Window Cleaning Step By Step
Clear, sparkling windows do a lot to create an atmosphere that feels cleaner and more refreshed. Window Cleaning is a task that ought to be done once or twice a year. It won’t take long to brighten up any room in the house and can be accomplished with just a few common household items.
What Cleaner Should I Use?
Your bathroom cleaner may be labeled “all purpose” but bleach-based formulas don’t clean glass very well; these cleaners may leave behind a pale, cloudy residue. Ammonia-based cleaners work better on glass and don’t leave anything behind. General glass cleaners are ammonia-based as are certain other multipurpose cleaners. Simply read the packaging to find out what’s in it.
If you prefer a more natural Window Cleaning solution, distilled white vinegar is an excellent go-to. Mix a combination of vinegar and water in a 1:8 ratio; for instance, if you’re using two cups of water, use ¼ cup of vinegar. A dash of liquid dish soap will help the vinegar cut through any grease or stuck-on dirt present on a window.
Your Other Tools
Choosing your cleaning solution is just the first step. Next you’ll need a handful of soft, lint-free cloths; avoid terrycloth towels since their naturally linty surface can leave the window looking dusty. Paper towels work well and so do sheets of old newspaper. Large windows can be quickly cleaned with rubber edged wipers (sometimes called “squeegees”). These can be attached to rods make Window Cleaning easier. If you’ll be cleaning windows with lots of dirt and grime, bring along a bucket of warm soapy water. Give these windows a preliminary scrub with a soft bristled brush. Rinse when you’re finished and touch up the windows with your chosen cleaner.
Finishing the Job
When you’re finished cleaning the glass, dust the inside window sill to clear away any remaining dirt. Remove any curtains present and give them a good shake outside. If necessary, wash them with a load of towels or other utility laundry. If you have blinds on your windows, dust them, too. Now your Window Cleaning is all done for another year.
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By Monte Wallenstein