Over time, your window sills and tracks become home to a host of things: pollen, dirt, leaves, bugs, and more. If left unchecked, this buildup can make it difficult to open your windows and potentially damage the tracks. It is important to take the time to give your windows a thorough cleaning at least once a year. Here is what to do.
Start by taking a vacuum hose along your window tracks and vacuum out any large items such as bugs and other debris. At that point in time, try to loosen any dirt with a rag before you add water, and then vacuum again (if you skip this step, you will just end up with a muddy mess). Then spray down the tracks with your cleaning agent of choice (be it Clorox or water mixed with vinegar) and wipe down the tracks with a thin object such as a toothbrush (an electric toothbrush works quite well) or a Q-tip.
Blinds or Shades
If you have wooden or vinyl blinds, gently wipe them down with a damp cloth to clean them. If you have fabric shades, take a vacuum hose and vacuum them, paying special attention to the folds in the fabric. Some shades can be placed in the washer on a gentle cycle, just check the tag. If you have curtains, throw those in the washer to clean them and get rid of any dust (if you can — if not, gently hand wash them).
Wipe down the window sills with a damp cloth, paying close attention to the corners. Again, a thin object such as a toothbrush works well to remove built up dust and debris. If your window sills are wood, wipe them dry so that they do not become ruined.
Wash the Glass Inside and Out
The best way to wash your window panes is to use the squeegee method. Fill a bucket with warm soapy water and dip a rag in the mixture. Wipe down the window with said rag. Take the squeegee and squeegee the water off, drying it with another rag after each downward swipe. At the end, wipe up your window sills to remove any accumulated water. Don’t forget to wash the outside of your windows too. If you can reach them, do the same squeegee method as you did on the inside of your windows. If you cannot reach your windows on the outside, powerwash them to remove any dirt or debris.
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