Houston Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Cory Cryer Spring is just around the corner, Houston! If you’ve spent winter huddled inside, now’s a great time to crack those windows and start thinking about spring cleaning. You might have your typical spring cleaning plan, but all too often homeowners can neglect a few important items. Here are our tips to get the most out of your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the prettiest season in Houston. Spring Clean Your Windows It’s common to get up in the middle of March and realize that the lousy view out your bedroom window isn’t due to winter weather–it’s due to a gunked window. Spring is an ideal opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get that beautiful view back with the following steps. If the window opens, open it fully and remove any dirt and dust in the sill. First remove as much as possible with the track dry, then use warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the rest. This will help your window open and close easier, and make sure your window can shut completely. Spray the glass with a cleaning solution. You can use either a chemical cleaner bought off the shelf, or mix your own at home with two parts warm water and one part vinegar. Wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are effective at cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks. Don’t Neglect 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 curtains or draperies, cleaning can be a hassle. For thick fabric treatments, take them off the wall and shake them outdoors to get rid of any loose debris, then put them in the washer on a cold cycle and air dry them. For thinner fabrics, you’ll want to be more delicate in how you handle them, so wash them by hand in a sink or tub. Plantation shutters are by far the easiest window treatment to clean. Get rid of dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to remove the stain, then dry with a cloth. Now is also a fantastic time to think about switching things up with some new window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters Houston Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home. Pay Attention to Your Appliances Your refrigerator, stove and washer and dryer are just as much furniture as appliances. Especially with newer appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks can be equally as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and restore them to the condition they were when you first bought them. Stainless steel appliances can be shined up using a solution made of 1 tsp. dish soap and 1 qt. of warm water, applied with a wet cloth and air-dried. Get Every Single Surface You’re likely going to spend some time on your walls and floors when you do spring clean, but be sure to spread some love around to some of those often neglected surfaces. These are just a few of the spots that are easy to skip over when spring cleaning: All knobs or handles that are often touched. This could be in the bathroom, on electronics, or any other spot in the house. Various shower surfaces, including the door, floor, and soap ledge. The tops of ceiling fans. Under your appliances - especially the big appliances such as your refrigerator164 and washer/dryer. Get Your Houston Home Looking Beautiful Again No one loves spring cleaning, but we all have to do it. For additional recommendations on cleaning and maintaining your window coverings, or if you’re ready to revamp your home this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Houston at 713-853-9629, or fill out the form below. We’ll come to your door for a free no-strings-attached consultation and help you find a perfect new window treatment to greet spring.