“Spring cleaning.” Homeowners use this term to tell others that they are looking at all aspects of their home to see what can be thrown away, what can be updated, or what can be upgraded. One piece of the home that some tend to overlook are their windows. However, they should be cleaned once or twice a year and Spring is the perfect time to do so. You can choose to either hire a professional or follow this short guide to do it yourself.
Here are the simple steps you should follow for preparing your windows for the Spring:
1. Gather all of your supplies
You will need a squeegee, microfiber cloth, and an all-purpose cleaning solution. You may need a scraper for removing stickers or decals and an extension pole for cleaning windows that are too high to reach. Start with the windows that you can reach first.
2. Clean the window frame
Spray your window frame with your all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a dry, clean cloth.
3. Clean the window surface
Once you have cleaned the frame, you will want to remove any stickers or decals on your windows using a scraper.
4. Clean the inside first
We suggest starting with the inside of the glass first before cleaning the outside. Spray your cleaner on the window and use your squeegee to wipe from the left side of your window to the right side and then from top to bottom.
5. Dry excess water
If you find there is excess water or you want to dry your windows immediately, try using a thin sheet of newspaper so as not to leave any streaks,
6. Repeat outside
Using this same procedure, continue to wash each window within your home. Once you are finished all of the inside windows, move to the outside and clean the windows that you can reach. If you cannot reach a window, the safest way to clean is to use an extension pole with a squeegee attached.
For your windows that have screens, you will definitely want to clean those as well. The best practice for cleaning a screen is to use a small amount of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of water and a soft bristled brush. Begin by removing the screen from your window. Then, spray it down with a hose and dip your scrub brush into the water. From there, you will want to gently scrub the screen then flip to the other side and do the same thing. Once it’s dry, place the screen back into the window.
You are now officially done spring cleaning your windows! Welcome the season and all of its glory into your home with crystal clear windows. Besides improving your view to the outdoors and making your windows easier to operate, maintaining clean windows will help prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear on them, prolonging their life. If you’re still not satisfied with your windows, give our team a call and one of our experts would be happy to help guide you through the window cleaning process. Happy Spring!