The unbridled joy that fills the heart of every Calgarian can almost be tangible when the weather starts to stay above freezing overnight and the promise of spring can be seen everywhere. The snow piles start to reduce, small buds can be seen on the trees and the air no long tries to freeze your lungs when you step outside.
This time of rebirth and renewal triggers a mad desire in many people to “spring clean” their house, and this will happen this year even though many of us have spent most of 2020 under some form of quarantine. All this time spent looking at our homes in close detail means that we’re ready for a deep clean, and nowhere is this more important than in your sunroom.
Spring Cleaning Chores for a Three Season Sunroom
A full spring clean is essential if you have a three season sunroom, and it’s been months since you’ve sat in your glorious indoor/outdoor space. However, it’s also a great opportunity to refresh and revamp your all season sunroom too to make it ready for months of relaxing. Here are some simple sunroom spring cleaning tips:
- Clear the tracks – your doors are literally your gateway to your garden and the smells of summer. However, the tracks that your doors slide or close on are the easiest place for dirt and grime to accumulate, with the wind and foot traffic that make deposits there on a daily basis. Left uncleaned, these can clog up making it harder to open your doors. A great spring cleaning task is to either get a thin vacuum attachment and get right in between the rails, or turn the garden hose onto a jet setting and blast the dirt out. In either case, you’ll want to go over the tracks afterwards with a cloth and brush to get any dirt that has been welded on.
- Hit the screens –Desert Sun Patios uses only screens that are set in place permanently. We recommend wiping your screens down with a wet microfibre cloth followed by a dry microfibre wipe. If you are on the ground level you will be able to clean both inside and outside of the screen. If you are on the upper level, not to worry, cleaning the inside of your second level screen room or sunroom, will keep your interior fresh. The exterior of the second level, is not subject to the ground level dirt and debris.
- Clean the windows – it may sound obvious with all the glass in your sunroom, but cleaning the windows will help make your sunroom feel brand new again. You’ll be amazed at how much dirt accumulates on both sides of the glass which will slowly affect the amount of light coming in if you don’t clean it. Use any sort of shop-bought window cleaner to get the grime away, or if you’re trying to go green this year, simply mix white vinegar and water with a wee bit of sunlight soap. For the best streak-free results, crumpled up newspaper actually works better than even the softest paper towels!
Spring Cleaning Chores for a Four Season Sunroom
Just like any other room in your house, your four season sunroom could still benefit from a good spring cleaning even though you’ll have been doing basic cleaning and maintenance all winter long. In addition to the spring cleaning jobs that you would do for a three season sunroom, you should also think about:
- Moving out the furniture – your four season sunroom will gather dust and dirt in the same way as any other room in your home. The dirtiest places, as always will be under the couches and rugs, and around the baseboards where tables and bookcases are pushed up against the walls. You should take advantage of the spring cleaning madness to move all of the furniture out of the way and get into all those hard to reach places. Before you just shove all the pieces of furniture back into their original spaces, you may want to redesign the space and either put things back in a new configuration or swap out items to create a fresh look for your sunroom.
- Dry cleaning the soft furnishings – whatever configuration that you choose for the furniture, your soft furnishings could always do with a fresh up. However, unless you specifically bought covers that are removable and machine washable, you’ll need to take them to the dry cleaners to get them looking their best for the warmer months. You should also take the opportunity of having the sunroom out of action to deep clean the curtains and any area rugs with a high quality carpet cleaner. Not only will your room look and smell spring fresh, but you’ll rest easier in the knowledge that you’ve cleaned out any harmful allergens for your family and friends.
- Touching up the walls – your sunroom is likely one of the highest usage rooms in your home, and like any other high traffic area, the walls will begin to show wear and tear over time. This might be cosmetic stains from messy fingers or more permanent damage from furniture bangs and scrapes. In both cases, you can make the most of having a sunroom free of furniture and soft furnishings to dig out the spackle and give all the walls a wash. If you’re feeling truly inspired, or just want to create a brand new spring look, you should think about repainting the walls while you’re in the spring cleaning mood.
All of these four season sunroom tasks can be done by you and your family over the course of a few weekends, but if you’re attempting a bigger cleaning task, it can be more satisfying to have a team of professionals do the job for you in the space of a day or two. While it will cost a significant amount of money, the surprise factor combined with the fresh look will make you feel like you’re on a home improvement show and make you fall in love with your sunroom all over again.