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So let get the windows cleaned, shall we?
Here’s part II: Cleaning Inside and Outside Windows
Gather your supplies and tools. There are a few things you will need to perform a basic cleaning job on your windows, including a:
- Sponge or brush (or a squeegee)
- Rubber squeegee for drying
- Absorbent microfiber or lint-free cloth
- Clean cloth or rag
- Bucket filled with cleaning solution
- Large towel to protect inside floors
Make your cleaning solution. There are a few different cleaners you can try for your windows, but most experts recommend a basic water and dish soap mixture. Using a spray bottle and paper towel or newspaper will just move dirt and cleaning solution around, leaving windows streaky and murky. To make your window cleaner, you can mix:
- Two gallons (7.6 liters) of water with one teaspoon (6 ml) of dishwashing liquid.
- Equal parts water and white vinegar.
- ¼ cup (60 ml) each of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and vinegar, plus 1 tablespoon (15 g) cornstarch (to prevent streaks), and 2 cups (480 ml) water.
Clean the windows. You can use a sponge for windows that have multiple small panes, and a squeegee for larger picture windows. Dip your sponge into the bucket of cleaner. Wring out the excess water and wipe down the entire window, being sure to get into all the corners.
- To clean high outside windows without a ladder, attach a squeegee or brush to an extension pole or broom handle. You can also use a special window cleaner that will spray up to the second floor from the ground.
- Once you clean a window, make sure you dry it before moving on to the next. If the squeegee squeaks a lot when you are washing or drying the windows, add a little more soap to the water.
Wipe the windows dry. For small-paned windows, use the rubber blade on the squeegee to wipe away the water vertically, working from top to bottom. For a picture window, use horizontal strokes. Start at the top and work down the window. Overlap each stroke by a couple inches (a few centimeters), and wipe the blade dry with a lint-free cloth between each stroke.
- Make sure the rubber blade is always in contact with the window.
- One of the easiest ways to get streak-free windows is to buy a good quality squeegee, and to make sure the rubber blade on it is sharp. Make sure you also have a streak-free window cleaning solution. Replace the rubber blade when it gets dull, because it will stop sealing properly and start leaving streaks.
Wipe up the excess water. Anywhere that water spilled, dripped, or ran down the window, wipe the area dry with an absorbent, lint-free cloth. This will prevent streaks on the window.
- To prevent damage to the frame, use a separate cloth or rag to dry water from the window sill.
And that’s it!