Keeping your home's windows clean can be a big job. It's kind of like cutting the grass – it takes forever to get done, and in no time, it needs done again – annoying, right? Well, here, you'll learn a few tips that can make keeping up with your windows a little easier.
If the exterior glass isn't kept clean, the rain water that hits it will consume that residue and make things look much worse. To clean the exterior windows:
- Choose a cloudy day or evening to clean the windows. The sun will cause the window to dry before you've gotten it clean.
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar with warm water in a bucket.
- Get a sponge and dip it into the mixture and wash the window.
- Use a squeegee to clean the window working from the top down in horizontal strokes.
- If streaks remain, use a clean coffee filter to buff the surface to a shine.
- Coat the window with Rain-X water repellent. This will help to keep dust, pollen and water from sticking to the glass.
Note: Before you use the Rain-X on the window, check with the window manufacturer to learn if it will void any warranty on the window. Some windows already have a coating on them that is protected by a warranty. If you add a second coating, it could void the warranty for the first. Also, test the Rain-X on a small portion of the glass to make sure that it doesn't leave a hazy finish. Sometimes, the coating that the manufacturer put on the window will react with the Rain-X and cause it to leave a hazy finish. If that happens, use full-strength white vinegar to remove it.
Interior windows can be cleaned in the same manner as the exterior glass in most cases, however, some interior contaminants might require the use of optional cleaning agents. For example, if you smoke in your home, the windows are probably coated with tar and nicotine. If this is the case, you'll need to create a mixture of ammonia and water (3 parts ammonia, 1 part water) to clean the glass.
If you have mold growing on your window frames, you'll need a bleach mixture to kill the mold and remove the stains from the frame. Try using 2 ounces of bleach mixed with 1 ounce of laundry detergent in a quart of water. Sponge the mixture onto the mold and let it sit for a little while. Return and rinse it with water. If the mold persists, repeat until it has been removed.
Talk with your local window cleaning expert for assistance in keeping up with your windows. There's no need to fight this battle on your own – let the experts help! Visit a site like benchmarkcleaning.com for more help.