Tampa Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is almost here, Tampa! If you’ve been huddled inside the house to hide away from the cold, now’s a great time to open those windows and begin thinking about spring cleaning. You may have your typical spring cleaning regimen, but all too often homeowners can skip over a few important details.
Here are just a few tips to improve your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you’re able to enjoy the best season in Tampa.
Spring Clean Your Windows
It’s common to wake up 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 gunked window. Spring is an ideal opportunity to deep clean your windows. Get your awesome view back with the following instructions.
If the window opens, completely open it and clean out any dirt or debris in the sill. First clean out as much as possible with a dry cloth or small brush, then use warm soapy water and a cloth or brush to clean out the remainder. This will let your window operate easier, and ensure your window can shut completely.
Spray down the window with a glass cleaner. You can use either a chemical cleaner bought off the shelf, or create a homemade cleaner with one part vinegar and two parts warm water.
Clean the glass with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are the most effective at cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks.
Don’t Neglect to Clean those Window Treatments
A spotless 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 an issue. For thick fabric window coverings, remove them from the wall and take them outdoors to shake and get rid of any loose debris, then put 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 hand-wash them in a bathtub or sink.
Plantation shutters might be the simplest window treatment to clean. Remove dust by going once-over with a microfiber cloth or barely damp rag. For spot cleaning, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to take off any stain, then dry with a cloth.
Spring is also an ideal time to think about switching things up with some new window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters Tampa Idea Gallery to see gorgeous photos of ways a new window treatment can revamp.
Pay Attention to Your Appliances
Your refrigerator, oven and dishwasher are as much pieces of furniture as they are appliances. Particularly with newer appliances such as those made of stainless steel, looks can 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 shined up with a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, cleaned with a wet cloth and air-dried.
Don’t Neglect a Single Surface
You’re likely going to spend some time on your walls and floors when you do spring clean, but be sure to spread that love around to some of the most often neglected surfaces. Here are just a few of the areas that are easy to skip over when spring cleaning:
All switches or handles that hands touch. This could be on the toilet, doors, or any other spot in the house.
Various shower surfaces, like the door, base, and soap ledge.
The top sides of ceiling fans.
Appliance undersides - specifically the larger appliances like your refrigerator164 and washer/dryer.