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6 Secrets to Beautiful Windows

6 Secrets to Beautiful Windows

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May 14, 2010

Do you clean your windows as carefully as you can, only to be left with unsightly spots when you're done? It happens to the best of us, but there is a way to get rid of that problem.

Clean Your Windows Like a Pro!

The following tips can help you clean windows like the professionals:

  1. Heavy-duty cleaners might seem like a good idea, but a drop or two of detergent in a bucket of water does a very good job at a much cheaper price. You don't want a lot of suds on your window, just enough to cover it with a sudsy film. A strip applicator works well for picture windows.
  2. A squeegee is a valuable tool that makes the difference between an amateur job and a professional one. Start at the top of the window and pull the squeegee through the cleaner in a reverse S-pattern. Wipe the squeegee at the end of each swipe with a lint-free rag.
  3. Remove the remaining water from the edges of the windows with a damp cloth--not a dry one!--and make sure to get the windowsills, too. You want the cloth to absorb the water, not push it around.
  4. If you are working with multi-pane windows, use the same solution as you would for a picture window, but opt for a smaller applicator or sponge to get into hard-to-reach corners.
  5. Use a smaller squeegee to clean the multi-pane windows. Don't be tempted to use rags simply because the spaces are so small; that spreads the suds, and can make your window even dirtier.
  6. From time to time, stain buildup on windows can begin to obstruct the view. When you notice stains that don't go away with a good regular washing, it's time to pull out the big guns: Cleaners containing oxalic acid do well to remove those stains, but keep in mind that they can build back up after several months.

Remember to never use items like wadded up newspaper, paper towels, or dust rags on your windows. Conventional cleaners usually don't work as well as a simple solution of mild soap and water, and can often just spread dirt around rather than clean it up. What's more, using the older methods can create a static charge on the window, which actually pulls dust and dirt to it, making your hard work all for naught.

Use the professional method every six months, and your windows can stay clear and shining!

About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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