Boise Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is finally in the air, Boise! If you’ve spent winter huddled inside, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and begin thinking about spring cleaning. You might have your typical spring cleaning plan, but all too often homeowners can skip over a few important items.
These are some pointers to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the prettiest season in Boise.
Clean Your Windows For Spring
It’s normal to get out of bed in the middle of March and realize that the lousy view out your bedroom window isn’t caused by winter weather–it’s caused by a filthy window. Spring is an ideal opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get that beautiful view back with these instructions.
If the window opens, completely open it and remove any debris and dust in the track. First remove as much as possible with the track dry, then wash with warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the rest. This helps your window open and shut easier, and ensure your window can completely shut.
Spray down the glass with a cleaning solution. You can use either a cleaner you buy at the store, or mix a homemade cleaner with one part vinegar and two parts warm water.
Wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are effective at cleaning glass and leave the least amount of streaks.
Don’t Forget to Clean the Window Treatments
A 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 troublesome. For thick fabric window coverings, remove them from the wall and shake them outdoors to get rid of any loose debris, then put 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 sink or tub.
Plantation shutters are by far the easiest window treatment when it comes to cleaning. Get rid of dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or duster. For spot cleaning, use a slightly damp cloth to remove the stain, then dry with a cloth.
Spring is also an awesome time to think about replacing your window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters Boise Idea Gallery to see stunning photos of ways a new window treatment can revamp.
Spend Time on Your Appliances
Your fridge, oven and dishwasher are just as much furniture as appliances. Particularly with newer appliances like stainless steel appliances, looks are just as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and make them look brand-new again.
Stainless steel appliances can be polished with a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, applied with a wet cloth and air-dried.
Don’t Neglect a Single Surface
You’re probably going to give your floors and walls some needed attention when you do spring clean, but be sure to spread some love around to some of those often neglected surfaces. Below are just a few of the areas that are easy to skip over when spring cleaning:
All knobs or switches that hands touch. These could be on the toilet, doors, or anywhere else in the home.
Various shower surfaces, including the door, base, and soap ledge.
The tops of your ceiling fan blades.
Under your appliances - especially the big appliances such as the fridge164 and dishwasher.