Philadelphia Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is just around the corner, Philadelphia! If you’ve been huddled inside to hide away from the cold, now’s the perfect opportunity to crack those windows and think about spring cleaning. You might have your normal spring cleaning regimen, but all too often homeowners can skip over a few important tasks.
Here are some recommendations to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy our favorite season in Philadelphia.
Clean Your Windows For Spring
It’s normal to get up in mid-March and realize that the less-than-stellar view out your window isn’t because of winter weather–it’s because of a gunked window. Spring is the perfect time to deep clean your windows. Get that beautiful view back with the following instructions.
If the window opens, completely open it and remove any dirt or debris in the sill. First remove 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 will help your window operate more easily, and ensure your window can completely shut.
Spray down the window with a cleaning solution. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, or mix a homemade cleaner with two parts warm water and one part vinegar.
Clean the glass with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are preferred for cleaning glass and leave the least amount of 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 such as curtains or draperies, cleaning can be difficult. For thick fabric window coverings, remove them from the wall and shake them outdoors to 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 be more delicate in how you handle them, so wash them by hand in a sink or tub.
Plantation shutters might be the easiest window treatment to clean. Get rid of dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to get rid of any stain, then dry with a cloth.
Now is also a perfect time to think about replacing your window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia Idea Gallery to see gorgeous photos of ways a new window treatment can revamp.
Spend Time on Your Appliances
Your fridge, stove and dishwasher are just as much furniture as appliances. Particularly with newer appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks may be just 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 shined up with a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, cleaned with a damp cloth and air-dried.
Don’t Neglect a Single Surface
You’re likely going to give your floors and walls some much-needed attention when you do your spring cleaning, but don’t forget to spread some attention around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. Here are just a few of the areas that are easy to neglect when doing your spring cleaning:
All handles or switches that hands touch. This could be in the bathroom, on electronics, or any other spot in your house.
All surfaces in your shower, like the door, base, and soap ledge.
The top sides of ceiling fans.
Under your appliances - specifically the bigger appliances such as your refrigerator164 and washer/dryer.