Spring is finally in the air, Gainesville! If you’ve been huddled inside to hide away from the cold, now’s a great opportunity to crack those windows and start thinking about spring cleaning. You may have your annual spring cleaning regimen, but all too often homeowners can neglect a few important items.
These are our pointers to max out your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the best season in Gainesville.
Clean Your Windows For Spring
It’s common to wake up in mid-March and realize that the less-than-stellar view out your window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a dirty window. Spring is an ideal time to deep clean your windows. Get that beautiful view back with the following instructions.
If the window opens, open it all the way and clean out any dirt and dust in the sill or track. Try first to clean out as much as you can with the track dry, then wash with warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the rest. This helps your window operate more easily, and ensure your window can completely close.
Spray the glass with a cleaning solution. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, or mix your own at home using one part vinegar and two parts warm water.
Wipe the windows with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are best for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks.
Don’t Forget to Clean the Window Treatments
A crystal-clear glass window isn’t worth much the window treatment isn’t similarly clean.
For fabric window treatments such as curtains or draperies, cleaning can be an issue. For thick fabrics, remove them from the wall and shake them outdoors to get rid of any loose debris, then pop them in the washer and run on cold water and air dry them. For thinner fabrics, you’ll need to be more delicate in how you handle them, so hand-wash them in a bathtub or sink.
Plantation shutters are by far the easiest window treatment to clean. Get rid of dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or barely damp rag. To spot clean, use a slightly damp cloth to remove any stain, then dry with a cloth.
Now is also an awesome time to think about replacing your window treatments. Visit the Sunburst Shutters Gainesville Idea Gallery to get inspired with beautiful window treatment photos.
Spend Time on Your Appliances
Your refrigerator, oven and dishwasher are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Especially with modern appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks are equally as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look brand-new again.
Stainless steel appliances can be polished using a solution made of 1 tsp. dish soap and 1 qt. of warm water, cleaned with a damp cloth and air-dried.
Don’t Neglect a Single Surface
You’re probably going to spend some time on your walls and floors when you do spring clean, but remember to spread some attention around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. Below are just a couple of the spots that are often skipped over when spring cleaning:
All handles or knobs that hands touch. This could be on the toilet, doors, or anywhere else in the house.
All surfaces in your shower, like the door, floor, and soap ledge.
The top sides of your ceiling fan blades.
Appliance undersides - specifically the bigger appliances such as the refrigerator164 and washer/dryer.
Get Your Gainesville Home Looking Beautiful Again
Spring cleaning is no fun, but we all have to do it. For more tips on cleaning and maintaining your window coverings, or if you’re ready to reinvigorate your home this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Gainesville at 813-602-5966
, or use the form below. We’ll come to where you live for a free window design consultation and help you choose a perfect new window treatment to greet the season.