Why You Should Clean Your Windows This Fall & How to Do It

Why You Should Clean Your Windows This FallDim winter days are approaching. Threadbare sunlight, gusts of chilly air, crisp snowflakes forming downy drifts, wooly scarves and mittens, big padded coats…

Are you ready?

Well, maybe we’ll leave that question unanswered and let you enjoy what’s left of fall, first – mentally anyway. There are still some preparations to get in order: a stash of firewood and one of hot cocoa, the subtle switch as your shorts and tanks are stashed away to be replaced by fluffy sweaters and pants. A few more carpets by the doors to prevent leaves and snow from trekking through your home.

You know what else could use a little prep? Your windows. Yeah, that’s right. They’re all smudged up with fingerprints and dog nose art from children and pets enjoying the view. Not to mention the watermarks left by those warm summer showers. And when light gets as low and little as it does in winter, you want as much sunlight to stream through as possible. And you certainly don’t want to clean them once the weather really starts turning and you can’t open the windows.

Skip Vinegar and Newspaper

Did you know that what made that trick work flawlessly in the past was the carbon black, also called lamp black, used in newspaper ink? Now ink is made with latex, which doesn’t do much leave with a soggy newspaper and streaked windows.

What You Should Grab Instead

  • A bucket
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • A squeegee with a sponge attachment (like they have at the gas station) or a squeegee and a sponge
  • A microfiber cloth

How to Clean

Put a few drops of dish soap in your bucket and fill it about halfway with warm water.

Wet the sponge in the soapy water (it shouldn’t be dripping) and wipe the glass in a square S-shape. This means start in the top right-hand corner and wipe left, drag the rag down and across to the right, then down and across to the left. This will ensure that you’re getting cleaning solution into the corners and edges of the window.

Then flip your tool to the squeegee side (or grab your squeegee) and go left to right starting at the top of the window. Starting at the top is crucial; if you squeegee at the bottom first, the dirty water is just going to run down from the unsqueegeed sections above it and ruin your work.

Once you’ve squeegeed away all the water, use your microfiber cloth to wipe the frames, corners, and windowsill.

If You’re Feeling Adventurous

If you’d also like to clean the outside of your windows, you can use this same procedure on the outside of the windows. Instead of an S-shape, make an N-shape so you can tell which side of the window any leftover streaks may be on (though you shouldn’t have any).

Bah Humbug!

If you want clean windows this winter but don’t want to spend the time doing it yourself, you can simply give 1st Class Cleaning a call. We’re a professional cleaning company that serves the greater New York City area and we’ll be happy to come give your windows a good scrubbing before winter sets in. This way you can enjoy a warm cup of cocoa sitting at your kitchen window and admire the snow-scape outside. Contact us today to get pricing on these and other winter-prep services!

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