San Jose Spring Cleaning Tips03/13/2017Curtis Orton Spring is just around the corner, San Jose! If you’ve spent winter huddled inside, now’s the perfect time to crack those windows and start thinking about spring cleaning. You may have your normal spring cleaning regimen, but all too often homeowners can forget a few important tasks. These are just a few pointers to max out your spring cleaning from your floors to your shutters, so you can enjoy the best season in San Jose. Clean Your Windows For Spring It’s normal to wake up in the middle of March and realize that the less-than-stellar view out your bedroom window isn’t due to winter weather–it’s due to a grimy window. Spring is a great opportunity to give your windows a deep clean. Get your awesome view back with the following steps. If your window opens, fully open it and remove any dirt or debris in the track. Try first to remove as much as possible with the track dry, then wash with warm soapy water and a rag to clean out the remainder. This helps your window open and close easier, and ensure your window can shut completely. Spray down the window with a glass cleaner. You can use either a store-bought chemical cleaner, or create a homemade cleaner using one part vinegar and two parts warm water. Wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth. Microfibers are the most effective at cleaning glass and leave fewer streaks. Don’t Forget to Clean the Window Treatments A spotless glass window is no good if the window treatment isn’t just as clean. For fabric window treatments like curtains or draperies, cleaning can be a hassle. For thick fabrics, remove them from the wall and shake them outdoors to get rid of any loose debris, then pop 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 bathtub or sink. 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. To spot clean, wipe with a slightly wet cloth to get rid of the stain, then dry with a cloth. Spring is also a fantastic time to think about switching up your window treatments. Check out the Sunburst Shutters San Jose Idea Gallery for some inspiration on new window treatments for your home. Pay Attention to Your Appliances Your fridge, oven and washer and dryer are just as much furniture as appliances. Especially with newer appliances such as those made of stainless steel, looks may be equally as important as functionality. Clean all the nooks and crannies of your appliances, and get them back to their original condition. Stainless steel appliances can be shined up using a solution made of 1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 quart of warm water, applied with a damp cloth and air-dried. Get Every Single Surface You’re probably going to give your floors and walls some much-needed attention when you do your spring cleaning, but remember to spread some love around to some of those often neglected surfaces. Below are just a few of the places that are often forgotten when doing your spring cleaning: All handles or knobs that hands touch. These could be on the toilet, on electronics, or anywhere else in your home. All surfaces in your shower, including the door, base, and soap ledge. The top sides of ceiling fans. Under your appliances - specifically the big appliances such as your refrigerator164 and washer/dryer. Get Your San Jose Home Looking Beautiful Again No one loves spring cleaning, but we all have to do it. For additional help on cleaning and maintaining your window treatments, or if you want to reinvigorate your home this spring with some new window treatments, call Sunburst Shutters San Jose at 916-542-1305, or use 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 greet the season.