What is the Best Way to Clean Windows?
Ever wondered: What is the Best Way to Clean Windows? There are several different ways to clean Windows and Screens. I will instruct you in what I believe is the Best Way.
The best temperatures to complete this Project are between 70 and 80 degrees. Any colder, and it will become unpleasant to work on 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 obviously 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:
- Safety Glasses
- Water-Proof Gloves
- Extension Ladder or A-Frame Ladder as needed
- Stiff Bristled Brush
- Long-Handled and/or Short-Handled Soft Brush
- Long-Handled and/or Short-Handled Squeegee
- Several Clean Rags or Paper Towels
- Large Sponge
- (2) Pails or (2) 5-Gallon Buckets
- Garden Hose and Spray Nozzle
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Scroll down the list to find the correct item. You will find an explanation of that item, as well as, links under each item, which direct you to my Recommended Suppliers for you to check out their offerings.
Step 1 – Assess the Project
Choose an appropriate day and time based on weather conditions for this Project. Decide on the area where you will clean your Screens.
Step 2 – Create a Materials & Tools Needed Sheet
Step 3 – Calculate Project Cost
Step 4 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed
Step 5 – Inspect Your Delivery
After reviewing the information here, additional information to complete these first (5) Steps is found in the page: 5 Steps for Project Management. Simply click on that link and you will be directed there.
After completing those first (5) Steps, return to these Instructions and continue on to Step 6.
Step 6 – 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 stable object 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, connect your Garden Hose with Spray Nozzle to your Spicket, and have your Stiff Bristled Brush nearby.
Step 7 – 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, back into the same locations. Start with a corner room, choosing a starting Window within that room. Open all of your Windows in that room which contain Screens and remove them, beginning with your chosen starting Window and going in a clock-wise fashion around the room. You should set them below or near each Window as you remove them, keeping the face and top of the Screen consistent with your removal.
- 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 8 – 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. Remember to use a system that keeps them in the same order (if necessary, you could mark your starting screen on the top right corner of the face that faces you with a small dot from a Magic Marker).
- 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 stable object, keeping the them at an angle for faster drying. Make sure that you keep the top and face of each Screen consistent with your removal, for easier reinstallation.
Step 9 – Set up Your Window Cleaning Supplies
Now it is time to set up your Window Cleaning Supplies while your Screens are drying. In addition to the Supplies used for your Screen cleaning, you will need the following: Ladder, Assistant, Second Bucket or Pail, White Vinegar, Measuring Cup, Squeegees, and Clean Rags.
Tip: 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 adding 1/2 to 1 Cup of White Vinegar for each gallon of water used in your second Bucket or Pail and fill that Bucket 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 10 – 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.
- Put on your Safety Glasses and Waterproof Gloves.
- 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. Hose off the Window. Then, starting at the top, and working downward, scrub the Window with your Soft Bristled Brush or Sponge to loosen any heavy dirt and rinse the Window again.
- Then, climb back down the Ladder and rinse the Brush or Sponge thoroughly with water to remove any dirt. (You could also climb part way down, handing the Hose and Brush to your Assistant and let them rinse it.)
- Next, dip your rinsed Brush or Sponge into your Vinegar Solution, reclimb the Ladder, and thoroughly scrub the entire Window. Exchange the Brush or Sponge for your Garden Hose, and thoroughly rinse the Window, starting at the top working downward.
- 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 (if you are starting on the left side of the Window, tilt the right side of your squeegee a little higher than the left).
- 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 on the outside of your Home that have had their Screen removed.
Step 11 – 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.
- Going to the inside, take your Glass Cleaner and 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, 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.
- Once all of the Windows that have had their Screens removed have been cleaned, you should replace all of your Screens, which should now be dry. Remember to replace them in the correct order.
Step 12 – Clean All Remaining Screens and Windows
Repeat the process on all remaining Screens and Windows on your Home in the same manner.
Step 13 – Rinse Your Buckets and Put All Tools & Materials Away
Rinse your Buckets, Pails, Brushes, Sponges, etc., and put all of your Tools & Materials Away. Stand back and admire your handiwork.
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