Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s about time to bust open those windows – and also the cleaning supplies in the back of your cabinets. Spring cleaning can be one of the most rewarding tasks. Whether you’re simply donating unused clothing items and getting rid of junk that’s been piling up over the years, doing a complete home makeover, or looking to clean in the areas of your home that you might have neglected for the past year, getting started can be the hardest part.
Vacuuming and sweeping up around the house are what most people think of when getting in the swing of cleaning. But it’s those parts of your home like corners of your home, windows, and even insect screens that often get overlooked. In this article, we wanted to provide you with a few tips that can help you tackle Spring Cleaning in those neglected areas like a pro.
Use newspaper to clean dirty windows and mirrors
- Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the glass area and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free window or mirror. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.
Recycle old socks to use as dusting mitts
- Cotton is a great fabric for trapping dust particles. Try using a (clean) pair of socks as dust mitts and you’ll have more control over where dust goes. Give the tops of your mirrors or ledges of your windowsill a clean wipe with one of your old socks and you’ll be amazed at the amount of dirt and dust that have accumulated over the months.
Wrap a towel over a broom to clean hard-to-reach places
- Cobwebs and dust can collect in room corners, on ceiling fans and around windows that are placed higher on your walls. Wipe them away by securing a towel over the bristle end of a broom with a large rubber band. The dust and cobwebs stick to the cloth.
Use your garden hose to rinse off unwanted pests and dirt from your insect screens
- Spray the outside of your insect screen with your garden hose. Then take a soft bristle brush with a mild solution of soap and water to brush off debris that still might be clinging on to your screens. Wash off the screen once again and you’ll have a clearer view of the outdoors through your windows.
Renewal by Andersen’s True-Scene Insect Screens have their own care and maintenance instructions. If you have Renewal by Andersen windows installed in your home and want more information on how to easily care for them, watch our video below. You can also feel free to give us a call with any questions or concerns about cleaning your windows or insect screens.