Washing those Filthy Windows!

Written by Do I Editorial

Everyone hates cleaning, but the most arduous task of all is cleaning windows. That’s all about lots of elbow grease and aching arms at the end of the day – but the outcome is worth the effort. After all, who doesn’t want a sparkling clean windowpane? And the upside is that you only have to wash your windows (if you do it well!) only once or twice a year.

If you don’t want to tackle the job of cleaning windows all at once, break it up into sections. Clean the windows of one room a day, and you will find that your job has become that much easier. A tip – choose a day that is not brilliantly sunny because too much sun makes the windows dry faster. This may sound helpful, but in reality, too much sunlight leads to the formation of unsightly streaks on the glass of the pane.

Tackle the chore thoroughly, starting with sills, frames and grills (if you have any). This is where most of the dust and grime accumulates, so use a pocket vacuum cleaner, duster or a long-handled brush to brush away the dust. Next, using a sponge or a cloth dipped in cleansing solution (soap and water works just as well!) start washing the window with circular movements. Remember to squeeze the sponge or wring out the cloth so that excess water doesn’t leave marks on the glass.

To achieve uniformity, wash from the corners and perimeters of the window and move inwards. Don’t let the glass dry naturally. Dry the glass using a paper towel, newspaper or a soft, dry cloth. Again, when you are moving the cloth/paper across the surface of the glass, move in uniform strokes. This means that all of your movements should be in the same direction. For instance, if you start with vertical movements, continue with them. Once you have finished drying the glass, wipe the glass again using a dry soft cloth in order to avoid leaving smears.

Follow these tips to have clean, shiny windows for the rest of the year.

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