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19
Apr 18

Places to Celebrate Earth Day in Seattle!

Earth Day
Give back to the Earth today!

April 22nd is Earth Day and if you’re looking to learn how to make a positive environmental impact starting with Seattle, we’ve got you covered.

At EarthDay.org, their mission is to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

Earth Day is nearing its 50th anniversary in 2020. Since its inception on April 22, 1970, the environmental movement has become a key issue in America and the world at large, “mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.”

There are tons of Earth Day events in Seattle that are not only fun, you get to meet new people that have one common goal – improving the health of our planet! Here are a few events you can attend for Earth Day:

Roo’s World of Discovery. On Friday, April 20th, Kiddo Local and FridaRoo’s World of Discovery are offering nature-themed storytelling with interactive art projects to follow. The event starts from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Preschoolers and toddlers welcome!

The Student Conservation Association is hosting 60 projects on Earth Day at Washington Park Arboretum from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, April 21. “Volunteers will restore the Washington Park Arboretum through planting, mulching, removing invasive species, and maintaining trails throughout the arboretum.” Make sure to register in advance and learn what you need to bring. Light refreshments and an after-party are included.

Zero Waste Washington will host an Earth Day Forum from 12pm to 1pm on Friday, April 20th at the UW Tower. If you’re curious about how to reduce your carbon footprint, this is the event for you. Learn useful tips on how to reuse and recycle; small changes go a long way.

Environmental Works Earth Day Celebration is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the community through socially responsible building designs. On April 20th, 3pm to 6pm, they will be hosting a Full Tilt Ice Cream bar for the first 75 attendees. While enjoying some ice cream, you can learn more about what they are all about and help contribute to their cause.

The Tacoma Nature Center is hosting the Earth Day Migration Celebration. This free family event includes a walk, stories, migration games, and learning to build a birdhouse. Saturday, April 21, from Noon to 4pm.

Magnuson Park Earth Day Run  provides a fun atmosphere where you get to enjoy mother nature and you get to support the planting of trees. Even better yet, by participating in the run/ walk you get a tree planted in your honor! Saturday, April 21, 10am.

Seaward Park Earth Day Restoration will put you to work helping to re-forest a section of the park over Earth Day weekend. They provide the tools and gloves, and you provide the sweat and effort, weeding and mulching. Make sure to RSVP! Starts Saturday, April 21, 10am to 12pm.

What are your plans for Earth Day? Share them with us at #LifeatWeidner.

What Matters to You, Matters to Us!

-The Weidner Team

 

17
Apr 18

Weidner Welcomes Escape Luxury Apartments

Escape Luxury Apartments
Weidner Welcomes Escape Luxury Apartments!

Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to welcome Escape Luxury Apartments to the family, where residents can truly escape the mundane and embrace the new in Phoenix, AZ.

Escape Luxury Apartments is the epitome of urban chic, featuring amenities that rival top resorts including an upscale fitness center and a clubhouse with spectacular views of Camelback Mountain. Lush landscaping and picturesque courtyards lead to a spectacular pool and spa where residents can enjoy every moment of their downtime. This is apartment living at its finest in Phoenix, Arizona.

Each of the one and two bedroom floor plans boast amenities that enable residents to enjoy all the comforts of modern day living, surrounded in luxury every day. Meticulously designed interiors include:

  • Chef-inspired kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances
  • Quartz countertops with waterfall edge
  • Custom cabinetry and pantry
  • Generous living space, accentuated by 9-foot ceilings
  • Two-tone designer paint
  • Full-size washer and dryer

Best of all, Escape Luxury Apartments is a pet-friendly community. Pet owners will adore the “Canine Commons” on-site dog park where they can chat with neighbors while watching their dogs play. Now residents can enjoy upscale, urban living with their four-legged friend right by their side.

The Neighborhood

Escape Luxury Apartments is located south of Camelback Road near the Biltmore and Esplanade area in Phoenix, AZ, offering upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment. Residents can indulge in the excitement of the city, while also enjoying the tranquil, mesmerizing views of Camelback Mountain.

Phoenix is a sprawling metropolitan city with a seamless balance of nature, art, and culture. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy hiking nearby Camelback Mountain, as well as visiting the Desert Botanical Gardens. The Orpheum Theatre, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and the Phoenix Symphony offer fun for the whole family. Those who enjoy shopping as their favorite sport will enjoy the close proximity to Biltmore Fashion Park, Desert Ridge Marketplace, and Paradise Valley Mall. Phoenix has long been considered a golfer’s paradise and according to PhoenixGolfSource.com, “boasts 185 public, private, resort, municipal, and executive golf course destinations.”

