Clean windows like a professional

2015-08-13 06:00

PART of what makes window washing such a chore is that homeowners insist 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 leaves your windows looking grimy again?

It’s easier and more effective to clean glass like the pros do - with a squeegee and a few other readily available tools.

The techniques aren’t 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 just 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 squeegeeover 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 squeegee’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 any streaks.

Use a rag to dry the windowsill.

Get rid of stubborn spots

Over time, hard-water runoff from masonry or rain falling through metal window screens leaves stubborn mineral stains on glass that normal washing can’t erase.

So after regular cleaning, gently rub with fine steel wool, then rinse and squeegee the glass twice to remove the residue. - Property24

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