By Great Lakes Window
When you put together your spring cleaning checklist, you’re probably including tasks like cleaning out closets, donating clothing and shoes, and airing out rugs, in addition to working out a plan to tackle the various rooms in your home one-by-one. But sometimes we overlook the deep clean that certain parts of our house need, such as the windows. For your spring cleaning plan, it might be time to do more than spray some glass cleaner on the panes of your windows. Instead, think about giving them a deep down clean from the inside out.
Depending on the kind of window you have, you will either wash the outside facing glass from the inside or outside of your home. If you have older windows that don’t safely and easily tilt inward the way our double hung windows do, or have removable sashes like our sliding windows, for example, you will likely have to wash them from the outside. Use a fresh cloth or sponge and clean the window panes with the detergent/water mixture. Finish by using a squeegee to remove any excess moisture.
The outside of your windows collect the most dirt and grime buildup, thanks to their direct contact with the elements. You can scrub the interior for hours, but if you don’t clean the exterior, it won’t have the impact you’re hoping for. It’s best to focus on the outside on an overcast day without wind to avoid streaks from the sunlight and getting sprayed by your cleaner.
Remember to always protect windows when caustic cleaning materials are used to clean the exterior of your home. And never use a pressure washer to clean your windows and doors, as this can cause irreversible damage.
When cleaning the window panes, it’s important to handle with care. Spray cleaners, rags and paper towels leave behind moisture and are absorbed into the glass surface, which causes softening and leaves behind deposits of chemicals, particles and dirt, causing streaks and smears on your window panes.
Removing stuck-on adhesives, bugs or other debris
Whenever you have to scrape something off your window, be sure to proceed with caution. A plastic scraper blade or single sided razor blade are your best options.
This should get you on your way to some thorough spring window cleaning!