Phoenix Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is almost here, Phoenix! If you’ve been huddled inside to hide away from the cold, now’s a great time to open those windows and think about spring cleaning. You may have your annual spring cleaning checklist, but all too frequently homeowners can skip over a few important details.
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 Phoenix.
Clean Your Windows For Spring
It’s common to get up in the middle of March and realize that the lousy view out your bedroom window isn’t due to winter weather–it’s due to a dirty window. Spring is an ideal opportunity to give your windows a deep clean. Get your awesome view back with the following instructions.
If your window opens, completely open it and remove any debris and dust in the track. First remove as much as possible with a dry cloth or small brush, then wash with warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the remainder. This will help your window open and close easier, and make sure your window can shut completely.
Spray the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a chemical cleaner bought off the shelf, or make a homemade cleaner 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 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 like drapes or curtains, cleaning can be difficult. For thick fabric treatments, remove them from 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 fabrics, you’ll want to handle them more delicately, and wash them by hand in a bathtub or sink.
Plantation shutters are by far the simplest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to get rid of the stain, then go over with a dry cloth.
Now is also an awesome time to think about switching up your window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters Phoenix Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home.
Spend Time on Your Appliances
Your refrigerator, stove and washing machine are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Particularly with newer appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks may be equally as important as functionality. 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.
Get Every Single Surface
You’re likely going to give your floors and walls some long overdue attention when you do your spring cleaning, but be sure to spread that love around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. Here are just a couple of the places that are easy to forget when doing your spring cleaning:
Any knobs or handles that get touched a lot. These could be on the toilet, on electronics, or any other spot in your house.
All surfaces in your shower, like the door, floor, and soap ledge.
The top sides of your ceiling fan blades.
Appliance undersides - specifically the bigger appliances like your fridge164 and dishwasher.