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8 Tips for Keeping Windows Spotless

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Your house's windows reveal the outside. You can sit by the window and gaze at the world, be it a beautiful view or the activity on the street. However, dirty windows will make it harder to enjoy your view. Below are eight tips for keeping your windows immaculately clean.

1. Clean the Sash and Sill First

Creating a spotlessly clean window doesn't mean just cleaning the glass. You need to start with the sash and sill to avoid dust blowback or a puddle of mud. You can use a damp rag to clean off any dust, which will also allow you to get into any crevices if your window frame features trim. The crevice attachment on your vacuum is another good tool.

2. Don't Neglect the Interior

The outsides of windows certainly get dirtier than the interior surfaces. However, fingerprints, dust, and other marks can build up and decrease the transparency of your windows. As part of your window cleaning project, dust the interior sills and sashes and wipe down the interior glass. Use a window cleaner and microfiber cloths. Some experts recommend drying the surfaces with newspaper.

3. Use a Squeegee to Remove the Soap

Once you've applied a soapy solution, you have to remove it to actually get the glass clean. One of the most effective methods for soap removal is to use a squeegee. Once you've scrubbed using the soapy solution, create a vertical stripe at one end with the edge of your squeegee. Starting in that stripe, pull the squeegee vertically across the width of the window.

4. Invest in a Scrubber for Large Windows

Large windows are a great advantage in your home. However, they can be a challenge to wash. If you have large windows, then invest in a window scrubber, which looks like a squeegee with a cloth sleeve. These scrubbers make it easier to clean large and tall windows since you can attach them to an extension pole to reach further away.

Another benefit of these scrubbers is that the sleeve is removable, so you can launder it after each use. Window scrubbers also come in different widths.

5. Have Lint-Free Cloths Handy

You're going to all this trouble to clean your windows - the last thing you want to do is cover the glass in a bunch of lint. Have a selection of lint-free cloths, such as microfiber cloths, handy when you clean your windows. You can use the cloths to dry off the squeegee, dry the window corners, or even give the glass a final wipe to eliminate any streaks.

6. Try the Vinegar Solution

Many people prefer home remedies to manufactured cleaners. You can use vinegar to clean your windows. To clean the initial grime off your windows, use a solution of five parts water with one part vinegar and a splash of dishwashing liquid. As a substitute for window cleaner, change the ratio to one part water and one part vinegar. This solution can be wiped away with a cloth.

7. Don't Wash Windows on a Sunny Day

Washing your windows on a sunny day may seem like a good option because the sun makes it so you can easily see any streaks. However, the sun heats up the glass, so your window cleaner dries on the surface before you can wipe it off. When this happens, you end up with even harder to remove streaks.

Wait for a cloudy day or later in the evening to clean your windows - you can utilize a sunny afternoon to spot-check for streaks later.

8. Clean Any Window Hardware

Just as you shouldn't neglect your sashes and sills, any window hardware needs a cleaning too. You can use a vacuum with the crevice attachment to suction debris from sliding tracks. For the other hardware, consider mixing a solution of dish soap and water. Use a toothbrush to clean the hardware, and then dry it with a microfiber cloth.

You can enjoy clean windows without any streaks or lint. Consult with our team at Glas Plus Inc. for all your window glass needs.

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