Sean Castrina, owner of Advantage Handyman Services in Charlottesville Virginia offers practical home improvement tips. Advantage Handyman Services is a multi-million dollar home improvement company with a BBB A+ Rating. Sean Castrina holds a class A contractors license as well as a Masters in Construction Management.
Each homeowner wants his windows to look crystal clear and streak-free. So many people prefer cleaning windows at regular intervals based on the environmental conditions of their area. If you are residing in a large building, it is a good idea to avail professional window cleaning service. But you can always clean the windows on your own, if the house is small and small. When you clean the windows for the first time, you will find the task daunting and time-consuming. However, a number of simple techniques will help you in maintaining the look of your windows without putting much time and efforts.
Use a Quality Rubber Squeezee: Based on your choice, you can choose from several window cleaning techniques. But most homeowners prefer using good quality rubber squeegee to clean their windows. After wiping the window with a sponge dampened in a window cleaning solution, the rubber squeegee blade will make it easier for you to wipe the window across. The wiping can also be followed with rinsing the window with clean water, and using a dry cloth to remove any additional moisture.
Consider Using Newspapers: Many people use paper towels to clean their windows. But the paper towels often leave lint behind. So you have to put some extra effort in removing the lint. On the other hand, you can avoid such lint by using a newspaper. The newspaper can further be easily recycled and save the cost of paper towels. However, in comparison to the rubber squeegee, the newspaper will require you to spend some more time in cleaning the windows. You can consider using newspapers when you do not have a quality rubber squeegee.
Avoid Using Commercial Window Cleaners: You can find many commercial window cleaners that can remove the stains, dust, streaks and spots from your windows effectively. But you must avoid using the commercial cleaners available in the market, and make the window cleaner on your own. It is always advisable to make your own solution by mixing some simple ingredients like about 15 ounces of water; 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol; 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar; and 2 drops of any essential oils. You can combine these ingredients in a spray bottle, and apply the solution for window cleaning. Also, you have to rub alcohol on the window to keep it clean and provide protection from frost.
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Clean Your Window Screen: Often the look and decor of a house is impacted by dirty windows. So you must clean the window screen at regular intervals. It is also a good idea to complement the new and fresh look of your windows by putting clean screens. However, the screens must be removed before you start cleaning the window. Also, the inside and outside surface of the windows must be brushed down using a household brush to enhance the look of your windows.
It is also important to choose the right time to clean your home windows. You can always carry out the window cleaning on a cloudy day. The absence of direct sunlight will keep the windows in shade without causing streaking.