San Diego Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Kimball Jones Spring is just around the corner, San Diego! If you’ve been huddled inside your home to hide away from the cold, now’s a great time to open those windows and think about spring cleaning. You may have your typical spring cleaning checklist, but all too frequently homeowners can skip over a few important items.Here are just a few recommendations to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy our favorite season in San Diego.Spring Clean Your Windows It’s common to get up in the middle of March and realize that the less-than-stellar view out your bedroom window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a dirty window. Spring is the perfect opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get that beautiful view back with the following instructions.If the window opens, open it all the way and clean out any dirt and dust in the sill. Try first to clean out as much as you can with the track dry, then use warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the rest. This helps your window operate easier, and ensure your window can completely shut.Spray down the window with a glass cleaner. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, 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 the most effective at cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks.Don’t Forget to Clean the Window TreatmentsA clean glass window is no good if 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 shake them outdoors to get rid of any loose debris, then pop them in the washer and run on cold water 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 might be the simplest window treatment to clean. Get rid of dust by wiping down with a microfiber cloth or duster. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to take off any stain, then go over with a dry cloth. Spring is also a perfect time to think about switching things up with some new window treatments. Take a look at the Sunburst Shutters San Diego Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home.Give Some Love to Your AppliancesYour fridge, oven and washer and dryer are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Particularly with newer appliances such as stainless steel appliances, looks may be equally as important as function. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and get them back to the condition they were when you first bought them.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.Don’t Neglect a Single SurfaceYou’re probably going to give your floors and walls some needed attention when you do your spring cleaning, but remember to spread some love around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. These are just a couple of the areas that are easy to skip over when spring cleaning:Any handles or switches that are often touched. These could be on the toilet, on electronics, or anywhere else in your house.Various shower surfaces, including the door, base, and soap ledge.The tops of your ceiling fan blades.Underneath appliances - especially the bigger appliances like your fridge164 and washer/dryer. Get Your San Diego Home Looking Beautiful This SpringNo one loves spring cleaning, but we’ve all got to do it. For further 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 San Diego at 858-956-5822, or use the form below. We’ll come out to your home for a free no-strings-attached consultation and help you find a perfect new window treatment to welcome spring.