What Are Some Window Cleaning Tips?

What are some window cleaning tips? Cleaning windows in your home is made streak free when you use newspaper. Nothing brings gloom into a room more efficiently than dirty, streaky windows. If you have this...

Nothing brings gloom into a room more efficiently than dirty, streaky windows. If you have this problem, you can brighten your living space quite easily by following these window cleaning tips.

First, don't clean your windows with paper towels. According to Melissa Briones, owner of Melissa's House Cleaning in Lawton, Oklahoma, "Paper towels leave a lot of white residue behind." They not only leave bits of lint on your glass, but they cause streaking too. "The secret," says Briones, "is using newspaper. The newspaper does not leave streaks. Crumple the newspaper in a ball, spray the windows, then wipe with the newspaper. You will then have streak-free windows."

Another tip: if you are going to wash your windows with water, add a few tablespoons of ammonia to a bucket of warm water. Briones, however, recommends using Windex. Whatever you decide to clean your windows with, be sure that you never mix chemicals together. Some combinations can create deadly toxins. Also, if you are using harsh chemicals, consider wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Another way to prevent streaks on your windows is to dry the glass with a squeegee. The trick to this is to dry a small strip along the top of the window first, either with cloth, paper towel, or with the edge of the squeegee itself. Then, with the dry squeegee placed along the top of the window in that dry strip, pull it down vertically. When you dry the next section, overlap the squeegee with the first dry area. To finish, take a dry cloth or paper towel and dry the edges of the window. Finish by buffing the glass with the crumpled newspaper to remove any lines or streaks.

For stubborn dirt that is stuck on your glass, you can use a razor blade to scrape the area clean. Simply use caution so that you do not slip and cut yourself. If you find that the dirt is still difficult to remove even with a razor blade, moisten the dirt with a little water or Windex first. This should soften it, making it easier to scrape off.

Moisture from the weather or from condensation can cause mildew to develop along the window frames. You can kill the mildew and prevent its return by washing it with a mixture of bleach and water (1 part bleach to 16 parts water.) Be careful not to get this bleach solution on the paint around the window. If it does get on the paint, rinse it off immediately with clean water. It bears repeating: Do not mix cleaners. Bleach and ammonia make for a deadly combination.

Clean, sparkling windows are more than a luxury. They brighten your living space and, in the winter months, they can actually save you money on your heating bill by allowing the sun to assist in warming your home. It is worth the time and effort to give your windows a good cleaning at least twice a year. And by following these tips, window cleaning need not be a pane!

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