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Posted on Nov 20, 2019 by Sam Heer

3 Window Cleaning Tricks from a Window Replacement Pro

When you clean your casement or double-hung windows, you not only make them look good, but you also ensure their long-lasting performance. This chore, however, can be taxing for some. Removing streaks from the interior and exterior glass can be tricky, especially when using conventional cleaning products.

To help you achieve great-looking windows, you might want to consider the following window cleaning tricks you might not be aware of:

1. Make Your Soap

Skip commercial cleaners and make your cleaning solution. A mixture of dish soap and water can cut through grime on dirty windows, especially in your kitchen, without leaving any residue. Vinegar is also a household item you can use to clean your windows. Combine 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% tap water in a spray bottle. You may have to wash the grimy glass with your dish soap mixture before using the vinegar spray.

2. Work on a Cloudy Day

Streaks appear on your bay window glass if you clean on a sunny day. Direct sunlight can cause commercial cleaners to dry and evaporate before they can be properly washed off. The reduced glare of a cloudy day makes it easier for you to identify those stubborn streaks.

3. Clean the Frames First

Before you clean the glass, make sure that you tackle the tracks and frame first. Grime can hide in these parts, and when mixed with your chosen cleaning solution, it may form a sludge that can drip onto the glass. Use a toothbrush and some baking soda and vinegar, scrub the inside of the tracks and the frame. Wipe the residue using a wet rag.

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