It’s not that hard to get your windows clean and streak-free, and doing so is more a matter of know-how than elbow grease. All you need is the right tools, the right timing, and a little DIY window cleaner, and you’ll soon have the clearest windows on the block.
Use the Right Window Cleaning Tools
If you have windows that allow you to tilt the sash inward for cleaning, then all you’ll need is some window cleaner, a squeegee and some sponges or rags. Dry your windows with paper towels, newsprint, microfiber cloths or swatches of an old cotton percale.
Have windows that can’t be tilted in? A power jet wand and cleaning sprayer will work to clean the exterior. For splatters of paint, tree sap, adhesive residue or other tough stains on your windows, grab some steel wool, razor blades or a small buffing wheel, and some mild abrasive like Soft Scrub or Bar Keepers Friend.
Get the Timing Right
It’s best to clean your windows on an overcast day, when there is no direct sunlight. Sunlight causes streaking and spotting on the glass.
Make Your Own Window Cleaner
The first time you clean your windows, mix two cups of water with ¼ cup of white vinegar and ½ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix it in a spray bottle or cleaning sprayer and apply to windows that have been rinsed with clean water. Every time you clean your windows after this, simply mix one cup of hot water with one cup of white vinegar and apply in a spray bottle to freshly rinsed windows.
Wash Away Streaks
Wash your windows by first rinsing dust, cobwebs and debris from the glass with water. Spray the inside and outside of your windows with water. Then apply the cleaning solution.
Make sure to use two different scrubbers, sponges or rags — one for the outside of your windows, and one for the inside. Use another separate rag to clean sills and frames. Once you’re done spraying and scrubbing, use a squeegee to remove excess water. Finally, dry your windows, frames and sills.
Using the wrong kind of cloth, such as a cotton terry towel, to dry your windows can leave bits of lint all over the glass. Using the right kind of towel or cloth to dry your window glass prevents this. Cotton percale and microfiber are the best fabrics to clean windows. Newsprint or brown, commercial-style paper towels also work well.
Cleaning windows can be a thankless task, but don’t despair. All you need is the right tools and these window cleaning tips, and soon you’ll be seeing the world clearly once more.
Source: American Home Shield
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