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Window Cleaning: 101

03 June 2017
Kevin Hartley


Tools and Materials

  • Mix a cleaning solution of 2c. white vinegar and 2c. hot water and 1 tsp. of dish soap.
  • Soft-bristled brush, large sponges
  • Extendable squeegee
  • Lint-free cloths (not washed/dried with fabric softener; it leaves behind a residue that streaks)
  • Old newspaper/newsprint
  • Rubber gloves (Use as needed)

Grab and go!  Start by organizing all of your window-washing tools into a kit, stored in a plastic or metal bucket. With a kit ready you can grab and go when the need, or when the mood, strikes.

  1. A hot sunny day can cause the cleaning solutions to dry too quickly, resulting in spots and streaks. A cooler overcast day or a time of day when the sun is not shining directly on the windows is perfect!

  2. On exterior windows, use the soft brush to lightly dust away cobwebs and loose dirt from frames, screens, hinges, sills, and tracks. On the interiors, use a dry, lint-free cloth.

  3. Use a damp sponge to apply the vinegar-water-soap solution and wipe the dirt away. Avoid getting the window frames too wet.

  4. When using a squeegee, place a rolled towel on the windowsill to catch drips. Wet the squeegee blade for a smoother glide.

  5. Start in an upper corner of the window, draw the squeegee down in a straight line. Repeat, slightly overlapping the first pass. After each pass wipe the edge of the squeegee with a damped lint-free cloth or sponge. Draw the squeegee left to right across the bottom of the window, then use a sponge or cloth to dry the sill.

  6. Wipe down window frames with hot water and a non-ammoniated all-purpose cleaner. Using a clean, dry cloth and hot water, rinse away the cleaning solution.

  7. Using a clean batch of the vinegar solution in a spray bottle with a misting nozzle, mist the window panes, then quickly buff to a crystal clear shine using crumpled up newspaper. Make sure to use uncoated (non-shiny) newsprint, not the coated paper that some newspapers and flyers are printed on.  Works like a charm because it is very absorbent and lint free.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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