Spring has officially sprung, and what better way to welcome the season than by deep cleaning your windows? This can be a hefty project if you’re not well prepared, but follow our easy, step-by-step guide and you’ll have spot-free, sparkling windows to let the sun shine through all year long.
Supplies: Masking tape and black permanent marker; All-purpose cleaner; Hose; Cotton cloths; Plastic whisk broom; Apron with pockets; Plastic putty knife; Squeegee; Ladder pail, filled with a few drops of dish soap and a half gallon of warm water; Ladder; Old sheet; Glass and surface protectant solution
Step 1: Remove all screens, labeling each with masking tape and a black permanent marker to indicate where it belongs.
Step 2: Lay screens on the driveway, spray with all-purpose cleaner and then with the hose. Use a dry cotton cloth to wipe away any dirt. Flip the screens and repeat, then let air-dry.
Step 3: Use a whisk broom to sweep window exteriors and frames.
Step 4: Put on your apron and stuff the pockets with a few cloths, a putty knife, and a squeegee. Attach the pail (filled with your cleaning solution) to the ladder. Start with the high windows.
Step 5: Dip a cloth into the pail, wring it out, and wash one window in a circular motion, working from the outside corners in. Use the putty knife to scrape off any stubborn dirt.
Step 6: Squeegee the window, starting in a top corner and working down and across in a continuous S motion. Wipe any drips from the windowsill with a fresh cloth. Follow these steps for all windows.
Step 7: Once all the exterior windows are clean, remove the pail from the ladder and head inside. Lay an old sheet on the floor beneath the windows to catch any drips. Clean each window with your cloth and squeegee, as in steps 5 and 6.
Step 8: Replace the screens.
Step 9: Following the label directions, apply the surface protector to the exterior and interior surfaces. This helps prevent dirt and residue from sticking to the outside, while making it easier to remove smudges from the inside with just a dry cloth.
For best results, choose a wind-free overcast day, as gusts of wind will make the process messier and sunlight can leave streaks.