Knowing how to wash windows makes the task a lot easier. Some people let their windows go for years without cleaning them because they think it’s too hard of a chore. Windows don’t need to be washed very often, but when the job is started it should be done right. A poor window washing leaves the homeowner more discouraged than before. Do the job right and it doesn’t seem like such a chore in the future.
To wash windows, you need:
- newspaper (non-glossy)
- window cleaner or vinegar
- Remove the screens from the windows. Screens can be cleaned easier when off of the window.
- Start at the top of the window on the outside. Spray a small amount of window cleaner side to side starting at a top corner and work down some. If it is very warm out, the cleaner my dry before you get to a lower section on a large window so don’t spray too large an area to start with.
- Take a sheet of newspaper and fold it over a few times. Make a piece about the size that comfortably fits in one hand.
- Clean from the top down. Starting where you first sprayed cleaner wipe the glass in a circular motion. Turn the newspaper frequently during this process. The newspaper can be unfolded and refolded to find clean sections to use.
- Once you have finished the outside windows go inside. Do the same procedure on the inside for cleaning. After cleaning the inside windows you may see areas on the outside of the glass that you missed and you can then go back and take care of those missed sections.
A newspaper is much better to use than paper towels, since it leaves no lint behind. Some people use window rubber scrapers to wash the windows, but this takes much more cleaner and results in cleaner and dirt running down the glass and onto the side of the house.