St. George Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Kasey Udy Spring is finally in the air, St. George! If you’ve been huddled inside your home to hide away from the cold, now’s the perfect opportunity to open those windows and think about spring cleaning. You may have your annual spring cleaning checklist, but all too frequently homeowners can neglect a few important tasks. These are our pointers to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the best season in St. George. Clean Your Windows For Spring It’s common to get out of bed in the middle of March and realize that the lousy view out your window isn’t caused by winter weather–it’s caused by a filthy window. Spring is a great time to give your windows a deep clean. Get your awesome view back with these instructions. If the window opens, fully open it and remove any dirt or debris in the sill. 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 will let your window open and close easier, and make sure your window can shut completely. Spray down the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, or mix your own at home with one part vinegar and two parts warm water. Wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are preferred for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks. Don’t Neglect to Clean the Window Treatments A clean, spotless glass window isn’t worth much the window treatment isn’t similarly clean. For fabric window treatments such as drapes or curtains, cleaning can be difficult. For thick fabrics, remove them from 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 want to be more delicate in how you handle them, so hand-wash them in a sink or tub. Plantation shutters are by far the simplest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or barely damp rag. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to take off any stain, then dry with a cloth. Spring is also an ideal time to think about switching up your window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters St. George 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. Particularly with newer appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks can be just as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and get them back to their original condition. Stainless steel appliances can be shined up using a solution made of 1 tsp. dish soap and 1 qt. of warm water, applied with a wet cloth and air-dried. Get Every 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 attention around to some of those often neglected surfaces. These are just a couple of the areas that are often neglected when doing your spring cleaning: All switches or handles that get touched a lot. These could be in the bathroom, doors, or any other spot in the house. Various shower surfaces, including the door, floor, and soap ledge. The top sides of your ceiling fan blades. Underneath appliances - specifically the bigger appliances such as the refrigerator164 and dishwasher. Get Your St. George Home Looking Great Again Spring cleaning is no fun, but we’ve all got to do it. For more tips on cleaning and sprucing up your window coverings, or if you want to revamp your house this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters St. George at 435-485-9332, or use the form below. We’ll come to your door for a free window design consultation and help you pick out a perfect new window treatment to welcome spring.