Honolulu Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Darren Wong Spring is almost here, Honolulu! If you’ve spent the last season huddled inside, now’s a great time to open those windows and think about spring cleaning. You may have your normal spring cleaning plan, but all too often homeowners can forget a few important tasks. These are some pointers to get the most out of your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you’re able to enjoy the prettiest season in Honolulu. Spring Clean Your Windows It’s normal to get up in mid-March and realize that the subpar view out your window isn’t due to winter weather–it’s due to a dirty window. Spring is the perfect time to give your windows a deep clean. Get that beautiful view back with the following steps. If your window opens, open it all the way 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 rest. This will help your window open and close easier, and make sure your window can close completely. Spray down the glass with a glass cleaner. You can use either a chemical cleaner bought off the shelf, or create a homemade cleaner with two parts warm water and one part vinegar. Clean the glass with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are preferred for cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks. Don’t Neglect to Clean your Window Treatments A clean glass window is no good if the window treatment isn’t just as clean. For fabric window treatments like drapes or curtains, cleaning can be a hassle. For thick fabrics, 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 window treatments, you’ll want to handle them more delicately, and wash them by hand in a sink or tub. Plantation shutters are probably the simplest window treatment when it comes to cleaning. Get rid of dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or barely damp rag. To spot clean, use a slightly damp cloth to get rid of the stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Spring is also a fantastic time to think about replacing your window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters Honolulu 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 just as much furniture as appliances. Particularly with modern appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks can be equally as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and restore them to their original condition. Stainless steel appliances can be shined up with a solution made of 1 tsp. dish soap and 1 qt. of warm water, cleaned with a wet cloth and air-dried. Get Every Single Surface You’re probably going to give your floors and walls some much-needed TLC when you do your spring cleaning, but be sure to spread that attention around to some of those often neglected surfaces. These are just a few of the spots that are often forgotten when spring cleaning: All knobs or switches that are often touched. These could be in the bathroom, on electronics, or anywhere else in your house. Various shower surfaces, including the door, floor, and soap ledge. The tops of your ceiling fan blades. Underneath appliances - especially the big appliances like your fridge164 and dishwasher. Get Your Honolulu Home Looking Great Again No one loves spring cleaning, but we’ve all got to do it. For more help on cleaning and sprucing up your window coverings, or if you want to reinvigorate your home this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu at 808-797-2004, or fill out the form below. We’ll come to where you live for a free window design consultation and help you choose a perfect new window treatment to welcome the spring weather.