The one thing that, no matter how skilled and artistic, most interior designers seem to utterly forget is the maintenance and upkeep of the stylish look. The glamour, the elegance are all very well, but come Tuesday morning it will still all need cleaning, and some items are simply not designed to be kept clean. Yet, that is such a shame because these amazing embellishments can begin to look so old and tired if they are not easily maintained and given a chance to sparkle like new for a long time to come. The entire look of the room can be brought down. We are faced with the dilemma of wishing to portray classic elegance and sophistication, with a no-fuss, convenient means to maintain that image with minimal effort or outlay. It is for this reason, that faux wood plantation shutters have proven so successful in recent years, and seen a tremendous increase in popularity.

Among the most popular features of faux wood plantation shutters is that the way in which they are manufactured not only provides a great deal of strength and permanence, but they also provide the beauty of real wood shutters. All of this comes with the excellent benefits of PVC, which helps to make the shutters washable- with ease, not require painting, or repainting, and less fear about improper care or washing, because the materials are not only easier to clean, they are harder to get dirty, and resistant to many elements that damage real wood shutters. Basswood and other fine quality building materials may have a designer look, but real wood shutters often will require repainting after years of touching and handling, where great high quality faux wood shutters made form high quality PVC, can resist the wear and will still look great years later, without extensive ongoing maintenance. Simple shutter maintenance of wiping with a damp cloth, perhaps with a mild detergent, will clean faux wood shutters, but real wood may be damaged by something as simple as that. In short, cleaning wooden items is complicated, risky and liable to damage the product.

Meanwhile, our consumers who have chosen faux wood plantation shutters, have the great benefit that they may wipe clean quickly and easily with a damp cloth – no risk of marking or surface damage – no need for tough detergents or scrubbing, and even if you do use a little detergent, there is little risk of you damaging the appearance or harming the longevity of these products. Faux wood plantation shutters have been designed with long term maintenance, durability and fashion all in one. Beware that cheap shutters may not have this durability, so watch for a long warranty, to ensure long life.

Unlike faux wood plantation shutters, some materials in the home have a tendency to attract dust – static surfaces such as plastics, and especially television screens. Many blinds are made of plastic based materials which draw dust, and being constructed of so many different surfaces, this collects over the entire surface area, making keeping the original smart appearance difficult. Material blinds can be just as tricky, particularly in areas where grease may combine with the dust, such as in kitchens. The solution in these cases is to either take the material down and wash it, which for some blinds is simply impossible, or try wiping the material, which can often result in the dirt merely being streaked across the blind itself. To compare shutters to other blinds in the home is a useful analogy.

Even worse, wooden blinds can absorb some of this grease and moisture, drawing and attracting the substantial dirt and mess, making them look horrible, and even harder to clean. Faux wood plantation shutters have several benefits which manifest here. Because of the way they are made, they combine a fashionable appearance, they look elegant and glamourous, look just like real wood shutters, and are durable and easy to clean and maintain. This is like having a wall painted to look like wallpaper, or a wall from real wallpaper. The real wallpaper may be easier to apply, but it can also be wiped clan easily.

For areas in the home where grease is less likely, cleaning can involve nothing more than running a duster along each blade of the faux wood plantation shutter – for the modern urban living space, they are the perfect solution for those too busy to spend hours maintaining a look, but who still wish to have the look of a successful, stylish and classy urban dwelling space which combines all the class and glamour of colonial times, with a 21st century application of convenience. Choose faux wood shutters, and get the look of real wood, and the benefits to boot.