Cleaning the outside of the windows on your home can easily transform the inside of your home. It is surprising how dirty your windows can become over time due in large part to forces like bad weather and natural elements like small bugs.
But knowing how to properly clean your windows from the outside can be a little bit more tricky than simply cleaning the interior of your home’s windows because of these extra causes of the dirt and grime.
If you take a page out of a professional’s book and take the cleaning of your windows seriously, you will soon have spotless windows and will be very impressed with how much that will brighten up the interior of your home. Each of the different types of windows will call for slightly different methods of cleaning.
For a picture window, you will begin with using a strip applicator due to the window’s large surface. For the cleaner, it is recommended that you use just a small amount of dishwashing detergent mixed with water. Do not over mix since more suds can actually work against you. Use the applicator to apply the mixture and clean over the entire window.
To clean your picture window of this mixture you will need a squeegee. It will also be important to have a clean and lint free rag ready for this part of the cleaning. If you are right handed, start with your squeegee at the top left of your window. (For those that are left handed, do the exact opposite for this step.) You will need to move your squeegee to the right and move in a reverse s method. After each sweep with the squeegee, make sure that you wipe it clean on the rag. Continue to repeat this step until you have removed all of the soap from the window.
If you have a multi pane window, you may need to cut a squeegee down to a size that will work. You will simply want to make sure it is about a quarter of inch smaller than each section of the window so it will work properly. Begin by using a sponge and the same mixture as on the picture window. Use the sponge to clean each individual pane from left to right and top to bottom.
Once you have cleaned each separate pane, you will need the specialized squeegee and a clean rag. On a multi pane window, you will need to move from the top to the bottom of each pane with the squeegee. Make sure to clean the squeegee on the rag after each movement so that you are not transferring the dirt.
While these methods are typically good enough to clean all of your windows with little difficulty, you may come across some spots that are a little tougher. These spots will require a special process. One method to cleaning these spots that can work very well is using a very fine steel wool. You will need to wet the window first and scrub the spot. Sometimes these spots just need a little elbow grease.
If the steel wool does not work there are cleaners that can do the job. The recommended cleaner is either Zud or Barkeeper’s Friend. Mix this into a paste on a hand towel and rub away the stains with the paste. You will then need to rinse the glass and squeegee it until there is no more residue remaining on the window. This may take a few passes with the squeegee before it is completely clean.
Each of these different steps will clean the exterior of your windows if repeated at least twice a year. They are necessary steps to take to avoid streaking the window or just not getting the window clean as completely as you are able.
A little bit of effort a couple times of year can give you spotless windows and improve the interior of your home. Having clean windows can allow more natural light to enter your home and generally brighten up the whole house. Not cleaning your windows properly will allow grime to quickly build back up and keep you from enjoying the full effects of a clean window.