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Ideally, windows should be washed twice a year, but it’s a task most people don’t look forward to. Part of what makes window washing such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.
It’s easier and more effective to clean glass like the pros do: with a squeegee and a few other readily available tools.
Big windows call for large tools. The long cloth head of a strip applicator soaks up a lot of soapy water and knocks dirt loose without scratching the glass. For a cleaning solution, just a squirt of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water—the less suds, the better.
Starting at the top left, pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (left-handers would start at the top right). At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with a lint-free rag.
Remove any water remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks. Dry the windowsill with a rag.
A handheld sponge or hog-bristle brush works best on multipane windows. For best results use natural sponges as they’re firmer and more absorbent than synthetics. Using the same solution of a squirt of liquid soap in water, rub each pane from left to right, top to bottom, working the sponge edges or brush bristles into the corners to loosen dirt.
Pull the squeegee down each pane in a single stroke from top to bottom. After each stroke, clean the blade with a rag so it doesn’t leave streaks. (If the squeegee squeaks a lot, add a bit more soap to the water.) As above, remove any streaks on the glass with a chamois, and dry the muntins and sill with a rag.
Over time, hard-water runoff from wood or rain falling through metal window screens leaves stubborn mineral stains on glass that normal washing can’t erase. So after a regular cleaning, wet the glass and gently “super-clean” it either with fine 000 steel wool, then rinse and squeegee the glass twice to remove the residue. Even with that treatment, the staining generally comes back in about six months.
Remember: Keeping your windows clean is a requirement of your tenancy.
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