Whether you are new to the area, or a native resident looking for luxury apartments in Phoenix, Escape Luxury Apartments is the ideal place to escape the ordinary and level up to luxury. To learn more about how you can join this exquisite community, give us a call!

-The Weidner Team

 

12
Apr 18

One of the Best Bike-Friendly Cities: Seattle

Bike-Friendly City
If you love biking, Seattle is the place to be!

Spring has sprung and the beautiful blooms it brings makes it the perfect time for riding your bicycle. From Texas to Washington, the United States is full of cycling cities and one of the top biking cities is none other than the city of Seattle, WA. Going green is no longer a fad; Living in a bike-friendly city in a bike-friendly apartment community is considered one of the top amenities for renters.

In cities like Seattle, WA, bike riders are part of the everyday scenery, making their way through traffic, parked in front of cafes, shops, and workplaces. Here, riding your bike to work is not viewed as green living, it’s a way of life! Considered the norm, biking for recreation is one of Seattle’s favorite pastimes.

Seattle boasts some exciting excursions for bikers including the picturesque Green Lake trail, featuring a 2.8-mile paved loop which is perfect for bikers of all skill levels and is a smooth ride full of gorgeous views.

For those that prefer a more “off-road” biking experience, the East Lake Sammamish Trail will definitely take you for a ride. the Trail is roughly 11 miles long and is popular among hybrid and mountain biking cyclists. Trust us, for biking, Seattle is the place to be. For an extensive list, Seattle Department of Transportation offers a downloadable map free of charge.

Cities with a high density of bike riders also experience increased economic growth. According to SeattleBikeFriendliness.com, “Studies in cities across the US and Canada show that customers who arrive to your business by foot or by bike visit more frequently and spend more money than those who arrive by car. Cities have proven that cycling supports a thriving business network on a neighborhood scale. After the completion of the 9th Ave protected bike lane in NYC, local businesses saw a 49% increase in retail sales.”

With statistics like that, it’s no wonder bike-friendly cities are popping up all over the nation. The League of American Bicyclists believes that “Bicycling brings people together, communities are safer, stronger and better connected, and our nation is healthier, economically stronger, environmentally cleaner and more energy independent.”

The benefits of bike riding are numerous including increased physical and mental health, an increase in brain power, and natural weight loss. It’s also a great way to connect with your community and a sport the whole family can enjoy together. Cyclists of Greater Seattle has a host of community rides, tours and events ranging from week-long adventures to bike camping excursions and everything in between.

At Weidner, we’re pleased to offer our residents bike-friendly apartment communities for the ultimate in life-work balance and healthy fun. For a tour of bike-friendly communities near you, give us a call! We’re pleased to welcome you home at Weidner Apartment Homes, on and off the trail!

-The Weidner Team

 

10
Apr 18

5 Tips for Finding Your Ideal Apartment Home

Ideal Apartment Home
Find your ideal apartment home with ease!

Where we choose to call home is about as personal as it gets. Home is where we start and end each day, where we plan out our life goals, where we rest up, and where we entertain our friends and family. Home is where we express ourselves. So with all that at play, it’s no wonder apartment hunting can feel like a daunting task.

Here are 5 tips to consider when finding your ideal apartment home:

