Put away the ladder. Here's your insider's guide to the easiest way to wash winter away
- Dirty frames and sills
- Dusty, grimy screens and windows
- Spotty, smeared glass and windows
Give dirt the brush-off. We know —the most satisfying aspect is going at the glass with the cleaner. But prior to squeezing that trigger, pull back the curtains or blinds, check its frame, sill, and paths for visible cobwebs and cruds by opening the window, and use the small-handled brush that comes with the dustpan to Sweep out debris. (Since the loose dirt can stick to your wiping towel, then ignore this step, and you risk a mess later as the dirt on your wiping towel can smudge the glass) Likewise within reach: a cloth-wrapped screwdriver for striking out hard-to-reach gunk or dead bugs.
- De-grime the screens. If you leave yours in year-round, give them an once-over now or else, the first time you open your windows for ventilation, all the dried-on dirt would blow into your house. The thing is you do not have to take the screens down and hose them off. Just run your vacuum with its dusting-brush accessory above the side that faces in. (top to bottom, Side to side is the fastest method.)
- Make the glass gleam. For windows that fold in, it is easy washing the two sides. Spray the inside of the glass with your cleaner until it's deeply clouded up but not drippy. Then, wipe horizontally with a neat cloth until it is dry. Tilt the window the second way; carry out the same procedure on the outer glasses, but this time wipe straight up (cleaning in reverse directions makes streak easier to zap and visible). For double-hung windows that don't fold in, slide the bottom glass up about eight inches so you can reach out and up. Clean what you can; then to get it from above slide down the top panel. Windows don't open at all or crank out? Then clean the outsides with a hose and clean the insides.
Make It Easier Next Time
- Select a gloomy day. Streaks are left behind by the cleaner because direct sun dries them up quickly.
- Select your weapons wisely. A wide range of products were tested by GHRI (six stores bought window cleaners, three re moistened wipes, one home-produced solution, and 4 wiping tools: paper towel, microfiber cloth, newspaper, and wiper).
Washing your windows is a kind of frustrating chore that you want to do properly the first time. To tackle this project once, you only have to make sure you take note of these common errors before you start wiping and spraying. Se our range of services.
1. Select a sunny day.
Do this work in the intense sun and the cleaner will dry onto the hot windows before you get to wipe it off, leaving hard-to-remove stripes. Instead, select a cloudy, dry day. But if you're anxious to clean and the sun is out, begin with the windows on the shaded side of the house.
2. Do not dust the sashes and sills first.
Skip this step and create a muddy mess from any fluid that drips onto the window frames. Before tackling the glass always vacuum the sill, frame, and sash first.
3. Do not use enough window cleaner.
Don't be scared to spritz your glass or windows with cleaner, particularly if they are extra dirty. To dissolve and suspend the dirt you need plenty of cleaner so it can be wiped away completely. Neglect and you'll be seeing stripes!
4. Make use of newspaper to dry.
We’ve never had any luck drying windows with newspapers. We find it ineffective and untidy, and far prefer microfiber cloths. They are washable, super absorbent and leave the glass or window streak-free and sparkling.
5. Dry with a weak, linty paper towel.
If your cloth of choice is a paper towel, be certain to select one that can work well. There's nothing worse than drying with a towel that separates in two or leaves lots of lint on the window.