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It Springtime! You know what that means

Updated on April 12, 2010

Spring Cleaning Time!

Time to get those windows cleaned!
Time to get those windows cleaned!

Want to know how to clean your windows like a pro?

 Its time again to clear away the grime and crud that the winter brought us. Our homes have some spectacular views, and on a beautiful sunny day, to sit in our livingrooms and look out those patio doors to see our backyards and the trees thru those dirty windows is alittle annoying isn't it?

  The problem is, who has time to go and start cleaning windows? So most times we still sit there wondering when we are gonna do it don't we?

  Would you like to learn how to clean windows fast and easy like a pro? Glad you asked. Because I am about to tell you how to do it. Of course, if you live in San Diego, you can always call a professional window cleaning company to do it for you. But if you would like to save some money, listen up...

  Tools you will need: Get to home depot, and buy yourself an 18 inch or a 12 inch squeegee, and a T bar scrubber, they should be right next to the squeegees. If you have a ladder in your garage, you will need that too if you have a 2 story house.

  Once you get home, grab a 5 gallon bucket and fill it half way with water, squirt about a second and a half of dishsoap in that bucket. Mix it around with your hand. You should start on the inside windows first...but you will need some rags. Cloth diapers work. Even a bath towel will work for you.

  First, open each window as you work, and take out the screens so you wont have to do it once you get outside. Take your scrubber and dip it into the bucket, and wring it out slightly with your hand so it does not drip all over your floor, and scrub your window. Then take your squeegee, and do a straight pull from either the top to the bottom or from side to side until you get to the bottom. Then take your towel and wipe down all the edges of the window, and any lines left by your squeegee in the field of the glass.

  Thats pretty much it. Once you are done on the inside, go get your ladder, and start on the top floor first so no drips get on your clean windows on the first floor. Take you ladder and if it does not have padding on the top, take a towel, and wrap the top of your ladder that will be touching the wall so you dont damage the siding or stucco. Rest your ladder directly underneath your window that you plan to clean, and make sure that you are on level ground and the ladder is at the right angle. By putting your toes of each shoe up against each side of the ladder, you should be able to extend your arms fully and be able to touch the wrung in front of you. That is the perfect angle.

  Climb up and take your screen all the way out if you have not already, and clean the window just like you did on the inside. When you are done, climb back down and now you will clean the screen. Take your scrubber and dip it in the bucket with plenty of water, and scrub your screen on both sides not forgetting the frame...gently tap it against the ground to knock out the water, and dry it with a clean towel. Replace the screen, and now you have a perfectly clean window.

  In a nutshell, thats how you do it. For a 2000 square foot house, you should be done in about 2 to 3 hours. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment, and I can walk you thru it.

  Enjoy your spring...and have a wonderful day!


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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the good advice. I am not good at cleaning windows. I'm going to try your method since it seems easy. Maybe my windows will actually look clean afterward. :)


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