  1. Make a wish list! Make a list of everything you’ve ever wanted in an apartment and don’t be shy. Dreams are free, after all. It’s not dreaming that can get expensive, especially if you settle for an apartment that doesn’t really speak to your needs. Once you’ve made your list, then go through the list and put asterisks next to the deal-breakers. If you must have a built-in microwave, great. Or if an on-site fitness center is your thing, make sure you get it. That way, in the heat of the excitement (and stress) of apartment hunting, you can keep yourself grounded, focused, and on track with your ideal vision.
  2. Determine your budget. Don’t be afraid to talk about money – with yourself, or with your partner or roommate, whichever is applicable. If you’re relocating from another part of the city or from another state, do some research on the area, review your rent-to-income ratio and see what you can reasonably afford. Financial professionals advise that rent or mortgages should not exceed 30% of your take-home pay. In larger, densely populated cities, that might be more of a challenge, but just know what you can afford and be honest with yourself. It’s great to live in the apartment of your dreams, but not if it means Netflix is your only affordable luxury and you can’t afford to leave your couch. Also, take into account that if you were previously paying $50 per month for your gym, and the new apartment community has a stellar fitness center, that amenity might just offset higher rent costs. Or, perhaps your commute is shorter, saving on gas, tolls, and car repairs.
  3. Decide what neighborhoods you prefer, and start there. This is especially important in larger cities where it can take hours to get from one neighborhood to the next, just to view one apartment. Try to narrow down your search to the neighborhoods you like best, that best fit your personality, the things you like to do on the weekends, how you shop, how you dine. Again, where we live is personal. Make sure the neighborhood has the basics to meet your needs. If you’re a gourmet chef and there isn’t a grocery store with fresh herbs for 30 miles, well, that might get annoying after the initial “honeymoon” period is over at your brand new apartment home. If you love to hang out at parks on the weekends with the kids and the nearest park is two bus rides away, that’s not going to work in the long run. Neighborhoods are our community, so make sure you are ready to embrace yours.
  4. Measure your furniture. Nothing says a doomed apartment relationship like having to give up your favorite furniture piece because it simply won’t fit. Measure your furniture and carry a tape measure with you. Sometimes when the excitement is high, it’s easy to eyeball a wall and think your heirloom dining table will fit just fine. Carry the measurement tape. Carry your wish list!
  5. Visualize yourself living there. There you are getting up for work. That’s you lounging around on the weekends, throwing a dinner party, hanging out at the pool, or doing laundry. How’s it feel to live there? Does it feel like home? Is this place as close to your wish list as it can get? Does it fit into your budget? Do the neighbors look happy? If you have pets, are they a pet-friendly community? (Never try sneaking in a pet- it never works, and the stress isn’t worth your peace of mind.) Is it within a reasonable commute to work? Are they close to public transportation? Does it have all the interior and community amenities you want? If all these factors align, this might be your home sweet apartment home! If there are too many deal-breakers, keep looking. Your ideal apartment home is out there.

Whether you’re relocating from across the country, across town, or this is your first-ever apartment, we’re pleased to help you find the apartment home that best fits your needs.

Weidner Apartment Homes offers convenient and attractive homes for rent in both the US and Canada. Come home to a Weidner community in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington, or across Canada in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. We offer a variety of apartment and townhome styles to suit any taste. Whether you are looking for a traditional apartment or a luxury suite, smoke-free or pet-friendly, we would love to welcome you home.

What matters to you, matters to us!

-The Weidner Team

6
Apr 18

Apartment Living 101 – Kool-Aid & Nail Polish Stains – Gone!

Apartment Living 101

It’s that time again! Time for our newest Apartment Living 101 post! Over the past few weeks we have been helping you clean your apartment and remove all kinds of carpet stains. Those hard to get out wine and coffee stains are no problem for our DIY stain removers. These are so simple and can really help the carpet in your apartment look like new!

We will start with how to remove every kid’s favorite drink (okay and some adults) with just a few items.

Kool-Aid Stain Clean-up

Oh yea? More like oh no!

If you’re watching this video, you probably just spilled your Kool-Aid like I just did.

Here’s a quick list of the things you’ll need:

  • White towels
  • Warm and cold water
  • Dish soap

Alright, let’s get to it!

Blot as much of the Kool-Aid as possible with a towel. Be sure to blot and not scrub. Also, be sure to use a clean side of the towel so you don’t spread the stain.

Next, grab a cup of warm water, and mix in ½ teaspoon of dish soap.

Starting from the outside and working your way in, apply the mixture to the stain. Continue to blot dry with the towel. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Once the stain is gone, rinse with cold water and blot the area dry.

Next up – Remove That Nail Polish Stain Easy

You probably just spilled some nail polish like I just did, right?

Okay, maybe not exactly like I did.

Here’s a quick list of the things you’ll need to get that removed:

  • Hair spray (and this can be the cheap kind)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Toothbrush
  • Cold water

Let’s get to it!

Spray about 15-20 pumps of hair spray over the stain. Then, about 3-5 splashes of rubbing alcohol.

Grab your toothbrush and scrub the stain for about a minute. While scrubbing, keep pouring some cold water onto the stain.

Keep repeating until the stain is removed.

If you’re having the nail polish be a bit stubborn, pour a bit of non-acetone nail polish remover and continue to scrub with the toothbrush.

