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Window-Cleaning Tips

August 8th, 2018 by tisner

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Between hot Summer winds blowing dirt and dust and drizzly rains, most windows need a bit of cleaning about this time of year.  If you have a second story, cleaning those windows can seem like a daunting task.  Since everyone can’t have the luxury of tip-in easy-to-clean windows, check out these tips for getting all your windows sparkling! 

  • Grab a bucket and mix up some DIY window cleaner:  1-gallon water, 1/4 cup vinegar and a squirt of liquid dish detergent (but not a large squirt–too many suds can mean more rinsing and streaking). 
  • Tools you’ll need:  a soft-bristled brush with a long handle (a car-washing brush would be perfect) or flat microfiber mop, water hose, a step ladder or stepping stool, microfiber cloth or newspapers. 

Ground Floor Windows 

  • Make sure the windows are out of direct sunlight, not only for your own comfort, but so the heat won’t dry the cleaning solution before you can rinse it. 
  • Remove the screen panels, lay them flat, and give them a good shower with the hose, then gently scrub with the cleaning solution.  After rinsing, allow them to dry while you tackle the windows. 
  • Much like washing a car, rinse off as much dirt as you can, starting at the top of the window.  Use the brush to give the glass a gentle scrubbing, paying extra attention to bug or bird droppings or anything else stuck to the window. 
  • Rinse with the hose, and use a squeegee, microfiber cloth or newspaper to wipe off excess water. If you use a squeegee, make sure you work in rows, top to bottom, wiping the blade dry in between swipes. 

Upper Floor Windows 

You don’t need a ladder to get a clean finish on the windows that are too high to reach.  Here’s how: 

  • Remix the above cleaning ingredients, and add 1-2 tablespoons of dishwasher rinsing aid to the mix.   
  • A very handy tool to have would be a hose-end sprayer made especially for window spraying that you can pour your new batch of cleaning solution in, much like a liquid fertilizer hose-end sprayer that gardeners use.  Check your favorite home store for one of these–most cost less than $20. 
  • Just like downstairs, rinse the screens and windows with a jet of plain water to remove dust and grime. 
  • Spray the solution on the windows, out of direct sunlight. 
  • Rinse with plain water, and the rinsing aid should allow your window to dry without streaks, no wiping or squeegee required! 

Another tip if you’re using old rags or a microfiber cloth to wipe dry:  using cloth that have added fabric softener can cause the windows to streak.  Keep cleaning cloths absorbent by keeping the fabric softener out. The Family Handyman has a great tutorial for cleaning the stuck-on stuff, as well as how to get the best use of a squeegee for window cleaning.  Go ahead and get started on this much-dreaded chore.  Once you’re finished, you’ll clearly see how satisfying the results are. 

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