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3 Tips for Cleaning High Windows
Window washing is a simple way to brighten up the look and feel of your house. However, high windows always seem just out of reach, making it more like a major undertaking than a simple clean. Check out these 3 tips for cleaning high windows.
Pre-Clean the Windows
- Clean stubborn stains. Outside windows are especially prone to stubborn stains because they are exposed to hard water runoff, minerals, bird droppings, and elements that can cake on dirt and grime.
- Remove stickers and decals. Whether you have children who love to decorate with stickers or applied decals to your windows to prevent birds from flying into them, removing sticky substances from windows can be difficult.
- Remove and clean the screens. For inside and outside windows, clean the screens every time you clean the windows, which should be twice a year. Remove the screens and vacuum them to remove dust and dirt.
- Vacuum or dust inside windows. Make sure you get all the windows, frames, and corners. This will prevent you from just spreading dirt around when you are cleaning. Source: Wikihow
Select the Right Window Cleaner
Among the bottles in the cleaner aisle, you’ll find glass cleaners promising streak-free results — but what they don’t tell you is that those results often come with a catch: a lot of elbow grease.
You don’t need to buy a special glass cleaner, although the best is a non-abrasive window cleaning solution — you probably already have a cleanser in your apartment strong yet gentle enough for the job. Soapy window cleaners — a few drops of liquid dish soap in a bucket of warm water, for example — will work on cutting through dirt and grease and will also work well with your indoor squeegee technique (and it’s also safe to use on tempered glass). When you use a soapy or sudsy detergent remember: The less you use, the better. Use too much and these products can cause a soapy residue to build up on your windows, causing streaks and dull, dingy glass. A one-to-one ratio of vinegar to water also makes glass sparkle, and can be used in place of a soapy cleanser (although it probably won’t smell as good). Source: HowStuffWorks
Wash the Right Way
For exterior windows, mix half white vinegar and half water as the cleaning solution in a large bucket. Water and dishwashing liquid will work equally well. Use just a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Any more than a few drops and the water will be too soapy. Fill a second bucket with just water for rinsing the sponge and squeegee.
Put a sponge in the cleaning solution and wash the windows with it. Wet a squeegee as a dry squeegee blade won’t have traction. Use only water, though, and not the cleaning solution.
Move the squeegee vertically down the window with a straight stroke, beginning at the right upper corner. Go back for the next stroke and do it the same way. Overlap the prior stroke just a bit. After you complete a stroke, use a second sponge or one of the cloths to wipe the squeegee’s rubber edge.
For cleaning inside windows, use a towel to catch any drips. Take a sponge or cloth to dry the sill if it gets wet. For interior windows, use a wet cloth and a non-ammonia cleaner to wipe the frames.
Remove the cleaner with a rise. Use a clean wet cloth. Dry the frames immediately. Water can harm wood. Clean the sponge and squeegee in the second bucket. Source: Improvenet
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