Expert Tips for Effective Interior and Exterior Window Cleaning
Introduction: Windows can quickly accumulate dirt both inside and out, from cooking splatters to curious pet noses. However, many people unknowingly make mistakes while cleaning them. Regardless of your cleaning skills, achieving spotless, streak-free windows is achievable with the right techniques. Learn from the advice of Ken Fisk, the technical services director at Window Genie, a reputable company. Mastering window cleaning will not only enhance your living space but also complement your regular cleaning regimen.
Preparing Your Windows for Cleaning:
Before you dive into window cleaning, ensure your preparations are on point to prevent mishaps and safeguard your window features. Follow these steps for optimal results:
- Place a dry, clean towel on the windowsill to collect debris and prevent water damage to the wood.
- Dust blinds by closing and gently dusting louvers before raising them.
- If you have fabric window treatments, remove them to avoid splashes. Shake them out or tumble machine-safe ones on air-dry to eliminate dust.
- Label and set aside screens for cleaning later.
- Clear cobwebs and loose dirt from frames, hinges, and tracks using a specialized brush. Ensure surfaces are dry before wetting them to prevent build-up.
Interior Window Cleaning:
Now, let’s discuss the expert method for cleaning windows from the inside using a commercial glass cleaner:
- Gently moisten the windowpane with a damp cloth to wet the glass and remove loose dirt.
- Spray a suitable glass cleaner (such as Windex or Invisible Glass) on the window, starting from the top and avoiding non-glass areas.
- Use a lint-free towel, preferably a microfiber cloth, to wipe the window, spreading the solution evenly.
- Apply gentle pressure to remove stubborn residue.
- Dry the window from top to bottom using a squeegee or a clean, lint-free towel.
- Wipe away excess cleaner from edges with a dry portion of the cloth.
- If streaks persist, gently polish the area in circular motions using a fresh, dry cloth.
Exterior Window Cleaning:
Cleaning exterior windows may seem daunting, but it’s simplified with the right approach. Replace the hose’s nozzle with a high-pressure spray nozzle and follow these steps:
- Close all windows to prevent water from entering your home.
- Gently spray the glass with a garden hose to remove initial dirt.
- For hard-to-reach debris, use an extendable pole with microfiber attachments for thorough cleaning.
- Switch the nozzle to water-only mode to rinse the solution off.
- Dry the window using an extending wiper. Dry the wiper’s blade between passes to prevent drips.
- Alternatively, transform your garden hose into a commercial window sprayer by attaching a bottle of outdoor glass cleaner. Spray the glass and then rinse with plain water.
Cleaning Window Screens:
Don’t overlook window screens, which can prevent dust and dirt from entering your home. Clean them properly by following these steps:
- Remove the screens from windows.
- Gently brush off dust using a soft bristle brush.
- Wet the screen using a gentle stream from a garden hose.
- Clean the screen with a soapy sponge using a solution of 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap diluted in 6 cups of warm water.
- Rinse thoroughly with a gentle stream from the hose.
- Let the screen air dry completely before reattaching it to the appropriate window.
Mastering these expert window cleaning techniques will leave your windows gleaming and free from streaks, both inside and out. Incorporate these tips into your cleaning routine for a brighter, more inviting living space.