Clearwater Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is just around the corner, Clearwater! If you’ve spent the last season huddled inside, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and start thinking about spring cleaning. You might have your normal spring cleaning plan, but all too frequently homeowners can skip over a few important items.
Here are just a few recommendations to get the most out of your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the prettiest season in Clearwater.
Clean Your Windows For Spring
It’s normal to wake up in mid-March and realize that the lousy view out your window isn’t caused by winter weather–it’s caused by a dirty window. Spring is the perfect opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get that beautiful view back with these steps.
If your window opens, fully open it and clean out any dirt, dust or debris in the sill or track. Try first to remove as much as you can with a dry cloth or small brush, then use warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the remainder. This helps your window operate more easily, and ensure your window can close completely.
Spray down the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, or make your own at home using one part vinegar and two parts warm water.
Wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are best for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks.
Don’t Neglect to Clean the Window Treatments
A spotless glass window is no good if the window treatment isn’t similarly clean.
For fabric window treatments like curtains or draperies, cleaning can be troublesome. For thick fabric treatments, 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 window treatments, you’ll need to be more delicate in how you handle them, so wash them by hand in a bathtub or sink.
Plantation shutters are by far the simplest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to remove the stain, then go over with a dry cloth.
Now is also a perfect time to think about switching up your window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters Clearwater Idea Gallery to get inspired with beautiful window treatment ideas.
Spend Time on Your Appliances
Your refrigerator, stove and washer and dryer are just as much furniture as appliances. Especially with modern appliances such as those made of stainless steel, looks are equally as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look brand-new again.
Stainless steel appliances can be shined up using a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, applied with a damp cloth and air-dried.
Don’t Neglect a Single Surface
You’re likely going to give your floors and walls some needed TLC when you do your spring cleaning, but remember to spread some love around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. These are just a couple of the places that are often forgotten when spring cleaning:
Any switches or knobs that are often touched. This could be in the bathroom, doors, or any other spot in your house.
Various shower surfaces, including the door, floor, and soap ledge.
The tops of ceiling fans.
Appliance undersides - specifically the big appliances like your refrigerator164 and dishwasher.