Charlotte Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Neil Blackwelder Spring is just around the corner, Charlotte! If you’ve spent the last season huddled inside, now’s the perfect opportunity to crack those windows and begin thinking about spring cleaning. You may have your normal spring cleaning regimen, but all too frequently homeowners can forget a few important items. Here are our recommendations to max out your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy our favorite season in Charlotte. Clean Your Windows For Spring It’s common to get up in the middle of 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 a great time to give your windows a deep clean. Get that beautiful view back with the following instructions. If your window opens, open it fully and clean out any dirt and dust in the sill or track. Try first to clean out as much as possible with a dry cloth or small brush, then wash with warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the rest. This will let your window open and shut easier, and ensure your window can completely close. Spray down the glass with a cleaning solution. You can use either a cleaner you buy at the store, or mix a homemade cleaner with two parts warm water and one part vinegar. Clean the glass with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are preferred for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks. Don’t Forget to Clean your Window Treatments A spotless glass window is no good if the window treatment isn’t similarly clean. For fabric window treatments such as drapes or curtains, cleaning can be difficult. For thick fabric window coverings, remove them from the wall and take them outdoors to shake and 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 handle them more delicately, and hand-wash them in a bathtub or sink. Plantation shutters are by far the easiest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly damp cloth to take off the stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Spring is also a great time to think about replacing your window treatments. Visit the Sunburst Shutters Charlotte Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home. Spend Time on Your Appliances Your refrigerator, stove and dishwasher are just as much furniture as appliances. Particularly with modern appliances such as those made of stainless steel, looks can be just as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look stunning again. Stainless steel appliances can be shined up using a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, cleaned with a wet cloth and air-dried. Don’t Neglect a Single Surface You’re probably going to give your floors and walls some long overdue attention when you do your spring cleaning, but be sure to spread that attention around to some of those often neglected surfaces. Below are just a few of the spots that are easy to skip over when doing your spring cleaning: All handles or switches that are often touched. This could be on the toilet, on electronics, or anywhere else in the home. Various shower surfaces, including the door, floor, and soap ledge. The top sides of your ceiling fan blades. Appliance undersides - specifically the bigger appliances like your refrigerator164 and dishwasher. Get Your Charlotte Home Looking Great Again No one loves spring cleaning, but we’ve all got to do it. For more recommendations on cleaning and maintaining your window coverings, or if you’re ready to reinvigorate your space this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte at 980-231-1116, or use the form below. We’ll come to your door for a free no-hassle consultation and help you choose a perfect new window treatment to welcome spring.