Care and Maintenance of Vixen Hill Shutters
Properly cared for, Vixen Hill shutters will last for years. Basic annual maintenance will keep your shutters pristine, durable and beautiful. Your maintenance routine should include the following:
- Confirm your shutters are oriented properly. This is most relevant for louvered shutters. In the open position, louvers should slope towards the house, allowing water to run behind the shutters. This will help prevent build up of leaves and other debris, and will make the space less appearling as a nesting place for pests.
- Remove anything that may have become trapped behind the shutters. Cedar is rot resistant, but not rot-proof. If moisture works it's way into the shutters - typically through joinery - and it remains there, the dampness will acceleration degradation. Proper airflow keeps moisture from building up within the shutters, so be sure the region behind the shutters is kept free and clear.
- Use a soapy sponge or towel to cleanse the shutter's surfaces. Harsh chemicals or pressure washing is generally not neccessary. A basic cleaning is usually sufficient to remove any dirt or grime that has accumulated, restoring the beaity of your shutters.
- Cleanse and apply rust preventative to your hardware. Most shutter hardware is protected with zinc plating and paint. If the coating are damaged, the metal underneath can corrode and become physically compromised. Rustoleum or another rust-preventative paint will be available at your local hardware store.
- Use auto-body filler to fill in any gaps, and touch up with provided paint. If your shutters have been compromised, auto body filler works well to plug any gaps. Fill the opening, and smooth it down. After it cures, give it a very light sanding to roughen the surface, then coat with the touch up paint provided with your order.