Exterior shutter staining is similar to the painting process, although it differs from painting as it gives the wood a more classic look and is sure to serve you for years. Another added advantage is, exterior shutter staining protects your wood from damages like mildew and ultraviolet light damage.
A major difference between shutter staining and painting is how the color is expressed on whatever surface is used. Painting simply acts as a coating over the surface it is being applied to. Staining interacts with the material at a deeper level. It permeates the surface (shutter) and highlights the grain of the wood while adding color.
Can You Restore Faded Shutters?
It's no secret that the elements can take a toll on your exterior shutters and over time affect the appearance of your house. You can restore your faded shutters through staining to give them a renewed look.
Treating and Re-staining Wooden Shutters
Treating your wooden shutters through re-staining when they eventually wear is a very doable process. Your wooden shutters require occasional re-staining. They're a great addition to your home but can go bad if left to chance. Environmental factors are constantly acting on them and it is imperative that you re-stain whenever you notice the color fading to help them withstand these natural conditions that act on them. It is important to apply stain to prevent rot and mildew, as failure to do this could cause your wooden shutter to rot and cause the entire wood to be changed when it could have simply been refinished. This can be a different expense on its own which can be avoided if you re-stain your wooden shutters every few years. This way your window shutter stays sharp and you keep your home a lot more attractive.
Tips to Maintain Your Wooden Shutters
There are a few tips that you can utilize to help your wooden shutters stay in good condition. A proper care method for your wooden shutter is dusting it with a cloth or a duster that has been lightly sprayed with lemon oil or furniture polish. This has to be done very regularly to prevent dirt from accumulating over time. It is also important to wipe away any accumulation of dust to prevent your shutters from decaying as the dust is harmful to your wood. Make sure to clean shutter hinges too. Wipe away stains on the hinges with a clean cloth.