Once the stain is all gone, dab the are with clean, white towel, then vacuum to remove the excess dirt.

Want more tips for apartment living? Visit the Weidner Apartment Homes YouTube channel for more tips on everything you need from basic do-it-yourself maintenance to soundproofing your apartment and of course – removing tough carpet stains.

5
Apr 18

Weidner’s Best 10 Cities List: Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Apartments
Experience the Vibrant Oklahoma City Lifestyle!

Ranking #6 on the Weidner Best Cities list and #36 on the US News Best Places to Live List, Oklahoma City, OK is known for its scenic charm, Western cowboy culture and is fondly referred to as the “Horse Show Capital of the World.”

Longtime residents of Oklahoma City describe its early days as a slow-moving city that was “early to rise, early to bed,” but that’s not the case anymore as single professionals and young families have settled in the area. Now it’s considered more of a metropolitan city offering an impressive array of arts, culture, dining, and shopping. Yet, as metropolitan as it has become, Oklahoma City still boasts the world’s largest stocker-feeder cattle market. So if you’re looking for leather goods, horse buckles, saddles, ropes and cowboy hats, you’re sure to find them in Oklahoma’s historic Stockyards City district.

Things to Do, See, and Taste in Oklahoma City

Art and culture enthusiasts will enjoy the city’s wide variety of museums including Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Contemporary, and the Paseo Arts District which is home to 22 galleries featuring more than 80 artists. The Oklahoma City Ballet and the Oklahoma Philharmonic are also a favorite among residents and tourists alike. Live theatre is also alive and well at Lyric Theatre and City Rep Theatre, which also partners with the Oklahoma City University.

For some local family fun that’s steeped in Oklahoma City heritage, check out one of the many horse shows. Enjoy renowned national and world championship horse shows that attract professional riders and cowboys from across the states. Then take the kids over to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for the complete cowboy culture experience.

There’s plenty of variety on the menu; particularly in the vibrant metropolitan areas filled with fantastic restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for something casual or a 5-course meal, you can find it in this eclectic, vibrant city. Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, The Ranch Steakhouse, and Paseo Grill are all top favorites, as well as The Mule, Hideaway’s Pizza and Tucker’s Onion Burgers.

When it’s time to shop for the latest fashions, that special gift, or back-to-school clothes, There are plenty of retailers to choose from. Outlet Shops at Oklahoma City, Penn Square Mall, and for vintage finds, head over to the 23rd street antique mall.

Employment and Education in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is home to top employers including Chesapeake Energy, BancFirst, Paycom, Devon Energy, and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores. Universities and colleges include University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University- Stillwater, Northeast State University, and Oklahoma City Community College.

Weidner Communities in Oklahoma City

Weidner offers apartment homes for rent in Oklahoma City, OK that cater to residents’ need for comfort, convenience and sense of style, featuring upscale interior and community amenities. Whether you are new to the Oklahoma metropolitan area and seeking a one bedroom apartment near work, or a family looking for a little extra space near schools and parks, Weidner Apartment Homes has something for everyone. Contact us to find the apartment that best fits your needs, and let us welcome you home to Oklahoma City!

 

30
Mar 18

Apartment Living 101 – Easily Remove Old Stains & Coffee Stains!

Apartment Living 101
Learn how to get rid of stains like a pro!

Welcome back to Apartment Living 101 from Weidner Apartment Homes! We hope you have been enjoying the videos we have been providing you to help you clean, organize and even soundproof your apartment. Did you miss our last Apartment Living blog post? Well here’s a recap; we not only taught you how to make your own spot cleaner for your carpet but also how to remove that ever so stubborn wine stain that can be nearly IMPOSSIBLE to remove. Well we made the impossible possible with that easy homemade vinegar and water mixture (and a little help from your household iron).

Let’s keep that ball rolling with our two newest videos; Remove Coffee Stains Easily and Remove Old Stains!

Have an old stain you’ve been meaning to get out?

In this episode, we’ll show you how to get rid of that stain with just hydrogen peroxide and be sure it’s the kind in a dark bottle since the dark bottle helps preserve it, and an old toothbrush!

Let’s get to it!

Put some hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. Then, spray the stained area and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.

After you’ve let it sit, grab your old toothbrush and scrub the area. Repeat, if necessary.

Once the stain has disappeared, vacuum the area to remove any loose debris.

That wasn’t too hard!

