Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tips Tuesday! Cleaning Windows

Onto the windows of our spring cleaning...

Just imagine, one minute you're looking through a foggy mess and then - in a flash - you have a crystal clear window on the world! Here are some proven tips to make window washing a snap!


Use vertical strokes when washing outside windows and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks.

For a real shine, rub a blackboard eraser over a newly washed window.

Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too fast, and probably streak.

Always wash windows from top to bottom.

Consensus of opinion has it that crumbed up black and white newspaper dipped in vinegar is the absolute best way to wash windows. Dip paper in vinegar and wipe the glass until almost dry, then shine with dry newspaper or cloth.

Other cleaning solutions

Mix 1/3 cup ammonia in 1 gallon water Or 1/2 cup ammonia, 1 cup white vinegar and 2 Tbs cornstarch mixed in a bucket of warm water.

On cold days, add 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to each quart of water to prevent icing.

Keep a spray bottle filled with 3 Tbs ammonia, 1 Tbs white vinegar and cool water on hand for spot cleaning windows and mirrors.

For painted windowsills, dilute rubbing alcohol with water and rub with a cloth. It gets rid of spots,and the sills look freshly painted.

To avoid taking down curtains when washing windows, drape them through a hanger and hang them from the curtain rod.

For outside windows, dip a long handled mop in cleaning solution, wash, then hose off. Throw a clean towel over the mop to dry.

A long handled car wash brush attached to a hose works great, too!

Straight vinegar will get those outside windows really clean.

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