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Use these easy-to-follow tips to get streak-free windows all around!
- Don’t clean your windows on a bright sunny day. Direct light causes the cleaning solution to dry before you can wipe it away. For best results, save window cleaning for a cloudy day.
- Clean, cool water is actually the best cleaning solution for windows, but for tough jobs, try adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon.
- Use horizontal strokes on the inside and vertical on the outside – or vice versa. This just makes it easier to see which side the streaks are on if you notice any at all.
For best results, use crumpled newspaper for streak-free drying results.(c) AHS, 2011
The experts at Merry Maids offer time saving cleaning tips
A well-organized house is an easy-to-care-for house. The experts at Merry Maids know this from experience and can offer some time saving tips that will help you organize and clean your home in no time flat.
- De-junk your home. Managing clutter takes too much time. Eliminate anything from your home that you are not currently using and donate unwanted items to charity. You will feel better about yourself and the appearance of your home.
- Remove temptation. If you pile clutter on a specific table, get rid of that table. That way, you are more likely to put things where they belong. Eliminate the areas where clutter builds.
- Get a mat. Use only one entry door into your home. Place an Astroturf mat outside the entry to your home. Also, place a sturdy nylon mat inside the house. This will eliminate an incredible amount of dust and dirt within your household, as well cut down on your cleaning time in general.
- Establish command central. Determine a place, usually in the kitchen, for the day’s mail, calendar, car keys, school papers, grocery lists, etc. This eliminates the chance for clutter throughout the house and cuts down on dirt buildup.
- Use the clock. Give cleaning solutions time to work. Spray the light fixtures and mirrors in the bathroom and let the cleaner work while you scrub the tub with an all- purpose cleaner, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap. Then come back to the fixtures and mirrors.
- Defy dust. Change furnace filters and replace vacuum bags regularly. Do not miss vents when you dust.
Keep the windows clean and you have a well lit room. Allow the windows to get dirty means that not only will the light be prevented from coming in but the outside world will not be able to be viewed with clarity.
How often this needs doing will depend on the local environment. I live in a country town away from the main roads and so there is not much dust and dirt thrown up by passing traffic. This means that once a month is sufficient to keep the sparkle. However, I was brought up in a city alongside a busy trunk road which carried lorries and buses as well as cars. The windows there needed tending each and every week. So that is the first decision that has to be made.
Cleaning the Frames
Dust and polish to keep looking fresh. Wood frames will need a polish which stop them from drying out and will also give a silken sheen. The outside will also need a preserving polish to stop the rain entering the grain. Painted frames tend to collect the dust in the corners and angles. Again polish up and remove all dust. On the outside polish will encourage the rain to run off . The modern uPVC frames are cleaned with a polish/cleaner which has been specifically produced for the job.
Cleaning the Glass
Clean the glass AFTER the frames. You don’t want to mess up your work at the edges by doing it in the wrong order. Use a specially prepared window cleaner for ease and speed. Have a non-linting cloth to apply and polish the glass. If you use a cleaning solution in water you may wish to use a squeegee just like the experts.
Washing the Units
Apart from this regular cleaning the windows and window frames will need a good washing. Again the frequency will depend on where you live. We are all so busy these days that it is a job that is likely put off and forgotten. Schedule this for at least twice a year.
Use a good soapy solution to wash the whole units. Be prepared to keep changing the water as it gets dirty – there’s no use washing with dirty water – you will only swirl around the muck.
If you are cleaning the outside and are using ladders, make sure that you take all safety precautions. Maybe the only way you can do it is to reach the outside from within each room. This also needs great care. Should you be worried about any of this then hire a professional rather than put yourself at risk.