Spring is finally in the air, Indianapolis! If you’ve spent winter huddled inside, now’s the perfect opportunity to crack those windows and think about spring cleaning. You may have your usual spring cleaning plan, but all too often homeowners can neglect a few important tasks.
Here are some pointers to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the best season in Indianapolis.
Spring Clean Your Windows
It’s normal to get up in the middle of March and realize that the subpar view out your bedroom window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a gunked window. Spring is the perfect time to give your windows a deep clean. Get your awesome view back with the following instructions.
If your window opens, completely open it and clean out any debris and dust in the sill. First remove as much as you can with the track dry, then wash with warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the remainder. This helps your window operate more easily, and make sure your window can shut completely.
Spray down the glass with a cleaning solution. You can use either a cleaner you buy at the store, or mix a homemade cleaner using one part vinegar and two parts warm water.
Clean the windows with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are best for cleaning glass and leave the least amount of streaks.
Don’t Forget to Clean your Window Treatments
A clean 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 an issue. For thick fabrics, take them off the wall and shake them outdoors to get rid of any loose debris, then leave them in the washer on a cold cycle and air dry them. For thinner window treatments, you’ll need to handle them more delicately, and wash them by hand in a bathtub or sink.
Plantation shutters are by far the simplest window treatment when it comes to cleaning. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly damp cloth to take off any stain, then go over with a dry cloth.
Spring is also a great time to think about replacing your window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home.
Pay Attention to Your Appliances
Your fridge, oven and washing machine are just as much furniture as appliances. Especially with modern appliances such as those made of stainless steel, looks are just as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look stunning once more.
Stainless steel appliances can be shined up using a solution made of 1 tsp. dish soap and 1 qt. of warm water, cleaned with a wet cloth and air-dried.
Get Every Single Surface
You’re probably going to spend some time on your walls and floors when you do spring clean, but don’t forget to spread some attention around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. Below are just a couple of the spots that are easy to skip over when spring cleaning:
All knobs or handles that are often touched. These could be on the toilet, doors, or anywhere else in the house.
Various shower surfaces, including the door, base, and soap ledge.
The tops of your ceiling fan blades.
Under your appliances - especially the big appliances like the fridge164 and dishwasher.
Get Your Indianapolis Home Looking Beautiful Again
Spring cleaning is no fun, but we all have to do it. For additional help on cleaning and sprucing up your window coverings, or if you want to revamp your space this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis at 317-558-9066
, or fill out the form below. We’ll come out to your home for a free window design consultation and help you pick out a perfect new window treatment to greet spring.