Best Way to Clean My Windows and Screens
There are several different ways to clean windows and screens. I will instruct you in what I believe is the Best Way to Clean My Windows and Screens.
The best temperatures to complete this project are between 70 and 80 degrees. Any colder, and it will become unpleasant to complete this project, and any warmer, the water used will dry too fast to complete the project efficiently. It is also better if you have an overcast day with some cloud cover. It will make it easier to see any streaking on your windows and will slow the water drying time. However, you should NOT try to accomplish this on a day where there is any rain expected.
Materials & Supplies Needed:
- Mr. Clean or similar Cleaner
- Glass Cleaner
- White Vinegar
Tools & Supplies Needed:
- Stiff Bristled Brush
- Long-Handled and/or Short-Handled Soft Brush
- Long-Handled and/or Short-Handled Squeegee
- Clean Rags or Paper Towels
- Large Sponge
- (2) Pails or (2) 5-Gallon Buckets
- Garden Hose and Spray Nozzle
- Water-Proof Gloves
- Safety Glasses
The information to complete the first (4) Steps is found in the page: Steps Common to All Projects
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After completing these (4) Steps, simply click on your ‘back arrow’ (top left corner of the page) to return to these instructions and begin with Step 5.
Step 1 – Create a Materials & Supplies Needed Sheet
Step 2 – Calculate Project Cost
Step 3 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed
Step 4 – Inspect Your Delivery
Step 5 – Set up Your Screen Cleaning Area
Choose the cleaning location and set up all needed supplies.
Choose the location of where the screen cleaning will take place. This will be best on a patio or your driveway. You can do the cleaning on your lawn, but the area may get muddy over time. It is also best if you are working in an area where you can lean the screens against your home or other objects to allow for faster drying.
Set up your bucket or pail with warm water and Mr. Clean or comparable solution. A half cup to a full cup of cleaning solution per gallon of water is sufficient. Also set up your garden hose with spray nozzle attached, and have your stiff bristled brush on hand.
Step 6 – Remove Your Screens
Remove the necessary amount of screens to fill your cleaning area.
Most screens are removed from the inside of your home. Set up a systematic removal of your screens, so that you will be able to replace them efficiently and correctly. Start with a corner room, open all of your windows in that room which contain screens and remove the screens, going in a clock-wise fashion around the room.
Once they have been removed, shut and lock the windows, and bring the screens to your cleaning area, carefully keeping them in the same order for easier replacement. Remove as many screens in as many rooms at one time as will be comfortable for you to work, dependent on the size of your cleaning area.
Step 7 – Clean Your Screens
Put on your safety glasses (and waterproof gloves if you have sensitive skin which may be affected by the cleaning solution) and clean all of the removed Screens.
Hose off all of the removed screens using your garden hose and spray nozzle set at a forceful dispensing of the water. Hose off both sides of each screen, removing as much dirt as possible.
Then, take your stiff brush and cleaning solution, and scrub each screen on both sides, carefully getting into all of the corners. After you have finished scrubbing several, hose them off to clean off all of the loosened dirt and cleaning solution. You can pick each screen up and wave it up and down several times to remove most of the water. Then, lean the screen against your home or some other object, keeping the screen at an angle for faster drying. Make sure that you keep the top of each screen constant, as will as the side which faces inside of your rooms when reinstalled. Some screens may NOT be perfectly square, so this will make reinstallation a little easier.
Step 8 – Set up Your Window Cleaning Supplies
If you are using an extension ladder to climb up to the second story or higher, you should always have an assistant stabilizing the ladder. Your assistant should also be wearing safety glasses and waterproof gloves.
Begin by putting on your safety gear and assembling your tools near your 1st window.
Begin by adding 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar for each gallon of water to your second bucket or pail and fill with warm water. Put on your safety glasses and waterproof gloves. Bring the bucket, your long-handled and/or short handled squeegee, clean rags, garden hose with spray nozzle attached, and the appropriate ladder to the outside of your 1st window. You should clean your windows in the same order as the removal of the screens.
Step 9 – Clean the Outside of the Windows Where Screens Have Been Removed
Using the Tools & Supplies that you have gathered, begin cleaning the outside of your windows, cleaning all of those that have had the screens removed.
Beginning at the 1st window, climb your ladder (with your assistant stabilizing it), carrying with you, your garden hose with spray nozzle set on a gentle spray, and your soft bristled brush or sponge which has been dipped into your cleaning solution.
Hose off the window, starting at the top, and working from the top down, scrub the window with your soft bristled brush or sponge to remove all of the dirt. Exchange the brush for your garden hose, and thoroughly rinse the window, starting at the top working down.
Return the hose to your assistant or set it down, stuff a couple of clean rags into your back pockets, and bring your squeegee up the ladder. Begin by squeeging from top to bottom at one edge of the window. When you reach the bottom, wipe off the squeegee with your rag, and repeat the process in the next row, overlapping about an inch or two. Repeat the process until the entire window has been done.
Then, take your rag, and wipe off any remaining water streaks. When the 1st window has been completely cleaned on the outside, proceed to repeat the process for all remaining windows that have had their screen removed.
Step 10 – Clean the Inside of the Windows Where Screens Have Been Removed
Once the outside of your windows have been cleaned, return to the inside with your glass cleaner and clean rags or towels and clean the inside of all of the windows that have had their screens removed.
Take your glass cleaner, spray it on to the entire 1st window, being careful to apply only the sufficient amount needed to get the window clean. Do NOT over spray the cleaner. That is wasteful, and more time consuming to remove.
After the window has been sprayed, allow the cleaner to sit for about 30 to 60 seconds before wiping clean. This will allow the cleaner to penetrate the dirt, and will make cleaning easier. Then, starting at the bottom and working upward, wipe the majority of the cleaner and dirt from the window. Next, turn your rag to a clean, dry area, and go over the window from top to bottom, in the opposite direction, thoroughly wiping it clean. If it has NOT been completely cleaned, you can either repeat the process, or use the wet area on your rag to reclean small areas as needed, and again, wipe clean with the dry area of your rag.
You can then take the wet area of your rag, and wipe down all of the other areas of your window that are NOT glass, including the window molding. Rewipe with the dry area of your rag when finished. If there are any stubborn areas on the NON-glass surfaces that need additional attention, spray some cleaner on your rag (NOT on the area to be cleaned) and clean and wipe as needed, until you are completely satisfied. Take a moment to enjoy the view through your clean window. Then, repeat the process on the other windows which have had their screen removed.
Step 11 – Clean All Remaining Screens and Windows
Repeat the process on all remaining screens and windows on your home in the same manner.
Step 12 – Rinse Your Buckets and Put All Tools & Materials Away
Rinse your buckets or pails, and put all of your tools & materials away. Stand back and admire your handiwork.
Please take the time to leave a Comment, letting me know how your project went.