Spring has officially arrived here in the GTA and that can only mean one thing, and no, we aren’t talking about the Jays’ home opener. By losing to the Brewers 4–3 the Blue Jays have cemented a 6 year home opener losing streak, so we never talk about the first game at the Roger’s Centre.
What we’re talking about is that our annual spring cleaning is back on the docket, with many of us around the GTA donning our yellow gloves to wipe off the dust and scrub away the dirt. As you roll up your sleeves in preparation of giving your home some elbow grease, we want to remind you that your windows and their coverings deserve some attention this spring, so don’t forget to add the following tasks to your list.
Launder Your Drapes, Curtains, & Valances
The decorative cloth you install to enhance the look of our windows are a great design technique for those looking for simple ways to alter their interior style. They’re also a great dust magnet. They can act like sponges throughout the winter as our furnaces blast circulated air and debris throughout our home.
Though you may not see the dust, it’s definitely there, and it can trigger asthma-like symptoms in those who are sensitive to dust, pet dander, and other allergens. Take your curtains off the rods and put them through an appropriate cleaning cycle in your washer, but take care with certain fabrics. You may need to have them professionally cleaned depending on their size or material.
Wash Your Windows Inside & Out
After you’ve stripped your windows bare, it’s time to assess their glass. We can’t appreciate the blooming world around us if our windows are covered in dust and dirt. Rather than washing them with cleaning solutions that are full of chemicals, see how well just plain tap water and vinegar can work.
Combine one part hot water to one part distilled white vinegar in a bucket. Dip a cloth or sponge into the mixture and scrub away. Depending on your materials at hand, you can use a squeegee to prevent streaks from drying on the glass. Just remember to work top to bottom while keeping firm, even pressure with each stroke. If you don’t have a squeegee, a dry microfiber cloth can buff out any streaks left behind.
Dust Your Blinds, Shades Or Shutters
Keep that microfiber cloth handy if you have aluminum, wooden, or plastic blinds and shutters. You can use it to dust off the slats that make up these window treatments. If there are any tough or stubborn stains left on these slats, use a fresh bucket of hot water and vinegar to attack the dirt. While doing this take the time to inspect the condition of your blinds. If you find a number of rips or tears, it may be time to call us.
You can also choose to use your vacuum, as long as you attach the brush accessory to its hose on these styles, and it’s gentle enough for any fabric shutters. This technique will also help suck up any dust and other debris collected in the corners.
Once you’ve completed these steps, your windows will be ready to tackle another yea. Either fresh and clean after a thorough washing or brand new from our installation, it should sound simple. Even if cleaning isn’t one of your favourite hobbies, you have to admit it’s not as hard as breaking the curse of the Jays’ home opener would be!