(March 25, 2013) It's time to start your Window Cleaning when the sun starts shining! And believe me, if they are not clean, you will want them cleaned!
One of the first steps for spring cleaning is tackling those windows. They can make or break a sunny day, so don't put it off.
There are a lot of components to spring cleaning windows. It's not just the glass. You need to address the whole window. The frame, track, blinds, shutters, curtains.
In the "old" days, when I was growing up, cleaning windows was a family project. I always got the shutters. I have shutters now too as an adult. And I don't like cleaning them any more now, than when I was a child. But they are so important!
If you have wooden shutters, you need to dust them. I recommend wiping each piece individually with a microfiber cloth. Same thing for painted shutters, only you would wash them.
If you have curtains, you need to ask yourself if you can take them down, and either wash them or have them drycleaned (Check the label).
Next, you want to address your window frames. Sometimes, I like to wash wooden frames with Murphy's Oil Soap. If the frame is painted, wash it with your regular cleaner, even dish soap works well.
Then, open the window, and wash the track. Most tracks get very dirty over the winter. Get into the corners, and really wipe them clean. If you like to open your windows during the summer, this is a must do!
Finally, it's time to clean the glass! If the windows are really dirty, I recommend you wash them first with water and a microfiber cloth. You will be amazed by how well that will work. Then, for that finished touch, go back and use your favorite window cleaning product. Just don't use too much. In my experience, the more product you use, the more streaks you will have.
If you have the type of window that allows you to clean the outside glass from the inside, you should do that next.
Trust me, you are going to feel great once this is done, and other than keeping it touched up, it's one of those jobs you really only have to do once a year.
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