Whether your home has 14 windows or 44, the chore of cleaning each can seem daunting. The problem with dirty windows is that unless you decide to keep the blinds or curtains closed 24/7, you’re going to have to actually look at those dusty, smudged-up panes of glass. For many households, window cleaning typically falls into the seasonal chore category. But what do the home and cleaning experts recommend?
How Often Should Windows Be Cleaned?
CNN put together a list of how often certain things in and around the home should be cleaned. According to their report, windows should be washed twice a year, while screens need only to be cleaned annually.
For many home owners and even renters, window cleaning usually is a once-a-year chore. However, window washing frequency will depend a lot on your home’s location. If you live in a rural area near farm fields, the dust and dirt stirred during planting and harvest seasons may increase your need for more frequent window and screen cleaning.
Tips for DIY Window Washing
The number one tip for window (or screen) washing is safety first. Never attempt to climb a ladder without having a partner to help ensure it’s stable and steady. Never sit on a window ledge from the inside of the home to lean out and clean the outside window — that can be very dangerous.
To wash your windows, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Bucket for water
- Liquid dish detergent
- Rubbing alcohol
- One sponge
- Two lint-free cloths
- One squeegee
Fill the bucket with about two gallons of water, 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent, and one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. The dish detergent will cut through any grime and the alcohol will produce a shine. Soak the sponge and scrub it across the window, working from the top to the bottom. With the squeegee, position the blade at the top of the window and pull it down in a single, smooth movement. Wipe the squeegee blade with the lint free cloth and repeat the process until the window is clean.
Repeat the above process for each window, interior and exterior. Don’t forget to wipe down the window frame and the track, taking care to remove any dust, dirt, bugs, or grime.
Benefits of Professional Window Cleaning
Window cleaning is one of the big chores that often is best left to a professional team. Having a team come in, like the pros at United Window Cleaning, to handle the work has multiple benefits. These include but are not limited to:
- Less hassle: no need to gather cleaning supplies
- Saves time: let the professionals work while you rest
- Professional quality cleaning products: streak-free cleaning process
- Safer: the professionals have the right equipment for reaching even the highest windows
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