At the end of winter, windows are especially grimy. Your spring cleaning should include washing the windows. You can keep them in a good condition for longer if you prevent mould from accumulating. Let’s take a look at the best way to go about it.
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty level: High
Note: This is an indoor task
NB: Window washing should be done on a cloudy day, so the sun doesn’t dry the cleaning agent on the glass.
1. Make sure you have enough window cleaner for all the windows in the house. You can buy it in store or make your own by mixing 3 parts lukewarm water to 1 part vinegar.
2. Make sure you have a few cloths on hand. Reusable “paper” towels are the best option because they can be used wet or dry and can be machine washed easily.
3. Clean the insides of the windows and around the edges. It’s a lot easier if you can remove the windows to clean the edges, and then put the windows back. Dirt and grime may have collected in the grooves over time. Note that this chore is a little longer with sliding windows, which have several grooves.
4. Finish washing the rest of the window.
5. Repeat these two steps for all doors that have a window.
6. It’s time to get out the screens that were removed last fall and wipe them with a damp cloth. Make sure to use a gentle cleaning product. You can use the same one as for the windows or add a few drops of dish soap.
7. Put the screens back in the windows.
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