DIY Window Washing Tips and Tricks

Washing your home’s windows yourself can save you money and give you satisfaction of a job well-done each time you look out of your sparkling clean windows. Getting prepared is half the battle of any D.I.Y. job. The best way to stay motivated is to purchase all items needed and keep them together in the bucket you’ll be using for the task, so any time you are ready for window washing, all your tools will be ready too.

Window Washing Essentials

* Dish washing liquid that does not contain skin moisturizer or a bottle of white vinegar

* Large sea sponge

* Large cleaning brush with soft bristles

* Cloths that are lint-free such as microfiber (not paper towel, which will leave lint behind)

* Squeegee

* Straight-edge razor blade for scratching away any stuck on debris or paint splatters

* Rubber gloves

* Bucket

* Ladder

Getting Started

Preferably choose a cool day when the sun is not shining directly on the windows. Direct sunshine will cause the glass cleaning solution to dry too quickly and create streaks on the glass. Starting in the morning on the side of your home where the sun will hit first will give you a head-start against the rays.

If washing windows on the inside, place a cloth across the window sill to absorb any drips. If working outside, make sure ladder is secure before climbing.

Use the brush to sweep away all dust, cobwebs or other debris from the window and surrounding sill.

Create a cheap and effective D.I.Y. glass cleaning solution by mixing one part dish washing liquid into nine parts of hot water in the bucket. Add the water first, then the dish washing liquid to prevent soap suds from forming. If you prefer to use white vinegar, then create the cleaning solution by mixing half and half white vinegar and hot water in the bucket. Make sure the water is not too hot that it will hurt your hands as you use it.

Dampen the sponge and wipe across window glass in a circular motion. Use straight-edge razor blade to remove stuck on bird droppings or other debris as needed.

Using your squeegee, place the blade flush against the top of the window pane starting on one side. Pull the squeegee downward without stopping until it reaches the bottom of the pane. Pick squeegee straight up, wipe blade off with a lint-free cloth and place back at the top of pane so it overlaps slightly with the first stroke. Make the second stroke downward just like the first and continue until the entire glass surface has been squeegeed downward. Make one final swipe with the squeegee across the bottom of the window pane.

Dampen another cloth with all-purpose cleaner and wipe the window frame and sill clean.

Take a step back and do a visual inspection for streaks. If you see none, move onto to the next window.

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