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How to Clean Windows

A lot of windows throughout your home can mean a lot of natural light and stunning panoramic views. A lot of windows also means a lot of window washing to allow that light to shine in and keep those views looking their best.

Whether you're cleaning off layers of dirt built-up on the outside or streaks of fingerprints and dust on the inside, or both, cleaning tools like a squeegee and a little bit of Simple Green Professional Grade Glass Cleaner can simplify the process and leave your windows looking crystal clear and free of streaks. The non-toxic and ammonia-free formula is safer than other glass cleaners without requiring the additional effort and elbow grease that a less effective cleaner, like vinegar, would require.

Directions:

For best results, clean windows when they are cool.

Outside Windows

  1. Remove and clean the screens. Remove the screens and vacuum them to remove dust and dirt. Then, use a hose or a spray bottle to lightly spray each screen with water. Allow the screens to fully air dry before replacing them when you're done cleaning the windows.
  2. Wash away dirt and grime. Use a hose to rinse away the top layer of grime from the windows and panes. You can also use a pressure washer on a low setting. If you don't have access to a hose, use a pump-up sprayer or spray bottle of water to rinse off dust and grit.
  3. Mix your cleaning solution. Mix 1 part Simple Green Professional Grade Glass Cleaner with 3 parts water in a bucket or other open-head container.
  4. Clean the outsides of the windows. Dunk your squeegee with a wet cover (or a cloth attached with rubber bands) into your bucket. Smear the cleaner over the surface of the window. Be sure to work in manageable sections so that the solution does not dry on the surface.
  5. Squeegee Dry. Always dry from top to bottom. Remove the wet cover or cleaning cloth before drying. For small-paned windows, use the rubber blade on a squeegee to wipe the cleaner away vertically. For larger picture windows, use horizontal strokes. Wipe the blade dry with a lint-free cloth between each stroke, and make sure the blade is always in contact with the window to avoid missing spots.
  6. Wipe up excess. Wipe away any missed spots or streaks with an absorbent, lint-free cloth or a damp, wrung-dry chamois. Don't forget to also dry the windowsills with a rag.
  7. Buff to shine. Use a clean, dry microfiber, cloth or paper towel to finish.

Inside Windows

  1. Wash away dirt and grime. Use a lint-free cloth and water to wipe away dust and dirt.
  2. Mix your cleaning solution. Mix 1 part Simple Green Professional Grade Glass Cleaner with 3 parts water in a spray bottle or a pump-up sprayer.
  3. Clean the insides of the windows. Lay down a large towel before you clean to catch any spills or drips. Spray your Simple Green cleaning solution directly onto the window. Use a new, damp microfiber or lint-free cloth to spread the cleaner over the surface of the window. Be sure to work in manageable sections so that the solution does not dry on the surface.
  4. Wipe clean. Always wipe from top to bottom. Use a clean, damp microfiber or other lint-free cloth or towel to wipe away the cleaner.
  5. Wipe up excess. Wipe up any missed spots or streaks with an absorbent, lint-free cloth or a damp, wrung-out chamois. Don't forget to also dry the windowsills with a rag.
  6. Buff to shine. Use a clean, dry microfiber, cloth or paper towel to finish.
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