Posted by Paradigm On March - 22 - 2012 0 Comment

Boise weather has been balmy and wonderful the past few days, which has everyone thinking and talking spring. Just as sure as we all know that warm spring days are on their way, we also know that spring cleaning days are here. To help you get started with your spring home projects, Paradigm would like to offer some tips on how to get organized and make the most of these beautiful spring days by clearing out the clutter and scrubbing away the film of winter weather so that you can get the most out of your summer.

Thanks to the folks at, anyone can get organized and start their cleaning process out right with their free, downloadable spring cleaning lists. They even have their lists sectioned out by area – outdoors, utility room, kitchen – you name it. This is a fantastic way to get started, and each list includes a handy product guide that will help you find the best cleaning agents for every project.

Perhaps the most tedious task on any spring cleaning list is washing windows. Our standard with every Paradigm home is to install top-quality windows with easy to remove screens so that your window cleaning experience is as simple as possible, but until someone invents self-cleaning glass, your windows still need to be cleaned at least once a year. Here are some tips from TLC Home on how to get that glass diamond-bright:

  • Wash one side of a window with horizontal strokes and the other side with vertical strokes so you can pinpoint which side of the window has a streak.
  • Use a squeegee on a long handle or a sponge/squeegee combination to prevent streaks on large windows.
  • Eliminate tiny scratches on glass by polishing the affected areas with toothpaste.
  • Washing windows should be done on a cloudy day, because direct sunlight dries cleaning solutions before you can polish the glass properly.
  • Use a soft toothbrush or cotton swab to clean corners.
  • To give an extra shine to window glass, polish it with well-washed cotton T-shirts or old cloth diapers. Or rub a clean blackboard eraser over a freshly washed and dried window to give it a diamond-bright shine.
  • Polish windows to a sparkling shine with crumpled newspaper. The paper also leaves a film that’s resistant to dirt.
  • Wash windows from the top down to prevent drips.
  • Remember that cleaning agents can damage woodwork – don’t let them drip on the windowsill where they can harm the paint or varnish.

At Paradigm, we’re always looking for new ways to help our clients keep their custom home looking as beautiful as the day they moved in. Our company commitment to the very best in building materials and appliances makes spring cleaning a much simpler and more enjoyable task, and hopefully the tips provided here make that job even easier.

We’d love to share our vision of top-quality custom home construction with you – please stop by and visit our latest masterpiece for the 2012 Spring Parade of Homes in beautiful Eagle, Idaho on May 5 – 20th.

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