Shut Out The Dust


It’s a pretty universally known fact that wooden shutters and wooden blinds are the perfect window dressings when it comes to keeping dust to a minimum within the home; using wood to maintain your privacy and shut out the light helps to cut down on the accumulation dust much more than fabric furnishings like curtains, and it is also much easier to remove dust from wooden window dressings than it is to get it out from fabric. If the shutters happen to be made from top quality basswood and also look unbelievably stylish, like our wooden shutters, then so much the better!

The health effects of dust come in many shapes and sizes, from mild irritation of the eyes and sneezing to asthma attacks and even lung cancer. With this in mind, it’s essential that we all take precautions against these risks – fortunately, Shutters Direct is here to provide you with some top tips for a dustless decor:

1. Where possible, remove carpeting

Carpets are a breeding ground for dust to gather and remain. Aside from requiring regular vacuuming sessions and long shampooing jobs, they also wear thin and begin to lose their colour, eventually. Vinyl flooring is a much more practical and long-term solution – it is easier to clean and remove dust from and promises many more years of satisfaction. Wooden floorboards will add a rustic yet stylish touch to your home, and if you can complement them with matching shutters in the same colour, then that’s an added bonus!

2. Invest in an air purifier

The name says it all. Air purifiers will help to keep the air in your home clean, and remove many of the impurities, including a real reduction of dust.

3. Use microfibre cloths and dusters

Microfibre materials attract and retain dust using an electronic charge, making them the best choice of material for anyone who is looking for some serious dust-busting products. Machine-washable dusters rather than disposables are also long-term investments, as well as being better for the environment.

4. Regularly change your bedding

Aside from accumulating dead skin, your bed sheets also shed their own fibres, circulating more and more dust each time you turn over. Regularly changing your duvet cover, pillow cases and sheets will help to reduce this problem, massively.

5. Vacuum twice each week

Even without carpets, it is still essential that you vacuum your floors often. If you could stretch to a vacuum cleaner that incorporates a HEPA filter, this will help to suck in as much dust and dirt as possible.

Shutters for spring

shutters for spring

Spring is fast approaching, much to our delight. Though the weather over here is questionable at the moment, we’re feeling positive about the warmer days ahead. We’re even looking forward to a good old spring clean, especially when it involves lots of lovely new furniture for our offices.

If you’re planning a spring cleaning session, we think you should treat yourself too. There’s nothing better than adding the final touch to your newly blitzed home: perhaps some nice new bed sheets, a piece of art for the walls, or even a new window dressing?

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How to measure and fit shutters

Shutters are arguably the ultimate window dressing. Stylish, strong and easy to maintain, they’re the perfect choice for those who want to spend a little more and invest in a high quality product that will add real value to their home.

Often, the thought of DIY puts people off undertaking new projects at home. However, when it comes to shutters from Shutters Direct, there’s no need to worry. Measuring fo and fitting your shutters is much simpler than you first imagined – especially with the help of our handy video guides. Be sure to take a look by clicking here and here, where you’ll discover fantastic, informative videos taking you through every step. We also offer a complimentary printable measuring guide, which you can find by clicking this link.

Do you have any other questions about measuring and fitting your shutters? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us by filling in an enquiry form, or alternatively visit our Twitter and Facebook pages.

5 ways to clean shutters


Here at Shutters Direct we’re all about the long term investment, and we want you to continue to love your shutters five years down the line. That’s why we’re offering some handy tips on keeping them looking their best. We know that cleaning window dressings can be a laborious job, especially when it comes to Romans and verticals. Luckily, shutters present a much easier task, and there are several simple options to achieve squeaky clean shutters in a matter of minutes…

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