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The basics of cleaning windows

3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

When cleaning windows, a squeegee helps to prevent streaks and cut down on the time it takes the windows to dry.
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After a long winter of snow and ice, many people are ready for the warmth and sunshine synonymous with spring. But dirty windows can block that sunshine from finding its way into a home. Washing windows can be quite an undertaking, particularly in those homes with many windows on multiple levels. However, there are several time-saving tips available that can cut the work considerably.

  • Save window washing for a cloudy day. Otherwise, the warmth and sunlight may dry the cleaning solution too quickly and you will be left with streaks on your windows.
  • Vacuum windowsills and tracks first to remove a good deal of dust and debris. This will reduce the amount of dirt you smear onto the windows while cleaning them.
  • Use a combination of a sponge soaked in cleaning solution and a squeegee to get really clean windows. The squeegee helps to prevent streaks and cut down on the time it takes the windows to dry, all the while helping the windows to sparkle.
  • Window screens might be the culprit behind dingy windows. Hose down the screens with water to clean them, using a mild cleaning solution if water is ineffective.
  • Working with a partner can make the task go much more quickly. One person can clean the exteriors of the windows while the other does the interiors.
  • A mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water can cut through dirt and grime. For stubborn dirt, wash windows with diluted ammonia or vinegar.
  • Use a glass-cleaning tool to clean hard-to-reach windows. A telescoping cleaning tool and pad can make it safer to reach windows that are high up.

 

This information was provided courtesy of MetroCreativeConnection.

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