Two days ago I decided I was going to take a break from my Billy Gorilly music tasks and wash some windows. Why I am telling you this? Well I finally figured out how to wash windows the right way and I wanted to share my new found techniques. Work like a pro and be green at the same time. Never again will I use paper towels and expensive window cleaner or ammonia. I would always have streaks and spots never really getting the window clean. I hate washing windows but I do like to look out of nice clear glass. I often work facing a window and I want to be able to see what is going on outside. I actually kind of found it fun, well fun may not be the right word but I did find it satisfying when they were done. My large sliding glass doors only took about 60 seconds each and looked fabulous. I don’t suggest working in direct sun or in the heat but I did and they still came clean. I was amazed and happy.
Here are my new found techniques for washing windows. I went to my friendly/helpful neighborhood Ace hardware store to buy my tools.
1. Squeegee (You can buy a nice one for less than $20 bucks) spend the money. It makes all the difference
4. Dish soap-1 tsp. per 2 gallons warm water (I used dawn because that is what I had)
5. Old towel to wipe edges
6. Ladder or extension pole
First I put 1 tsp. of dish soap in my bucket (I didn’t have a fancy rectangle one and it worked fine). Then I filled it up with warm water. I started outside. Dip scrubber into water, squeeze excess out and then scrub window. Take your squeegee and wipe across or downward. Use your towel to wipe the blade when it starts dripping. Finish off the edges of the window with a clean towel. Sounds pretty simple and it is. When you do the inside I suggest putting a towel at the bottom of the window to catch the drips.
I found this website with great detailed instructions with many pictures you might find helpful. http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/17661/
I hope these tips helps you make the drudgery of home maintenece just a bit easier and more enjoyable. If I only help one person it will put a smile on my face :).