Spring Cleaning STEP 7: Windows

May 3, 2011

A Window cleaner.

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Wow two more tasks and we’ve completed the 8-step process to spring cleaning.  Are you feeling good knowing what is behind closed doors? This week we will cover those dreaded windows that everyone avoids doing.  If you have a 2 story home with windows that can’t be cleaned from the inside, you will definitely have a harder go of it than those of us with single story homes.  However, I promise if you or your housekeeper follows my steps, your window cleaning will go faster than in the past. Start inside one day and then do the outside the next day proceeding as follows:
1.    Remove all the screens and wash with biodegradable soapy water, leaving the screens outside to dry.
2.    In a bucket, mix 1.5 – 2 gallons warm water and ivory dish detergent with 1/2 cup of vinegar. It should be sudsy.
3.    Using a car washing glove, the kind that looks like a large looped terry mitten, wash the windows and tracks (and the trim if it is vinyl) thoroughly.
4.    Next, use a squeegee to squeegee the soapy windows. Be sure to dry the end of the squeegee that overlaps the part you just squeegeed.  This should leave little to no water on the window.
5.    With a car shammy, which you can buy at Costco, dry any streaks first, followed by the window edges and trim. Be sure to always have a dry shammy for the glass. You can use damp ones for the trim and tracks.
6.    Repeat this process for all windows both inside and out. Pick the right time of day to wash your windows. Morning for Western exposure, and afternoon for Eastern exposure. Do not wash windows that are in full sun or you will get streaks.
You should have a clearer view of the world now that your windows are clean.  REDinterior has heard of the newspaper trick and we think our shammys work better, but would love to hear about any other tips or issues you have encountered during this process. Please share your ideas with us on our Facebook page (hyperlink www.facebook.com/REDinterior)