Minneapolis Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is finally in the air, Minneapolis! If you’ve spent the last season huddled inside, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and begin thinking about spring cleaning. You might have your typical spring cleaning checklist, but all too frequently homeowners can neglect a few important items.
These are our tips to max out your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy our favorite 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 or debris in the sill or track. First clean out as much as you can with a dry cloth or small brush, then use warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the remainder. This helps your window operate 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 mix a homemade cleaner using two parts warm water and one part vinegar.
Swab the glass with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are preferred for cleaning glass and leave the least amount of streaks.
Don’t Forget to Clean those Window Treatments
A spotless glass window is no good if the window treatment isn’t similarly clean.
For fabric window treatments such as 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 put 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 when it comes to cleaning. Get rid of dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to remove any stain, then go over with a dry cloth.
Spring is also an awesome time to think about switching up your window treatments. Visit the Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis Idea Gallery to get inspired with beautiful window treatment ideas.
Pay Attention 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 handles or switches 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.