Minneapolis Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017George Christ Spring is finally in the air, Minneapolis! If you’ve been huddled inside to hide away from the cold, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and think about spring cleaning. You might have your normal spring cleaning plan, but all too frequently homeowners can neglect a few important tasks. These are our tips to max out your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the best season in Minneapolis. Spring Clean Your Windows It’s common to get out of bed in mid-March and realize that the lousy view out your window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a gunked window. Spring is a great opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get your awesome view back with the following steps. If the window opens, fully open it and clean out any dirt, dust or debris in the sill or track. First clean out as much as you can 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 help your window open and shut easier, and make sure your window can completely close. Spray the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a chemical cleaner bought off the shelf, or create a homemade cleaner using two parts warm water and one part vinegar. Swab the glass with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are effective at cleaning glass and leave the least amount of streaks. Don’t Neglect to Clean those Window Treatments A spotless glass window is no good if the window treatment isn’t similarly clean. For fabric window treatments like drapes or curtains, cleaning can be a hassle. For thick fabrics, 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 want to be more delicate in how you handle them, so hand-wash them in a sink or tub. Plantation shutters might be the simplest window treatment to clean. Get rid of dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to take off any stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Spring is also an awesome time to think about replacing your window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home. Give Some Love to Your Appliances Your refrigerator, oven and washing machine are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Especially with modern appliances such as those made of stainless steel, looks may be just as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look brand-new again. Stainless steel appliances can be polished with a solution made of 1 tsp. dish soap and 1 qt. of warm water, applied with a damp 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 don’t forget to spread some love around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. These are just a few of the places that are easy to neglect when doing your spring cleaning: All knobs or handles that hands touch. These could be in the bathroom, doors, or anywhere else in the home. All surfaces in your shower, like the door, floor, and soap ledge. The top sides of your ceiling fan blades. Underneath appliances - specifically the larger appliances such as the refrigerator164 and washer/dryer. Get Your Minneapolis Home Looking Gorgeous This Spring Spring cleaning is no fun, but we’ve all got to do it. For more help on cleaning and sprucing up your window treatments, or if you’re ready to revamp your home this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis at 952-856-8130, or fill out the form below. We’ll come to where you live for a free no-strings-attached consultation and help you pick out a perfect new window treatment to welcome the season.