Southern California Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is just around the corner, Southern California! If you’ve been huddled inside the house to hide away from winter, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and think about spring cleaning. You might have your typical spring cleaning checklist, but all too frequently homeowners can skip over a few important items.
Here are some pointers to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you’re able to enjoy the best season in Southern California.
Clean Your Windows For Spring
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 a great opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get your awesome view back with these steps.
If the window opens, fully open it and clean out any dirt or debris in the sill or track. First remove as much as you can with the track dry, then use warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the rest. This will let your window operate easier, and make sure your window can shut completely.
Spray down the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a cleaner you buy at the store, or make your own at home with two parts warm water and one part vinegar.
Clean the windows with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are preferred for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks.
Don’t Neglect to Clean those Window Treatments
A clean glass window isn’t worth much the window treatment isn’t similarly clean.
For fabric window treatments like 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 fabrics, you’ll need to be more delicate in how you handle them, so wash them by hand in a bathtub or sink.
Plantation shutters might be the easiest window treatment when it comes to cleaning. Remove dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly damp cloth to remove the stain, then go over with a dry cloth.
Now is also a great time to think about switching up your window treatments. Visit the Sunburst Shutters Southern CA Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home.
Pay Attention to Your Appliances
Your fridge, oven and dishwasher are as much pieces of furniture as they are 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 make them look stunning again.
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 long overdue attention when you do spring clean, but be sure to spread some love around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. Below are just a couple of the areas that are often forgotten when doing your spring cleaning:
Any knobs or handles that hands touch. This could be in the bathroom, doors, or any other spot in your house.
Various shower surfaces, like the door, base, and soap ledge.
The tops of your ceiling fan blades.
Under your appliances - specifically the bigger appliances like your fridge164 and washer/dryer.