Clean windows like a pro

2015-05-28 06:00


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PART of what makes window washing such a chore is that the person washing the windows insists on using wadded-up paper towels­ or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.

But did you know that this method puts a static charge on the glass, attracting dust and dirt that quickly leave your windows looking grimy again.

Itand#039;s easier and more effective to clean glass like pros do - with a squeegee and a few other tools.

The techniques are not complicated, and the results may surprise you.

Here are two, three-step methods - one for picture windows and another for multi-pane windows.

•Wash with a foam window washer­.

Picture windows call for large tools.

The long head of a window washer soaks up a lot of soapy water and knocks dirt loose without scratching the glass.

For a cleaning solution, use a squirt of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water - the less foam, the better.

•Wipe clean with a rubber squeegee.

Starting at the top left, pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (left-handed people should start at the top right).

At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegeeand#039;s blade clean with a lint-free rag.

For multi-pane windows use a smaller squeegee, or cut a standard squeegee down to fit.

• Dry off remaining drips.

Remove any water remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks.

Use a rag to dry the windowsill.

• Get rid of stubborn spots,

Over time, hard-water run-off from masonry or rain falling through metal window screens leaves stubborn mineral stains on glass that normal washing canand#039;t erase. So after regular cleaning, gently rub with fine steel wool, then rinse and squeegee the glass twice to remove the residue. - Sourced.

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