Orlando Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Todd Hansen Spring is almost here, Orlando! If you’ve been huddled inside your home to hide away from the cold, now’s the perfect opportunity to open those windows and think about spring cleaning. You might have your typical spring cleaning regimen, but all too often homeowners can neglect a few important tasks. Here are just a few recommendations to max out your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you’re able to enjoy our favorite season in Orlando. Spring Clean Your Windows It’s normal to wake up in the middle of March and realize that the lousy view out your window isn’t due to winter weather–it’s due to a gunked window. Spring is a great time to give your windows a deep clean. Get that beautiful view back with the following steps. If your window opens, open it fully and clean out any dirt or debris in the track. First remove as much as you can with a dry cloth or small brush, then use warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the remainder. This helps your window open and shut easier, and ensure your window can shut completely. Spray down the window with a glass cleaner. You can use either a cleaner you buy at the store, or create a homemade cleaner using two parts warm water and one part vinegar. Swab the windows with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are the most effective at cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks. Don’t Neglect to Clean those Window Treatments A clean glass window isn’t worth much the window treatment isn’t just as clean. For fabric window treatments such as drapes or curtains, cleaning can be troublesome. For thick fabrics, take them off 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 sink or tub. Plantation shutters are probably the easiest window treatment to clean. Get rid of dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly damp cloth to take off any stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Spring is also a fantastic time to think about switching up your window treatments. Visit the Sunburst Shutters Orlando Idea Gallery to get inspired with beautiful window treatment ideas. Give Some Love to Your Appliances Your fridge, oven and dishwasher are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Particularly with newer appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks can be just as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and get them back to their original condition. 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 probably going to give your floors and walls some much-needed attention when you do your spring cleaning, but remember to spread some love around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. Here are just a few of the areas that are often forgotten when doing your spring cleaning: Any handles or switches that get touched a lot. These could be in the bathroom, on electronics, or anywhere else in your home. Various shower surfaces, like the door, base, and soap ledge. The top sides of ceiling fans. Underneath appliances - specifically the big appliances such as the refrigerator164 and dishwasher. Get Your Orlando Home Looking Great This Spring No one loves spring cleaning, but we all have to do it. For further tips on cleaning and maintaining your window treatments, or if you’re ready to revamp your home this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Orlando at 407-630-7011, or use the form below. We’ll come to where you live for a free no-strings-attached consultation and help you pick out a perfect new window treatment to greet the spring weather.