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April 15, 2016 ribblevalley

Clean your windows like a pro.

Wash your windows the fastest way with crystal clear, streak-free results. Try washing windows with a squeegee and I bet you’ll never go back to a spray bottle and paper towels. Squeegees get your glass clear and streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels. In this article, we’ll show you the equipment you need and simple steps to follow for fast, clear results.

Before you start

Washing windows is best done on a cloudy day. If you wash windows on a warm, sunny day, the heat will dry the cleaning solution too quickly and will cause streaking as you’re cleaning.

Assemble Your Cleaning Tools

The best tool for cleaning windows is a squeegee. A squeegee is a t-shaped cleaning tool with a flat rubber blade that quickly and evenly removes water from windows and glass.

Yes, if you don’t have a squeegee, you can use a clean sponge and towel to wash and dry the windows, but a squeegee cleans and dries in one fell swoop eliminating towel drying, streaks and drips. It reduces the cleaning time to 1/4 of what it would take to clean windows and dry with a towel.

Natural sponge
Sponge mop
Medium weight bristled brush (something like a paintbrush)
Soft scrub brush (for cleaning screens)
Squeegee (small and large)
Clean lint-free cloths
Damp chamois cloth
Paper towels

DIY Window Washing Solution

Lemon Essential Oil Cleaning SolutionThis is my go-to window cleaning solution. It helps to reduce frost build-up, which is a plus.

In a spray bottle combine:

1 cup water
3 cups vinegar
10 drops lemon essential oil
Give the solution a good shake and spray liberally on window. Wipe dry with a chamois cloth.

Picture Windows

For large picture windows, use a sponge mop with a long handle and wipe the cleaning solution over the glass of the window. For exterior windows you can apply a heavier amount of cleaning solution.
For smaller picture windows a sponge may be easier to apply the cleaning solution and less mess, especially for interior windows.
Place the squeegee at the top of the window and pull it straight down in one complete motion.
Wipe off the squeegee blade with the damp cloth to remove soap suds.
Place the squeegee back at the top of the window, overlapping the just cleaned section slightly.
Repeat the process and pull the squeegee straight down, remembering to wipe the squeegee after each swipe across the window.
When all sections of the window have been cleaned, wipe around the edges of the window with a clean lint-free cloth and wipe down and dry off the window sill.

Double-Paned Windows

Double-paned windows can be cleaned very much like a big picture window but you may need to use a hand-held sponge (I like the natural sponges, they are more absorbent than a synthetic sponge) to apply and clean the panes and use a smaller squeegee.

Clean each window pane from top to bottom and left to right to get all the dirt from the panes. Again, dry around the edges of the window with a clean, lint-free cloth.

If the window panes are very dirty, you may need to use a bristle brush to clean around the edges and corners of the individual panes. Don’t use a bristle brush that could scratch the glass.

Let the Light Shine In

Remember to do a thorough cleaning twice a year if you want your windows to look their best. Keeping them clean will ensure you are letting in all that wonderful, natural light!

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