Now that we are getting ready to keep our windows open longer, it’s important to make sure our windows are clean! Cleaning our windows may not sound like a difficult task, but there’s a lot of common concerns many come across.
Here’s a few tips that will help address those frequently asked questions:
Q. How can I stop my windows from streaking after washing?
A. Use a window-washing squeegee with a smooth, soft rubber edge. Dry a 1-inch (2.5 centimeter) strip at the top or side of each window and always start your squeegee there—starting on dry glass is one key to avoiding streaks. Don’t wash windows in direct sunlight, because quickly dried glass is more susceptible to streaking. Evenings or cloudy days are the best times for window washing.
Q. How do I stop my blinds from being dust magnets?
A. Use an antiseptic spray! To keep dust from piling up quickly, use an antistatic spray, such as Static Guard, on the window blinds right after you clean them.
Q. How do I clean the mildew on my window frame?
A. Wash with a bleach-detergent solution. Mix 2 ounces of household bleach and 1 ounce of laundry detergent in a quart of water. Wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands, sponge the solution on the spots and let it sit for ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Q. How can I keep my windowsills clean?
A. Apply a coat of floor wax. Because your exterior windows are exposed to the elements, they are subject to collecting a lot of dirt. But there is a simple way to keep your sills clean: Wipe on a coat of clear floor wax to protect them.
Q. How can I keep my shades clean?
A. Dust shades regularly with a soft cloth, a duster such as a Swiffer, or the dusting brush on your vacuum. If they’re stained or spotted, wash them. You can wash vinyl shades using a sponge and a solution of 1⁄4 cup white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water – washing them in the bathtub is even easier! Run some warm water in the tub, add a squirt of dishwashing liquid, and wipe each side with a large sponge. Many fabric shades can also be washed, but take a close look at the care instructions before washing them. It’s best not to leave them in the water for more than a minute or so.
Q. How can I keep my windows from getting so dirty so fast?
A. Try changing your heating and cooling system’s filter. If the interior glass surface of your windows get dirty unusually fast, you may need to change the filters on your furnace or air conditioner. Homes trap dust, pollen, dander, and other particles, so they should be changed every month or two.
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