Spring is the perfect time for cleaning all the windows in your home. It’s warm out, the birds are chirping and you actually don’t mind doing a little bit of cleanup. The winter can wreak havoc on your windows, so taking the time now to spruce them up will brighten them immensely. Here are some screen and window cleaning tips for spring.
If you have screens on your windows, why not clean those while you’re at it? Gently remove them and prop them up against the exterior of your house. Hose them down and gently scrub off the cobwebs and dirt with a non-abrasive brush and household cleaner. Make sure they dry completely before putting them back in.
Take this time to wash the windows and by the time you’re done, the screens should be good to go. To avoid confusion, leave each screen sitting right under the window to which it belongs.
Gather the supplies you’ll need, such as:
- Clean, dry cloths
- Spray bottle of window cleaning solution or
- Solution of warm water and vinegar
- Vacuum with brush attachment
Many window types are very easy to clean, such as casement windows which crank out and double hung windows which tilt in. Our Bristol window glass can be cleaned using a traditional solution of vinegar that has been diluted with water or any high-quality commercial glass cleaner. We discourage the use of standard all-purpose cleaners because many of them contain elements that can scrape glass.
First, get out the vacuum and use the brush attachment to remove the dirt form the tracks and in between blinds. You can also use a duster or microfiber cloth to clean the blinds if they are delicate.
Next, using a dry rag or microfiber cloth, remove loose dust from the surface of the window. This will make the actual cleaning job much easier and less prone to scratching. If you see caked-on dirt, use an abrasive pad to break it up.
Next, spray on the solution and either use a squeegee to remove it or wipe in a gentle, up and down or side to side motion with a microfiber cloth. Avoid wiping in a circular motion, which can create a static charge that attracts dust to the surface. It’s best to clean windows on a warm yet overcast day so the windows don’t dry too quickly. This can lead to streaking.
Once you have thoroughly washed the windows, they have to be dried properly. Timing is everything here. Using a clean rag or microfiber rag, dry in an up and down motion, making sure you get the corners. Remove any water that remains on the edges of the glass with a damp chamois to soak up the excess wetness sans streaks. Dry off the windowsill with a rag.
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