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Wash The Day Away: Cleaning Windows And Screens

March 3, 2024
Wash The Day Away: Cleaning Windows And Screens

Introduction

Cleaning windows and screens is an important part of maintaining a clean home or office. Proper cleaning can allow more natural light in, provide clearer views, and even extend the life of windows and screens. In this article, I will share my tips and experiences with washing windows and screens to help you easily wash the day away.

Preparing To Clean

Before I start washing, I make sure I have all the necessary supplies and tools. Here are the items I use:

  • A squeegee or window cleaning wand with a scrubber and squeegee attachment
  • A cleaning solution like glass cleaner or dish soap and water
  • Paper towels, microfiber cloths, or sponges
  • A small brush or toothbrush for cleaning window tracks and screens
  • A bucket or spray bottle to hold cleaning solution
  • A ladder or step stool if needed

I also remove any screens I can to make cleaning the windows easier. Screens can be washed separately later.

Safety First

When washing second story or high windows, I use extreme caution. I only clean what I can reach safely from a ladder without overextending my reach. For high or hard-to-reach windows, hiring a professional may be the safest option.

I also check the forecast. Direct sunlight can cause cleaning solutions to dry too quickly and leave streaks. Overcast days are ideal for window washing.

Washing Windows

Here is my basic process for washing windows:

  1. I spray glass cleaner directly onto the window or apply it with a sponge.

  2. Using a damp microfiber cloth, paper towel, or sponge, I wipe down the entire window to loosen dirt and grime.

  3. I use the scrubbing end of my wand to scrub any sticky spots. Extra scrubbing is sometimes needed around window edges and frames.

  4. Next, I squeegee from top to bottom to remove all the cleaning solution. I try to squeegee in straight, slightly overlapping lines.

  5. For any leftover streaks, I spray a small amount of cleaner and wipe them away with a cloth.

  6. Once the main window is cleaned, I use a small brush to scrub debris out of the window tracks.

  7. Lastly, I dry all windows and window sills with a dry microfiber cloth.

Extra Tips

  • I start washing at the top of windows and work my way down. This helps prevent drips streaking already cleaned areas.

  • Washing windows on cloudy days helps prevent cleaner from drying too fast before I can squeegee it.

  • I mix 1-2 tablespoons of dish soap per gallon of water for an effective homemade window cleaner.

  • Cleaning windows at least 2-3 times per year helps prevent heavy buildup.

Cleaning Screens

Window and screen doors also need regular cleaning. Here is how I wash screens:

  1. I remove each screen from its frame and place it on a flat surface. Screens can collect a lot of dirt and debris when left in place.

  2. I use a hose or bucket of water to lightly spray screens and rinse away loose dirt.

  3. Next, I use a soft brush and mild soap and water solution to scrub the mesh. I work in circular motions.

  4. I spray screens thoroughly with the hose or return to the bucket and wipe away all soapy residue.

  5. I allow screens to air dry fully before returning them to their frames. I check for any holes or needed repairs while drying.

  6. For screen doors, I pay close attention to the door tracks and thresholds, scrubbing away built-up dirt.

Screen Cleaning Tips

  • I try to clean window and door screens at least once a year. More frequent cleaning may be needed for homes in dusty areas.

  • Rust stains on screens can be removed with white vinegar or a baking soda paste.

  • For delicate screens, I use a very mild detergent like baby shampoo instead of harsher chemicals.

  • A toothbrush or soft brush helps me scrub into crevices on screen frames.

Conclusion

Regularly washing windows and screens helps maintain clarity, brightness, and cleanliness in my home. By following these techniques, you can easily wash the day away. The key is using the right tools, cleaning on overcast days, and taking your time to clean surfaces thoroughly. Your windows and screens will sparkle and shine!

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