Cleaning Exterior Windows The Right Way

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Do you ever get frustrated when you try to clean your outdoor windows? Sometimes it can seem impossible to get a streak-free shine! Luckily, it isn't impossible at all if you know the right techniques. With these helpful tips, you can be on your way to having a perfect window every time!

1. Use a Squeegee, Not Towels

Do you ever try to use a towel (either cloth or paper) on your windows, only to leave little pieces of lint behind? Not only is using a towel on your window just moving the dirt around instead of actually cleaning it (and often causing damage to your windows from rubbing in the abrasive dirt), but it can also cause the towel to shed lint that makes an even bigger mess.

Instead of struggling with using towels, you should purchase a designated window squeegee. When you use a squeegee, you can actually clean the glass and leave it streak-free. Squeegees are not expensive, and they will take the frustration out of cleaning your windows.

2. Use the Right Squeegee Technique

Using a squeegee is a great step in the right direction, but it won't help you if you don't know how to use it! To use this technique, you will need a window scrubber, a squeegee, a garden hose, a lint-free cloth and some good cleaner. First, you will need to spray down the windows to get them completely wet.  Then, use a window scrubber dipped in your cleaner to remove dirt particles without scratching your windows. Rinse off the window again and get your squeegee ready.

When using your squeegee, you should start at the top of the window and make tilted horizontal strokes that overlap each other.  Use your lint-free cloth to dry off the squeegee after each stroke. Once you have squeegeed the whole window, use your lint-free cloth to dry off any remaining wet spots. You should have a sparkling clean window!

3. Use the Right Cleaner

Just because a cleaner is sold in stores does not mean it is any more effective than something you could make at home. When you buy an expensive window cleaner, you are wasting your money for a product that might not even be effective.

There are many different DIY window cleaner recipes online, including this one:

¼ Cup Vinegar

½ teaspoon liquid soap or laundry detergent

2 cups water

Mix it all up and you have a simple window cleaner that really works (and that doesn't expose you and your family to dangerous chemicals)!

4. Clean Your Window Screens Regularly

Not only do dirty window screens look bad on their own, but they can also spread dust to your windows and make them dirty too! In order to keep your screens in pristine condition, you should lightly clean them about once a week.

If you have a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, you can use that to clean your screens. Just run the attachment gently over the screen, taking care not to push too hard and damage it. If you do not have such a vacuum (or if your vacuum's suction is too harsh to be safely used on your window screens), you can instead use a household duster or a cloth to remove dust buildup.

Your exterior windows are one of the first impressions that any visitor gets of your home, so you should take great care to ensure that they are not dirty or streaked. Using proper window care techniques isn't hard and doesn't take very long; anyone can have beautiful exterior windows if they are willing to learn the right way to clean them!


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