How to Wash Windows The Easy Way
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Washing windows is not a chore most people enjoy, but clean windows are worth a little effort!

Nobody likes looking through dirty, grimy windows

If you take the time to wash your windows every month or two, you can keep them shiny and clean.

And if you know the right technique, washing your windows really shouldn’t take that much time or effort.

There is an easy way to get your windows clean and this simple guide will teach you how.

Follow these simple steps to clean windows and mirrors in your home:

What You Will Need:

  • Two buckets
  • Vinegar, ammonia or liquid dish soap
  • Large sponge or T bar applicator
  • A 12 inch brass squeegee
  • Paper towels

Window Washing Steps:

  1. Mix your window washing solution in one bucket, using EITHER one capful of ammonia, one cup of vinegar or about four to six drops of liquid dish soap with TWO gallons of warm water. One of the main keys to avoiding streaks is not using too much soap! Fill the other bucket with clean, warm water.
  2. Now you are ready to begin washing windows! The best way to wash windows is to apply your solution using a T bar like the pros use. You can buy one online at the window clean centre.
  3. If you don’t have a T bar handy, you can use a large sponge. Dip your T bar or sponge in the bucket containing your washing solution, getting it completely wet, but not so wet that you will “flood” the window.
  4. Wash the entire surface of the window with your T bar or sponge, giving special attention to the sides and corners of the window frame, since grime and dirt tend to build up in these areas.
  5. Dip your squeegee into the clean water bucket. Use a good quality brass squeegee that is clean and dry.
  6. Starting on one side at the top of the window, press the squeegee lightly into the surface of the window and pull it downward vertically. Stop pulling the squeegee a few inches before you reach the bottom of the window.
  7. Use a clean paper towel to wipe off the squeegee every few pulls to prevent streaking.
  8. Repeat this process, pressing the squeegee and pulling down in the area of the window directly next to the one you have just cleaned. Stop each time you reach the same point towards the bottom of the window, leaving a few inches at the bottom un-wiped. Continue this process until you have wiped the solution away from the entire window, except for that bottom few inches.
  9. Now, pull the squeegee horizontally across the bottom part of the window and wipe the squeegee off again with a paper towel.
  10. Once you have cleaned the entire window surface, use a paper towel to wipe off any excess water at the bottom of the window frame. You don’t want to leave the window sill or frame wet.

That’s it! In just a few minutes you have cleaned one surface of an entire window; before you know it all the windows in your home will be clean and sparkly!

Window Washing Tips:

  • Don’t use rags to wash your windows; they leave streaks and far too much excess water.
  • Make sure you have a clean rubber blade in your squeegee; an old, cracked blade is sure to streak your windows.
  • A T bar applicator makes a huge difference versus using a sponge; you really should invest in one to make the job go quickly and to get your windows as clean as possible.
  • Try to avoid washing windows when direct sunlight is hitting the glass; best to do this job in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is not direct on your windows.
  • Open or remove window blinds or coverings if they obstruct your cleaning efforts; you can save some time if you clean your window shades and blinds at the same time you wash the windows!

Watch this window washing video for more tips from a professional window washer:


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