||Q: What are your top tips for window cleaning?There are a few key tips I keep in mind when cleaning my windows.1. When to clean: Don't clean windows in direct sunlight--the window may dry too fast and streak.
2. Where to start
: Start washing the exterior window with just plain water. I prefer a hose to give some pressure to help remove the grease and grime--Dramm garden hoses
resist kinking, coil easily, and come in an array of vibrant colors.
3. Perfect your technique
: Wash windows side-to-side on the inside and from top-to-bottom on the outside, starting with water and then going over with a window cleaner such as Common Good Glass Cleaner
. That way, if there are streaks, you will know which side they're on. Change wash in your bucket (I like West Elm's metal version
) and rinse waters often.
4. Choose your tools
: Squeegee I like to use a stainless steel squeegee
--plastic doesn't usually last very long, and brass can be too heavy. If you prefer not to use a squeegee, newspaper can also help to reduce streaks. Note: squeegees do not work on textured or stained glass windows, in this case, go newspaper all the way.)
5. Drying dos
: Use a "hard" paper towel for wiping dry (soft ones leave lint) or cotton cloths such as old t-shirts or socks.
5. Dealing with screens
: vacuum to remove dust, and scrub outside screens with warm water, then rinse with clean water and allow to air dry.
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