Jacksonville Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Kevin McCormack Spring is almost here, Jacksonville! If you’ve been huddled inside your home to hide away from winter, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and begin thinking about spring cleaning. You might have your typical spring cleaning checklist, but all too frequently homeowners can forget a few important details. Here are some pointers to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you’re able to enjoy our favorite season in Jacksonville. Clean Your Windows For Spring It’s common to get out of bed in mid-March and realize that the subpar view out your bedroom window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a dirty window. Spring is an ideal opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get your awesome view back with these steps. If the window opens, fully open it and clean out any dirt or debris in the sill or track. First remove as much as you can with the track dry, then use warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the rest. This will let your window open and close easier, and make sure your window can close completely. Spray down the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a chemical cleaner bought off the shelf, or make your own at home with two parts warm water and one part vinegar. Clean the windows with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are preferred for 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 similarly clean. For fabric window treatments like curtains or draperies, cleaning can be an issue. For thick fabric window coverings, take them off 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 fabrics, you’ll need to be more delicate in how you handle them, so wash them by hand in a bathtub or sink. Plantation shutters might be the easiest window treatment when it comes to cleaning. Remove dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly damp cloth to remove the stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Now is also a perfect time to think about replacing your window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home. Pay Attention to Your Appliances Your fridge, oven and dishwasher are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Especially with modern appliances like those made of stainless steel, looks are equally as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look stunning again. Stainless steel appliances can be polished 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 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 the most often neglected surfaces. Below are just a couple of the areas that are often forgotten when doing your spring cleaning: Any handles or switches that hands touch. This could be in the bathroom, doors, or any other spot in your house. Various shower surfaces, like the door, base, and soap ledge. The tops of your ceiling fan blades. Appliance undersides - specifically the big appliances like your fridge164 and washer/dryer. Get Your Jacksonville Home Looking Great Again Spring cleaning is no fun, but we’ve all got to do it. For more tips on cleaning and maintaining your window treatments, or if you’re ready to reinvigorate your house this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville at 904-289-1663, or use 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.