Boston Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Holly Perron Spring is just around the corner, Boston! If you’ve been huddled inside your home to hide away from winter, now’s the perfect time to open those windows and think about spring cleaning. You might have your typical spring cleaning plan, but all too often homeowners can neglect a few important details. Here are some tips to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the prettiest season in Boston. Spring Clean Your Windows It’s common to get out of bed in mid-March and realize that the less-than-stellar view out your bedroom window isn’t caused by winter weather–it’s caused by a filthy window. Spring is the perfect time to deep clean your windows. Get your awesome view back with these steps. If the window opens, open it all the way and remove any debris and dust in the sill or track. Try first to clean out as much as possible with a dry cloth or small brush, then wash with warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the remainder. This helps your window open and close easier, and make sure your window can completely close. Spray down the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, or mix your own at home using one part vinegar and two parts warm water. Swab the windows with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are best for cleaning glass and leave the least amount of streaks. Don’t Forget to Clean your Window Treatments A clean, spotless glass window isn’t worth much the window treatment isn’t similarly clean. For fabric window treatments such as curtains or draperies, cleaning can be difficult. For thick fabric window coverings, take them off 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 wash them by hand in a bathtub or sink. Plantation shutters are by far the easiest window treatment when it comes to cleaning. Get rid of dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to get rid of any stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Now is also an awesome time to think about switching up your window treatments. Visit the Sunburst Shutters Boston Idea Gallery to get inspired with beautiful window treatment ideas. Pay Attention to Your Appliances Your refrigerator, stove and washer and dryer are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Especially with newer appliances such as those made of stainless steel, looks are equally as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and get them back to their original condition. Stainless steel appliances can be shined up with 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 your spring cleaning, but don’t forget to spread that attention around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. These are just a couple of the places that are often neglected when spring cleaning: Any handles or switches that are often touched. These could be in the bathroom, on electronics, or anywhere else in the house. Various shower surfaces, including the door, floor, and soap ledge. The tops of ceiling fans. Under your appliances - especially the larger appliances like the refrigerator164 and washer/dryer. Get Your Boston Home Looking Beautiful Again No one loves spring cleaning, but we all have to do it. For further help 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 Boston at 781-352-2205, or use the form below. We’ll come to where you live for a free no-strings-attached consultation and help you choose a perfect new window treatment to greet the season.