Charlotte Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is almost here, Charlotte! If you’ve spent the last season huddled inside, now’s the perfect opportunity to open those windows and think about spring cleaning. You may have your typical spring cleaning plan, but all too frequently homeowners can forget a few important details.
Here are our pointers to max out your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you’re able to enjoy the best season in Charlotte.
Clean Your Windows For Spring
It’s common to get out of bed in the middle of March and realize that the less-than-stellar view out your window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a filthy window. Spring is an ideal time to give your windows a deep clean. Get that beautiful view back with the following instructions.
If your window opens, open it all the way and clean out any dirt 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 rest. This will let your window open and shut easier, and ensure your window can completely close.
Spray down the glass with a cleaning solution. You can use either a cleaner you buy at the store, or create a homemade cleaner with two parts warm water and one part vinegar.
Clean the glass with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are the most effective at cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks.
Don’t Forget to Clean your Window Treatments
A clean, spotless glass window is no good if the window treatment isn’t similarly clean.
For fabric window treatments such as curtains or draperies, cleaning can be troublesome. For thick fabric window coverings, remove them from 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 window treatments, you’ll need to be more delicate in how you handle them, so hand-wash them in a bathtub or sink.
Plantation shutters are by far the easiest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly damp cloth to take off the stain, then go over with a dry cloth.
Spring is also a great time to think about switching up your window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Charlotte Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home.
Spend Time on Your Appliances
Your refrigerator, stove and dishwasher are just as much furniture as appliances. Particularly with modern appliances such as those made of stainless steel, looks can be just as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look stunning again.
Stainless steel appliances can be shined up 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 probably going to give your floors and walls some long overdue attention when you do your spring cleaning, but be sure to spread that attention around to some of those often neglected surfaces. Here are just a few of the spots that are often forgotten when doing your spring cleaning:
All knobs or handles that get touched a lot. This could be on the toilet, on electronics, or anywhere else in the home.
All surfaces in your shower, including the door, floor, and soap ledge.
The top sides of your ceiling fan blades.
Under your appliances - specifically the big appliances like your refrigerator164 and dishwasher.