Dallas Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Collins Jones Spring is finally in the air, Dallas! If you’ve been huddled inside to hide away from the cold, now’s a great time to crack those windows and think about spring cleaning. You may have your usual spring cleaning plan, but all too frequently homeowners can neglect a few important tasks. These are just a few pointers to max out your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy our favorite season in Dallas. Spring Clean Your Windows It’s common to get up in mid-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 opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get your awesome view back with the following instructions. If your window opens, completely open it and clean out any dirt, dust or debris in the sill or track. First clean out as much as you can with the track dry, then use warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the remainder. This will help your window open and shut easier, and make sure your window can close completely. Spray down the glass with a cleaning solution. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, 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 fewer streaks. Don’t Forget to Clean those Window Treatments A clean, spotless glass window isn’t worth much the window treatment isn’t similarly 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 put them in the washer and run on cold water and air dry them. For thinner fabrics, you’ll want to handle them more delicately, and hand-wash them in a sink or tub. Plantation shutters might be the easiest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly damp cloth to take off the stain, then dry with a cloth. Now is also an ideal time to think about replacing your window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters Dallas Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home. Give Some Love to Your Appliances Your refrigerator, oven and washer and dryer are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Especially with newer appliances such as stainless steel appliances, looks can be equally as important as function. 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 polished with a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, applied with a damp cloth and air-dried. Get Every Single Surface You’re likely going to give your floors and walls some long overdue TLC when you do spring clean, but be sure to spread that attention around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. These are just a couple of the areas that are often neglected when doing your spring cleaning: All handles or switches that hands touch. This could be on the toilet, on electronics, or any other spot in your home. All surfaces in your shower, including the door, base, and soap ledge. The tops of ceiling fans. Underneath appliances - specifically the bigger appliances such as your fridge164 and dishwasher. Get Your Dallas Home Looking Gorgeous This Spring No one loves spring cleaning, but we all have to do it. For additional tips on cleaning and sprucing up your window treatments, or if you’re ready to reinvigorate your space this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Dallas at 214-301-5066, or use the form below. We’ll come out to your home for a free no-hassle consultation and help you pick out a perfect new window treatment to greet the season.