Hartford Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Holly Perron Spring is finally in the air, Hartford! 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 normal spring cleaning plan, but all too frequently homeowners can neglect 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 our favorite season in Hartford.Spring Clean Your Windows It’s normal to wake up in the middle of March and realize that the less-than-stellar view out your window isn’t due to winter weather–it’s due to a gunked window. Spring is an ideal opportunity to give your windows a deep clean. Get your awesome view back with the following steps.If your window opens, fully open it and clean out any dirt, dust or debris in the sill. Try first to 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 more easily, and make sure your window can completely shut.Spray the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a chemical cleaner bought off the shelf, or make your own at home using one part vinegar and two parts warm water.Clean the windows with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are effective at cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks.Don’t Neglect to Clean the Window TreatmentsA clean glass window is no good if the window treatment isn’t just as clean.For fabric window treatments such as curtains or draperies, cleaning can be a hassle. For thick fabric window coverings, take them off the wall and shake them outdoors to get rid of any loose debris, then put them in the washer on a cold cycle and air dry them. For thinner fabrics, you’ll need to handle them more delicately, and wash them by hand in a sink or tub.Plantation shutters are by far the easiest window treatment to clean. Get rid of dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, use a slightly wet cloth to remove the stain, then dry with a cloth. Spring is also a perfect time to think about replacing your window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Hartford Idea Gallery to get inspired with beautiful window treatment ideas.Pay Attention to Your AppliancesYour refrigerator, stove and washer and dryer are just as much furniture as appliances. Particularly with newer appliances such as 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, applied with a damp cloth and air-dried.Don’t Neglect a Single SurfaceYou’re probably going to spend some time on your walls and floors when you do your spring cleaning, but don’t forget to spread some attention around to some of those often neglected surfaces. These are just a couple of the places that are often forgotten when doing your spring cleaning:Any switches or knobs that hands touch. These could be on the toilet, doors, or anywhere else in the house.Various shower surfaces, including the door, base, and soap ledge.The top sides of ceiling fans.Under your appliances - specifically the big appliances like your refrigerator164 and washer/dryer. Get Your Hartford Home Looking Beautiful AgainSpring cleaning isn’t fun, but we’ve all got to do it. For additional tips on cleaning and maintaining your window treatments, or if you’re ready to revamp your space this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Hartford at 860-266-5459, or fill out the form below. We’ll come to your door for a free no-hassle consultation and help you find a perfect new window treatment to welcome spring.