As spring is in full swing, flowers are blooming, allergies are looming and your house has accumulated a winter’s worth of clutter, dust and other general “I will do it later” messes. It may seem like an insurmountable feat to clean it all up, but it’s hardly an obstacle if you follow a few simple cleaning hacks from your replacement windows experts at Superior.
CLEAN WINDOWS IN A SNAP
Ok, so you have let your home windows go and they are full of winters sediment, fingerprints and who knows what else. Getting home windows clean doesn’t have to take all day when you do it right. Start by ditching the rags or paper towels and grab a rubber squeegee and some sponges from your local Home Depot or Lowes. You can buy all sizes and widths and they even have optional extenders to reach those high windows. The best window cleaning solution is a bucket of warm water, a few drops of dish soap and 2 cups of vinegar to prevent streaking.
Start by dipping a sponge into the cleaning solution and wipe all the dirt off the window. Take your squeegee, dampen it a bit and starting from the upper corner of the pane, draw it from top to bottom. Wipe the squeegee edge off with the sponge after each overlapping stroke. If you are doing a large window like a bay style, use the squeegee in a snaking motion and tidy up the edges when done. The last step is simply drying window sills with a clean cloth. If you have blinds you will want to clean them as well. Wood blinds just need some wood cleaner on a dry sponge and wipe them clean. Metal blinds, take outdoors and use a sprayer connected to a hose along with some gentle scrubbing with the same cleaning solution for the windows.
DEODERIZE WITH THE SPRING BREEZE
One way to give your house a fresh feel is to reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Most have a switch between the two settings near the base of the blades. The standard setting provides a breeze when it’s hot, but when you switch it, your fan will draw in the fresh spring breeze from outside. If you’ve invested in our double hung replacement windows, then those should come in real handy during spring, otherwise, open your regular home windows, at least one on the front and one on the back of the house and the fan will do the rest by creating a constant cross breeze of fresh air. This will deodorize your home and keep it smelling clean.
TACKLE THE FLOORS WITH EASE
If you have wood, tile or vinyl floors you want them looking their best, nothing says clean like squeaky clean and shiny floors. With wood floors, even those that are “no wax” variety, cleaning them with a wax and wash combo solvent will add a layer of protection and vibrancy. With vinyl and tile floors, mopping with a 3 to 1 mixture of water and Pine Sol does wonders and makes the house smell wonderful. If you have carpet, the easiest way to get them clean is to rent a carpet cleaner from your local Wal-Mart and simply follow the instructions; they are incredibly easy and affordable.
FRESHEN THE TOILETS NATURALLY
One item that is very easy and quick to refresh for spring is the toilet. Start with a simple natural solution to freshen it up. Dump 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes then flush and pour 1 capful of orange oil in the bowl and walk away. It will do wonders for your bathroom and leave it smelling fresh.
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Of course, if you really want to go all out and give your home a mini makeover for spring simply click HERE to contact one of our home windows experts to discuss your options for replacement windows to add value and efficiency to your home for a lifetime.