Washing windows is a task most people dread and often avoid altogether. However, ideally, you should wash your windows twice a year. Part of what makes DIY window cleaning such a chore is that most people end up doing it with a wad of paper towels, spray cleaner, and a lot of elbow grease.
Not only is this time consuming, but it’s not the best method to use. Have you ever noticed that the window looks dirty again soon after you cleaned them? Well, all that rubbing just moves dirt around and creates a static charge on the glass, which attracts dust and dirt. Use these two 3-step methods for getting streak-free windows at home. Or, better yet, let the professionals do it while you relax.
Picture Window Cleaning
STEP 1: Wash the window with a strip applicator.
Cleaning picture windows call for large tools. You’ll need to purchase a strip applicator with a long cloth head. The strip applicator soaks up a lot of soapy water and knocks the dirt loose without scratching the glass. Squirt about a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into a gallon bucket of warm water, dip the strip applicator in the solution and apply to the window. The fewer suds, the better.
STEP 2: Wipe it clean with a squeegee.
Begin at the top left. Pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse S-pattern. If you’re left-handed, you’ll want to start at the top right. Wipe the squeegee’s blade after the end of each stroke with a lint-free rag such as a cloth diaper or old linen napkin.
STEP 3: Dry the edges of the glass.
Lastly, you’ll need to dry off any remaining drips on the edges of the glass with a damp, wring-dry chamois. Chamois are excellent because they soak up excess water well without leaving streaks. Also, dry the windowsill with a rag.
Multipaned Window Cleaning
STEP 1: Customize the squeegee.
You’ll need a squeegee that fits the panes for cleaning your multipaned window. Using a hacksaw, cut a window squeegee down to size to fit your window panes. Trim the metal channel ¼ inch narrower than the window pane and file the edges smooth. Cut the rubber blade with a utility knife to match the pane’s FULL width. You should end up with ⅛ ich at each end.
STEP 2: Scrub the panes.
Use the same soapy solution you use we mentioned above. Using a natural handheld sponge or hog-bristle brush, rub each pane from left to right and top to bottom. Be sure to work the sponge edges or brush bristles into the corners to loosen the dirt.
STEP 3: Wipe clean with a squeegee.
Clean each pane by pulling the squeegee down in a single stroke from top to bottom. Clean the blade with a rag after each stroke to avoid leaving streaks. Use the chamois to remove any streaks on the glass and a rag to dry the muntins and sill.
NOTE: If the squeegee squeaks a lot, add a bit more soap to the water.
Leave the DIY Window Cleaning to Us
Do you want that beautiful, clear view you get from clean windows? Does it sound like a lot of work to do yourself? Let our team help. Nichols Reliable Lawn Care & More can help you enjoy your view without lifting a finger other than to call us.