Next up, removing that old coffee stain which can be nearly as difficult as that wine stain mentioned earlier.

If you’re watching this video, that means you’ve clumsily just spilled your coffee, like I just did.

Here’s a quick list of the things you’ll need:

  • Towels
  • Warm, and cold water
  • Lemon juice
  • Dish soap
  • Clean sponge

Alright, let’s get to it!

First, you’ll want to dab as much of the coffee as possible with a towel. Be sure to dab the coffee vs scrubbing. Also, be sure to use a clean side of the towel so you don’t spread the stain.

Go ahead and pause the video, I’ll wait while you dab.

Now, grab a cup of cold water, and pour directly on the stain. Continue to dab with a new towel and repeat until the stain won’t come out.

Next, take 2 cups of warm water, and mix in ¼ cup of lemon juice, and splash of dish soap. Take your clean sponge and dip it there, and squeeze until the sponge is just damp.

Starting from the outside and working your way in, rub in a circular motion. Then, rinse with cold water.

With a dry towel, remove any of the leftover mixture by placing the towel over the area, and firmly pressing down to remove any liquids.

If the stain still shows up, repeat. Otherwise, you’re done!

And YOU thought you’d have to live with that stain. Now to make another pot of coffee!

Want more tips for apartment living? Visit the Weidner Apartment Homes YouTube channel for more tips on everything you need for happy, clean and organized apartment living.

 

27
Mar 18

The Moviegoer Debate – Stay in or Go Out?

Life at Weidner
Stay home and stream or movie theater?

We open with a scene from 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the world’s first movie theater, or the “Nickelodeon,” as they called it, deriving its title from a combination of the admission price and the Greek word for theater.  The theater is crowded, stuffy, and filled with excited patrons. The film, “The Great Train Robbery,” begins to play and though most of the patrons are mesmerized during this 10-minute miracle, some begin to shuffle in their seats, rattling candy wrappers, and text their friends, until one patron says to the other, “Next time, let’s just wait for it to come out on Netflix.”

Okay, perhaps there was a bit of a time lapse in that story, but the debate of Cinema vs. Streaming among moviegoers doesn’t seem to be impacted by the passage of time. If anything, some moviegoers who were once content at home streaming their favorite plot lines, are now seeking the cinematic experience with the increased perks of Over-21 movie theaters that offer alcoholic drinks with your movie and the option to order a meal – without ever having to leave your reclining seat. From the convenience of looking up showtimes on Fandango to reserving great seats with the simple click of a button on your phone or tablet, movie theaters have stepped up their game when it comes to all the perks they offer.  Sure, you can do that at home, but chances are, you’ll be serving yourself.

Geek Wire recently reported, “While movie attendance has dropped slightly in recent years, 246 million people in the U.S. still see movies in the theater every year—and about 35 million go every month, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Overall, people spent $11 billion going to movies last year. That’s still more than Americans spend on subscription streaming services — $9.5 billion last year, according to the Digital Entertainment Group.”

There is no denying that going to the theater is fun, but it’s also quite expensive. Cue the rise of streaming services. Companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are also staking their claim on moviegoers with compelling original programming that have held their own in production value and landed them center stage during awards season, including this year’s Oscar nominee, “Mudbound” and Hulu’s multi-Emmy winning original series, “Handmaid’s Tale.”

The best part of streaming, however, is the fact that you can do it from anywhere, the best place being at home. You can prepare a nice, home-cooked meal or you can host a gathering with your friends and family. No matter what the numbers and experts say, we can’t argue that there’s nothing like cozying up in your apartment in your pajamas, popping up some microwave popcorn, and settling in for a series binge or having some friends over for a blockbuster comedy night.

The debate continues.

What about you? Do you prefer staying in for movie night or going out? Let us know by tagging #LifeatWeidner!

-The Weidner Team

 

 

 

23
Mar 18

Weidner Cares Team in Salt Lake City, UT

Weidner Cares
Weidner Cares goes to Salt Lake City, UT!

The Weidner Cares Utah region recently partnered with Wasatch Community Gardens in Salt Lake City, UT.

Wasatch Community Gardens is a nonprofit organization with a mission of “empowering people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.” The Weidner Cares team of 13 volunteers spent the day at the Grateful Tomato Garden, home to Wasatch Community’s youth program. The Youth Program offers underprivileged children the opportunity to grow their own foods, in addition to hosting youth summer camps and after-school programs.

