Window Cleaning 101

December 22, 2010
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You have decided its time for a change and new window treatments are in order. When you go to measure the window area before you cant help but notice the one thing you have been trying to ignore – your windows are filthy. You really are going to have to break down and clean them before you put any new blinds or drapes up.

Cleaning your own windows does not have to be such an arduous task and it is perfectly possible for you to do a near professional job yourself is you keep the following tips in mind as you work:

Cleaners – A simple solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid is every bit as effective as those pricey window cleaners from the home store. Don’t cover your window in suds though, a thin sudsy film will suffice.

The Tools – Proper use of a squeegee is the real key to a good window washing. Start from the top of each window and firmly pull the squeegee through the cleaner in a reverse S-pattern. After each swipe wipe the squeegee clean with a lint free rag .

To clean multi-pane windows, buy a smaller squeeze. Do not be tempted to use rags just because of the relatively small size of the windowpane. Rags, even clean ones, cause streaking and staining and rather than actually getting your windows clean they tend to just spread the dirt and grime around even more.

Tackling Stubborn Dirt and Stains – If it has been months since your windows were cleaned, or you encounter tough stains that do not budge with soap and water (especially likely to happen if there is a smoker in the house) it may be time to head to the store to buy something that is a little stronger.

Cleaners containing oxalic acid do a very good job of removing tough stains, just make sure that the one you choose is rated for cleaning glass. Sometimes oxalic acid cleaners are used to remove stains from hardwood floors and the formulations are often rather different.

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