Pearl, my weimeraner dog, liked to leave her mark on any window she was near in our house and vehicles. Nose prints to be more specific! It was a constant struggle to keep windows clean and the outside world visible.
Here at AnswerLine we frequently receive calls about window cleaning and what cleaners are best to use. Here are a few solutions for making those windows sparkling clean again. Too much chemical or soap solution causes streaks and leaves residue on the windows. Ammonia cuts heavy grease and soil and vinegar helps remove hard water spots.
HOMEMADE WINDOW CLEANERS:
- Mix two tablespoons of ammonia OR white vinegar with two quarts of warm water.
- Mix one tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent with one quart water.
- For a heavy duty cleaning solution mix one-half cup ammonia, one pint of 70 percent rubbing alcohol and one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent. Add enough water to make one gallon of solution.
TIPS FOR CLEANING WINDOWS:
- Wipe really dirty windows with a damp cloth. Don’t rub dirt because it will scratch the glass. A vacuum cleaner with an attachment will work for this job, too.
- With a clean sponge or cloth lightly wet the window. Don’t flood it!
- When using a squeegee, tilt at an angle to the glass and wipe the blade of the squeegee after each pass with a damp cloth.
- You may use a cloth or paper (such as newspaper) to clean also.
- Don’t clean windows in direct sunlight – the window may dry too fast and streak.
- Exterior windows should be first washed with a hose or clean water to remove grease and grime.
- Wash windows side to side on the inside and top to bottom on the outside. If there are streaks, you will know which side they are on.
- Change wash and rinse water often.
- Vacuum screen to remove dust, etc.
- Outside screens can be scrubbed with warm water and rinsed with clean water. Allow to air dry.
- Choose a “hard” paper towel (soft ones leave lint) or cotton cloths such as old t-shirt or socks. Micro-fiber cloths also work well for cleaning windows.
Using the right tools and cleaners helps the dirty job of washing windows much quicker and easier. I hope these tips help you clean those nose and finger prints, grease and grime off of those windows so you can get back to doing the activities you enjoy!