Weekend Project: It's Time To Clean Your Windows, Interior and Exterior

By Patrick Juma, Feb 24, 2017

WINDOW CLEANING is the task you’ve been putting off for what could be years. But this is finally the weekend you do it; you’re going to clean your windows inside and out. That means scrubbing down those frames and sills, cleaning the glass, the ledges and washing the screens.

All Clean Property Services’ Weekend Project is a series consisting of tasks you can do in your spare time to help make your life easier or just do something constructive.

You Will Need:

  • A microfiber cloth
  • Squeegee for cleaning the glass
  • Soft scrubbing brush
  • A sponge
  • Bucket & Spray bottle
  • Clean water
  • White Vinegar and corn starch
  • Garden hose
  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • An hour or two
Exterior Window Cleaning Before doing anything, you need to close the windows. This will prevent water from going into the house as you clean the frames and sills.

Clean the Frames and Sills Take the soft brush slightly dampen it with water and start scrubbing gently (If the frames are wooden then remember wood and water don’t mix very well). Then take a soft cloth (a microfiber cloth is recommended) and wipe the clean frames.

Window Screen Remove the window screens from the window and wash them outside. Pick up the screen by its edges, hold it at an angle so most of the screen surface is facing the ground, and place one edge lightly against a firm surface. Start cleaning the screens by wetting them first with water. Place the soft brush attachment on the hose and scrub both sides of the screens until the dirt and grime are removed. Rinse the dirt away and let them dry completely before putting them back in the window.

Glass Make a simple window cleaning solution by mixing up one tablespoon of corn-starch for every ¼ cup of vinegar then fill your spray bottle to the top with water. Spray the solution to the glass then use a squeegee to remove the cleaning solution.

Interior Window Cleaning Though interior windows are not usually as dirty as the exterior it is advisable to clean them both on the same day.

Ledges & Tracks To avoid creating a muddy mess that will make cleaning more difficult, start by removing as much of the dirt and debris as you can before using any water. After removing the bulk of the debris, you can rinse the area with water.  Make sure your weep holes are free-flowing by inserting a hole cleaner to clear any debris. Finally wipe the tracks and ledges with a soft microfiber cloth.

Interior Glass Spray, starting at the top the glass with the window cleaning solution then scrub with the sponge and work down. Place the squeegee at the top and then draw the squeegee down, with smooth, strong strokes. Wipe the blade of the squeegee often to avoid drips and so that you don't spread the dirt around. Look through your windows at an angle and if you see any smudges, use a clean microfiber cloth to buff it away.

Remember, when cleaning your windows BE CAREFUL. If you have to use a ladder, ensure that it is very secure and ask someone to steady it below while you clean. Finally, beware of wasps and hornets’ nests and bee hives while you work. Though they may look dormant, you never know when one of these stinging insects could return home.

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Patrick Juma

Patrick Juma, The founder & CEO of ALL CLEAN Property Services. You can find him on Linkedin.

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