Chicago Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Richard Rampton Spring is just around the corner, Chicago! If you’ve spent the last season huddled inside, now’s the perfect opportunity to open those windows and begin thinking about spring cleaning. You may have your typical spring cleaning checklist, but all too often homeowners can forget a few important details. These are just a few pointers to get the most out of your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the best season in Chicago. Clean Your Windows For Spring It’s common to wake up in the middle of March and realize that the subpar view out your bedroom window isn’t caused by winter weather–it’s caused by a dirty window. Spring is a great time to deep clean your windows. Get your awesome view back with the following instructions. If the window opens, fully open it and remove any dirt, dust or debris in the track. Try first to clean out as much as possible with the track dry, then wash with warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the remainder. This will help your window operate more easily, and make sure your window can close completely. Spray the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, or create a homemade cleaner using one part vinegar and two parts warm water. Clean the windows with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are best for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks. Don’t Neglect to Clean the Window Treatments A 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 an issue. For thick fabric treatments, take them off 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 window treatments, you’ll need to be more delicate in how you handle them, so wash them by hand in a bathtub or sink. Plantation shutters are probably the easiest window treatment when it comes to cleaning. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to remove any stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Spring is also a perfect time to think about switching things up with some new window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Chicago Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home. Pay Attention to Your Appliances Your refrigerator, stove and washer and dryer are just as much furniture as appliances. Especially with modern appliances like those made of stainless steel, looks may 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 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 give your floors and walls some much-needed attention when you do your spring cleaning, but don’t forget to spread some attention around to some of those often neglected surfaces. Here are just a couple of the areas that are easy to forget when doing your spring cleaning: All handles or switches that hands touch. This could be on the toilet, on electronics, or anywhere else in the home. Various shower surfaces, like the door, floor, and soap ledge. The tops of your ceiling fan blades. Under your appliances - especially the big appliances like the refrigerator164 and washer/dryer. Get Your Chicago Home Looking Great This Spring No one loves spring cleaning, 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 home this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Chicago at 847-250-6544, or fill out the form below. We’ll come to your door for a free no-strings-attached consultation and help you choose a perfect new window treatment to welcome spring.