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Window Aftercare: Clean Windows Easily in 6 Easy Steps

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Eastwood’s Carpentry are a premium supplier of wooden framed double glazed windows, for more information on the aftercare of your windows after installation see the following information in this guest post below from home improvement 101.

When it comes to cleaning windows, there are a few simple methods that you absolutely MUST figure out in order to make the window cleaning efficient.

Otherwise, you run significant risk of smearing, particles, or having windows that look dirty, smudged, or rushed.
Consider these 6 easy steps to make window cleaning a fast easy breeze:

Step 1 – Gather Necessary Supplies

Make sure you have all of the necessary supplies prior to starting. You’ll need a bucket, your preferential window detergent (Windex, or Soap), a sponge (used for cleaning) and a cloth (used for drying).

Step 2 – Remove Siding, Curtains, Window Shades

Before you even think about applying moisture to the windows in order to clean them, make sure that you remove any accessories on your windows! This includes any siding, curtains, or window shades.
Before you “dive in”, make sure to neatly set them aside, and if necessary, these components might also require individual cleaning.
Curtains should be washed in a washer machine, shades can be cleaned with Windex in many circumstances, and paneling or siding could be washed using warm soapy water with a sponge.

Step 3 – Fill Bucket with Water or Detergent of Your Choice

Once you have your window accessories removed, and you’ve gathered your supplies, only then should you put warm water into a bucket. This will ensure that your water is warm when you start washing the actual window, so only move on to this once steps 1 and 2 are complete.

Once you have your bucket and sponge, you’ll need to decide which type of window cleaner to use. The recommended solutions are Windex or Water. Both work adequately well to clean windows, though often you should experiment with both to see which clean your individual window with most adequacy.

Step 4 – Remove Cobwebs or Debris

Before you begin tackling your windows, you’ll want to manually remove excess debris dust or cobwebs. This way it will prevent cobwebs from “smudging” into your window which can cause excess work, so remove these before you begin cleaning your windows.

Step 5 – Clean Windows Thoroughly With Soaked Sponge

Once the cobwebs and excess dust has been removed, now’s the time to begin washing your windows with sponge and preferred detergent. To begin, soak your sponge in water and begin from the top-left side of the window and work yourself from left to right, and then continue until you’re all the way at the bottom.

It’s important to start at the top, because the excess fluid will move its way down, so you want to make sure that excess debris doesn’t “fall down” onto the areas already cleaned, so it’s essential to start at the top, and work your way down.
If your windows are exceptionally dirty, you might have to repeat step 5 several times.
Continue until your windows are debris, dust, and stain free.

Step 6 – Dry Window Frame with Dry Cloth

Once the windows have been adequately cleaned, it’s important to dry them with a clean dry cloth.
You might consider a microfibre cloth, or just a regular dry towel will adequately dry them.
Don’t skip this step! Failure to adequately dry your windows after cleaning could result in dust or residue sticking to the wet windows.

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Amar has been studying the science of window cleaning for several years and lives by these methods. For more information on Amar and for additional DIY resources and windows related posts, click here.

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