{window treatment wednesday: clean your window treatments}

Get down to spring cleaning this season with your window treatments.

It’s time to tackle spring cleaning tasks, and depending on your routine and available time, you may clean your home from top to bottom, hit a few “must dos” or simply be too busy to even think about it!

If you do have spring cleaning plans, don’t forget about your window coverings. They can really collect dust and need a thorough cleaning periodically. To give us tips on methods and recommendations for cleaning window treatments is Hirshfield’s expert Shannon Scarrella.

  • Blinds, Plantation Shutters and Other Horizontal Products: “On the many horizontal products that are out there, the Swiffer works great,” says Scarrella. “I’m also a fan of the dust clothes that are available. For faux woods, I take a slightly damp rag and wipe it across the slats.”

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{prepping your home’s interior and exterior}

March 20 marked the first official day of spring, and that means it’s time to start your spring cleaning! Now that the days are longer and the sun is shining abundantly, you’ll want your home’s exterior in great shape to show off your house. When the inevitable April showers arrive, focus on improving your home’s interior. These tips can help!

Old Man Winter spent a lot of time visiting this past season, and exterior finishes were ravaged by the harsh conditions. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in rejuvenating a home battered by ice, wind, and snow time and again this winter.

Outside, use lush landscape to highlight your home’s best features, whether it’s a large lawn or bay windows. Greenery and bright blooms will add color and vibrancy to your lot, which will continue to flourish as spring turns into summer.

This Old House

Another way to boost curb appeal is through simple changes. Give your windows a good cleaning. Power wash decks and patios. Paint or replace your front door to give your home a whole new look.


Design Buzz

Inside, give each room in your house a thorough cleaning. Get rid of clutter and place items you no longer use in storage. Create shelving units or find furniture, baskets, or containers that can keep books, magazines, and remotes out of sight and free of dust.

Architects for Life

For a new, refreshed look in your home, rearrange the layout of your furniture or add slipcovers to give your space a makeover with new patterns, designs, and styles. You can also restore floors by waxing linoleum and steaming carpets.

Update your kitchen and bathroom by replacing hardware. Change knobs, handles, and fixtures with different sizes, shapes, or colors for a whole new look.


Kitchen Improved

Make your house the most beautiful on the block! What plans do you have to invigorate your home this season?

{environmentally friendly cleaning}

While Earth Day only comes around once a year, it seems like housecleaning is an everyday event. So instead of waiting for a particular day to celebrate plant Earth, I’m trying to keep the “green” spirit alive all year round in my home by using environmentally friendly cleaning products.

In my quest to rid my family of dangerous cleaning supplies (filled with chemicals and odors), I’ve found a few products that I regularly use. I particularly like Achoo Allergy and Air Products and I order their glass cleaner all the time – it is void of harsh chemicals and odors while effectively cleaning surfaces all over my house.

I also like Mrs. Meyer’s line of eco-friendly cleaning products. There are no solvents, no bleach and no harsh fumes in their line, and they do what they are designed to do: clean my house!

Here’s another eco-friendly winner I’ve found at Hirshfield’s stores. Winning Colours® Stain Remover is ready to tackle drips, drops and disasters everywhere. It cleans up paint, grease, grim and goo. You’ll discover thousands of cleaning uses in one convenient solution. Unlike ordinary solvents that are used to clean up paint messes, glue residue and other stains, Winning Colours works great with water on a variety of surfaces including carpets and textiles.

So even though Earth Day just passed, keep your home “green” (and clean!) all year round with these products. I would also love to hear what environmentally friendly products you like to use around your home!

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