Hartford Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is finally in the air, Hartford! If you’ve been huddled inside to hide away from the cold, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and begin thinking about spring cleaning. You might have your normal spring cleaning regimen, but all too frequently homeowners can skip over a few important tasks.
These are some recommendations to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you’re able to enjoy the prettiest season in Hartford.
Spring Clean Your Windows
It’s normal to get out of bed in mid-March and realize that the lousy view out your bedroom window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a gunked window. Spring is an ideal opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get your awesome view back with the following steps.
If your window opens, open it all the way and clean out any dirt and dust in the sill or track. First remove as much as you can with the track dry, then wash with warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the remainder. This will help your window operate easier, and make sure your window can close completely.
Spray down the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, or mix your own at home using two parts warm water and one part vinegar.
Wipe the windows with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are preferred for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks.
Don’t Neglect to Clean your Window Treatments
A crystal-clear 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 leave them in the washer and run on cold water and air dry them. For thinner window treatments, you’ll need to handle them more delicately, and wash them by hand in a sink or tub.
Plantation shutters might be the easiest window treatment when it comes to cleaning. Get rid of 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.
Spring is also an ideal time to think about switching things up with some new window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Connecticut Idea Gallery to get inspired with beautiful window treatment photos.
Pay Attention to Your Appliances
Your fridge, oven and washer and dryer are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Especially with modern appliances like those made of stainless steel, looks can be just as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look brand-new once more.
Stainless steel appliances can be polished using a solution made of 1 tsp. dish soap and 1 qt. of warm water, applied with a wet cloth and air-dried.
Get Every Single Surface
You’re probably going to spend some time on your walls and floors when you do spring clean, but remember to spread that attention around to some of those often neglected surfaces. Below are just a few of the spots that are often forgotten when doing your spring cleaning:
Any switches or handles that are often touched. These could be on the toilet, doors, or any other spot in your home.
All surfaces in your shower, including the door, floor, and soap ledge.
The tops of your ceiling fan blades.
Underneath appliances - specifically the bigger appliances such as the fridge164 and washer/dryer.