Due to a forecast of rain, the team had to work quickly. Their first project was a large greenhouse which they lime washed, then they sanded and oiled all the exposed wood, including more than 15 benches. Next, the team spread mulch and trimmed back several overgrown trees threatening the greenhouse.

The team also rebuilt a decomposing footbridge that goes over a small stream which runs through the garden, adding to the serenity of this beautiful garden.

A group of skilled maintenance workers also spent the day constructing a new tool shed for the garden. The shed was constructed from scratch – all before the rains came, and will benefit the Grateful Tomato Garden for years to come!

“Wasatch Community Gardens relies on volunteers to oversee the twenty-seven urban agriculture projects that we directly manage. Groups like Weidner who have carpentry and landscaping skills allow us to accomplish projects that would normally be out of our budget,” said Ashley Patterson, executive director of Wasatch Community Gardens. “They were a wonderful group of people with terrific attitudes. We hope to get to work with Weidner again!”

Weidner Cares couldn’t be more honored to assist this amazing organization. We’re proud of our Utah team and proud of the difference one day can make. Thank you to Wasatch Community Gardens and to all of the volunteers that helped make this project such a great success!

What matters to you, matters to us!

-The Weidner Team

 

20
Mar 18

Spring Cleaning Tips from the Experts

Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Apartment Home!

Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to tidy up our apartment homes. There’s a certain sense of satisfaction after a good, deep cleaning, so we thought we’d offer up some quick tips and tricks from the experts on spring cleaning your apartment home.

From the expert on all things hearth and home, here are a few basics from Martha Stewart!

  • Windows are easily cleaned with a squeegee, rather than a newspaper or cloth. According to Martha, “To start, dip a sponge into a bucket of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Wet window; rub dirt away. Dampen squeegee; starting at an upper corner, draw it down pane from top to bottom. Repeat, overlapping strokes and wiping the rubber edge with the sponge after each stroke.”
  • Dust books and shelves. The most arduous part of this task is taking everything off the shelves but once you do that, cleaning is a breeze! To clean properly, Martha advises to, “Wipe the spines of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.” Also, don’t forget to dust forgotten spaces like ceiling fans and picture frames.
  • Clean window treatments. These are easy to forget, as they’re on the frontline of the dust war, hanging next open windows. Martha advises, “Many draperies and curtains are machine washable; check labels. Dry-clean fabric shades. Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.”

Real Simple has some shortcuts for you!

  • Stock up on cleaning supplies or you might be spreading dirt around to other surfaces with a soiled cloth. Real Simple advises, “Get multi-function supplies: Microfiber cloths (in both regular and eye-glass grade), microfiber mop, non-abrasive cleanser (like Bon Ami or Soft Scrub with bleach), baking soda, white vinegar, vacuum with long-bristle and edger attachment, steam cleaner.”
  • Remove mildew and soap scum from the shower curtain by “throwing it in the washing machine with a few fluffy towels and laundry detergent. Put it in the dryer on low heat for 10 minutes to soften and remove wrinkles” for a spring-clean, fresh look and no scrubbing!”
  • Clean the mattress and headboard. Knowing the place you rest your head is nice and clean should give you a good night’s sleep! “Run a new or clean microfiber cloth over wood headboards, footboards and mattress frames; for upholstered pieces, systematically vacuum with a long-bristle attachment, working from the top-down and paying extra attention to tufted or pleated areas. Then sweep a long-bristle attachment along the sides of the mattress and box spring, focusing on the welting at the edges, where dust can get trapped.”

HGTV offers even more tips for ushering in a sparkling spring:

  • Clean the refrigerator with a mixture of salt and soda water. “The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.”
  • Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. That’s one we didn’t see coming. The carpet material “makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt” without damaging the screen. Then vacuum up the dust from that cleaning. We know…it never ends!
  • Air out comforters and blankets after a long winter. We like that idea, but many décor experts prefer to change out their comforter sets with each season for a fresh, new look. At the end of each season, simply store your seasonal comforters in air-tight linen bags and store it until needed.
  • Tackle lime buildup around faucets. It seems no matter how much one scrubs, lime deposits remain stubborn. Real Simple says,The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.”

We hope these spring cleaning tips from the experts have been helpful. Even though all that dust and dirt will eventually return, spring cleaning your apartment home is a great way to welcome in the new season.

Happy Spring!

-The Weidner Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

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