Spring Cleaning: Make Your Windows Shine With Natural Products
Don't forget the outside of your house when it comes time to do spring-cleaning. Over the fall and winter, dirt and debris can build up on your windows and window screen, and even inside of your windowsill.
The first thing you need to do is gather up all of your supplies. You are going to need to clean the windowsill, the windows and the screens. The best way to tackle this large job is by completely cleaning all parts of one window before you move on to the next. You'll need the following supplies to thoroughly clean each of your windows.
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Crevice Attachment
- Hot Water
- Dish Soap
- Window Cleaning Solution
- Microfiber Cloth
You can easily mix up a homemade window cleaning solution with some vinegar and essential oils. Just add three tablespoons of white vinegar, about 15 drops of your favorite essential oil, and some water to an empty spray bottle.
Remove The Screen
The first thing you need to do is remove the window screen. It should pop out relatively easily if you squeeze the sides of the screen. Set the screen aside somewhere safe so you can clean it later.
Vacuum Out The Windowsill
Then, take your vacuum cleaner and attach the crevice attachment. Use your vacuum cleaner to clean up all the loose dirt in your windowsill. You should also use your vacuum to clean the sides of the window frame as well.
Clean The Tracks & Frame
After you have removed all the loose dirt with your vacuum cleaner, fill the bucket up with warm soap water. Then use a sponge on the window tracks. The window tracks are the area on the bottom of the window where the windowpane rests when it is closed.
To get into the little corners and tight spots where dirt likes to accumulate, use the q-tips. They are great for getting those tricky places clean.
Once you have cleaned the window tracks, be sure to go back and wipe down the window frame, inside and out, as well.
Wash The Windows
Now that you have cleaned the windowsill, window track and window frame, it is time to move onto the window itself.
It is best to wash your windows when the sun is not beating down on them. Spray some of your homemade natural window cleaner on your windows, and then use your squeegee to scrub the window clean. Finally, use your microfiber cloth to dry off your window. Your microfiber cloth will not leave behind any lint on your window.
Wash Your Window Screens
Finally, wash your window screen. You can use a pressure washer to spray off your window screens. Or, you can just use your garden hose. If you use your garden hose, you may need to use your sponge to scrub off any remaining dirt. Allow the screen to dry out in the sun before you put it back.
Repeat this process for all of your windows. If you want to save a little time, take out all of your screens and wash them before you clean your windows. That way, the screens can dry as you clean each window.
For more ways to improve the appearance of your windows, contact Cover Up Designs or a similar company.