At the top of many spring cleaning lists for homeowners around the Minneapolis metro area is window washing. It’s often the first job people tackle once it’s warm enough. You could hire a window washing company, but with the right tools and a little time, why not do it yourself?
Window Cleaning Tips
Despite what TV commercials show, paper towels and window cleaner are not the best way to clean a window. This method just moves the dirt and grime around. You might see some dirt on the paper towel, but the majority of it is just being pushed to the edges of the window.
But with a few tools and the right method, your windows will look like a pro cleaned them in no time at all. Using cloths or squeegees, you can clean those windows and make them shine like never before.
List of Items Needed for Window Cleaning:
Whether you’re washing your windows from inside your home or outside on a ladder, the process is basically the same.
- If you have larger windows then you cannot skip the squeegee. This is essential to getting a nice clean shine in the windows.
- Use several different cloths to wash the windows and then polish them once they’ve been washed down.
- A chamois cloth is what you’ll need for cleaning the areas near the frame. They are great at eliminating any streaks in the glass.
- Use a cleaning solution made up of 1/2 teaspoon quality dish detergent like Dawn, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 2 cups water. Don’t be tempted to add more detergent – it will leave streaks. Some pros swear by equal parts hot water and distilled white vinegar.
- Choose a bucket to fit the cloths and squeegee into easily. Rectangular buckets work well for this job.
- An extension pole tool is helpful for windows that can’t be easily reached; it may help you avoid having to drag a ladder out.
- A hand vac is good for getting the debris out of the window tracks. A stiff brush is helpful as well, since you may need to loosen some gunk.
Now you’re ready to go! In our next post we’ll go through the process as well as give you some tips for specific window styles.
As you’re cleaning your windows this spring, if you discover yours are not working well and are in need of more than just a little soap and water, give us a call for a free estimate. We are a licensed Minnesota home remodeling contractor, and we specialize in replacement windows for homes and businesses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.