixen Hill has some guidelines to follow for painting and staining:

To repaint shutters:
To re-stain shutters: