It’s that time of the year again— spring cleaning time. There’s nothing worse than opening up your drapes or shutters to find smudged, streaky windows. Use these four window cleaning tips to tackle this task and get windows that sparkle and shine.

1. Nix the Paper Towels.

Even the prettiest window treatment will look dull with a streaky window. For a streak-free finish, use a microfiber cloth, an unused coffee filter, or plain newspaper to avoid leaving any lint behind.

Pro Tip: Purchasing an inexpensive squeegee will make a huge difference in drying, just don’t forget to wipe off the squeegee in between swipes.

2. Make Your Own Cleaner.

Forget expensive commercial cleaners and try this DIY solution: 2 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing soap. Mix it up in a bucket and dip your rag in or add it all into a spray bottle and shake it up.

Pro Tip: Don’t skip the soap. It’s what helps the mixture suds up so you can see what to wipe away and cuts through buildup and grime.

3. Skip the Sunshine.

A sunny day might seem like the perfect time to get outside and get washing, especially during these not-too-hot spring months. However, warm sunshine can dry your cleaning solution before you have a chance to wipe it off, which will leave a residue. Pick an overcast or cloudy day, or choose a time when the sun isn’t shining directly on your windows.

Pro Tip: When working inside, place a towel along the bottom of your window to catch any drips, then use it to wipe the edges when you’re finished.

4. Don’t forget your window treatments.

Whether you have shutters, blinds, or drapes, it’s important to make sure they get some freshening up this spring too for the full sparkling window effect. Try using a dusting cloth or a vacuum with brush attachment to get rid of any dust that has settled.

You can also use a bit of Pine-sol, diluted with water. Dampen a cloth with the mixture and carefully clean your shutters or blinds, but make sure to dry them well.

Pro Tip: Are your drapes feeling extra musty? Remove them from their rings and run them through a gentle air-fluff cycle in your dryer along with a damp towel to draw away dust. Hang them up immediately after to avoid wrinkles.

For a total window refresh, this spring choose Regency Shutters

If you’re looking for an entirely new look in your home or office this spring, you’d be amazed at what a difference new window treatments can make. Tired of drab drapes? We’ll outfit your windows with gorgeous wood or poly shutters. Got broken blinds? Let us help you upgrade to beautiful custom drapes or energy-efficient solar shades.

Whatever look you are going for, we can help you achieve it. Call the experts at Regency Shutter & Shade today at (561) 612-3183 to schedule an in-home or in-office consultation. Remember to visit our website for more ideas and inspiration.

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