Austin Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Tyler Jorgensen Spring is just around the corner, Austin! If you’ve been huddled inside to hide away from winter, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and start thinking about spring cleaning. You may have your typical spring cleaning checklist, but all too frequently homeowners can skip over a few important items. Here are just a few pointers to get the most out of your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy our favorite season in Austin. Spring Clean Your Windows It’s common to wake up in the middle of March and realize that the less-than-stellar view out your bedroom window isn’t due to winter weather–it’s due to a grimy window. Spring is the perfect time to deep clean your windows. Get that beautiful view back with the following steps. If your window opens, completely open it and clean out any dirt or debris 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 helps your window operate more easily, and ensure your window can shut completely. Spray down the window 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. Clean the glass with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are preferred for cleaning glass and leave the least amount of streaks. Don’t Forget to Clean the Window Treatments A clean glass window isn’t worth much the window treatment isn’t just as clean. For fabric window treatments like curtains or draperies, cleaning can be a hassle. For thick fabric treatments, remove them from the wall and take them outdoors to shake and get rid of any loose debris, then leave them in the washer and run on cold water and air dry them. For thinner window treatments, you’ll want to be more delicate in how you handle them, so hand-wash them in a sink or tub. Plantation shutters are probably the simplest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, use a slightly damp cloth to get rid of any stain, then dry with a cloth. Now is also a perfect time to think about replacing your window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Austin Idea Gallery to see stunning photos of ways a new window treatment can transform your space. Spend Time on Your Appliances Your fridge, oven and washing machine are just as much furniture as appliances. Especially with modern appliances such as stainless steel appliances, looks are equally as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look brand-new once more. Stainless steel appliances can be polished with a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, cleaned with a wet cloth and air-dried. Get Every Single Surface You’re likely going to give your floors and walls some much-needed attention when you do your spring cleaning, but don’t forget to spread some attention around to some of those often neglected surfaces. Here are just a couple of the areas that are often forgotten when doing your spring cleaning: Any knobs or handles that are often touched. This could be on the toilet, doors, or any other spot in the home. All surfaces in your shower, including the door, floor, and soap ledge. The top sides of your ceiling fan blades. Under your appliances - specifically the larger appliances such as the fridge164 and washer/dryer. Get Your Austin Home Looking Gorgeous Again Spring cleaning isn’t fun, but we’ve all got to do it. For further recommendations on cleaning and maintaining your window coverings, or if you want to revamp your house this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Austin at 512-549-6077, or use the form below. We’ll come out to your home for a free no-strings-attached consultation and help you pick out a perfect new window treatment to welcome the season.