During the long, cold winter months, sunlight is at a premium. If your windows are dirty, you aren’t letting in as much sunlight as you could. Here are some tips for keeping your windows crystal-clear.
Be a pro. The best way to clean your windows is how the pros do it. Use a window-washing squeegee with a smooth, soft rubber edge. For a solution, squirt a small amount of dishwashing soap into a bucket and add water – the less suds, the better. Start at the upper left corner of your window and work down in a reverse-S pattern. After each pass, wipe the squeegee clean with a soft, lint-free cloth; linen napkins or cloth diapers are perfect for this job.
Avoid washing windows in direct sunlight, as quickly dried glass is more prone to streaks During the evening, or a cloudy day, would be best.
If you don’t have a squeegee on hand and you still need to wash your windows, use a crumpled black-and-white newspaper (never color). Make sure you’re removing dirt and not just moving it around. You can use this technique on any windows, even patio doors and sliding doors.
Keep The Blinds Clean
First, wash or dust your shades or blinds. You should do this regularly with a soft cloth, a commercial duster (like Swifter), or the dusting brush on your vacuum. Don’t forget to dust both sides of your shades, or else you’ll be leaving plenty of material to adhere to your freshly cleaned windows.
If you’re going to wash the shades, it’s best to remove them in order to avoid spills. You can use a sponge and water. If there are stains or spots, use ¼ cup of white vinegar mixed with a quart of warm water.
The bathtub is even easier. Squirt some dishwashing soap into warm water and scrub with a sponge. To rinse, simply dunk them in clean water, or hold them under the shower.
Once you’re cleaned the shades, use an antiseptic spray to keep dust from quickly piling up. Static Guard is a good product to use on your windows blinds immediately after you’ve cleaned them.
Slow The Dirt
Does it seem like your windows get dirty quickly, even though you clean them often? Try changing your furnace filter. Today’s modern homes are designed to be airtight. This is good for insulation, but if your HVAC system has dirty ducts and filters, dust, pollen, dander, and more can move freely throughout the house without escape.
Keep Windows Clean Longer
Once you’ve made sure your HVAC ducts and filters are clean, there are a couple of other tricks to keep your windows clean for longer.
Many people burn candles for ambience, fragrance, light, or other reasons. Make sure that you keep candles away from windows as the smoke can leave residue on your windows.
Another trick is to run the kitchen exhaust fan when you’re cooking. This will help keep grease and oils away from the greater household environment.
If you windows are cloudy, leaky, or otherwise damaged, contact Window World today to see how new windows can make a difference in your home.
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