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You know that joke I don’t do windows? Well, that pretty much sums it for me. My windows are the most negleted part of my home.
Sad, I know.
I guess part of the reason I conveniently never have the time to do my windows is because they seem to get dirty so soon after I clean them. How exasperating! Also, I figure that my curtains and blinds cover up dirty windows, so who really notices them anyway. Right?
So the other day, I’m cleaning my bathroom mirror (which I found out I was doing the wrong way…more on that below), when I noticed what a huge difference it made in the overall look of the bathroom when I cleaned all the water spots from the mirror.
I mean, it was a HUGE difference!
Sort of like the difference a made up bed can make in a messy bedroom.
Just one thing that makes a BIG difference.
Guilt (and embarrassment) got the best of me because ’tis the season to have company over… I spent quite a bit of time decorating my house for Christmas, I’m not about to ruin it with dingy, dull, and dirty windows!
So I pulled out my spray, my lint free cloth and cleaned my windows. Except that when I was done, they were still dirty.
Here’s what I did wrong…
- I used a spray to clean. This particular time I used rubbing alcohol to clean, but the blue stuff or ammonia doesn’t work much better. All it really does is smear dirt around. In my case, using alcohol might even be ruining my windows!
- I’m wiping with a cloth. Though lint free, a cloth is still going to leave streaks. Newspaper is an even worse choice. All that ink will just be rubbing onto your windows.
- I only cleaned the inside. If I want my house to look bright, clean and cheery, I need to clean both the inside and the outside.
The DIY Way
Watch this very silly video on how to properly clean windows:
When to call a professional
Sure, it looks easy enough to do your own windows, but there are some times that it’s best to call the professionals:
- Your windows have decorative framing inside the window.
- There are stickers or other sticky residue and you’re afraid that you will scratch the window if you try to scrape it yourself with a blade.
- There is over-spray from paint or stucco stuck on the window.
- You don’t want to deal with plants, screens or other things that partially obstruct the window.
- You have windows on the second floor that you can’t reach.
- You don’t want to add yet another chore to do on this already busy season.
As for me, I’m getting a professional. Those windows are gonna shine like the top of the Chrysler building!