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post #1 of Old 06-09-2014, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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For streak free windows and an absolutely great shine, use the following recipe: 1/2 cup
ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and 1 bucket of warm water.
Use newspapers in place of paper towels to wash windows. Newspapers produce less lint and more shine.
To remove spots on window sills, wipe with alcohol.
When cleaning windows, use a cotton swab dampened with window cleaner to reach into the corners of the windows.
To clean Venetian blinds, soak them in your bathtub with 2 cups of white vinegar.
To make cleaning windowsills easy, coat them with wax; it protects the paint and dirt wipes off quickly.

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post #2 of Old 06-24-2014, 12:01 AM
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Start by washing your window with a sponge. Washing up liquid in warm soapy water will work well but remember - the fewer suds the better. Be careful when using strong window cleaning solutions that they do not damage surrounding paintwork.
Wipe off the excess water with a clean squeegee, starting at the top of the window and work your way down in a reverse-S pattern for maximum efficiency. Regularly wipe the squeegee blade clean with an old rag.
Remove any remaining water from the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois. Finally dry the windowsill beneath with a cloth.
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For streak free windows and an absolutely great shine, use the following recipe: 1/2 cup
ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and 1 bucket of warm water.
Use newspapers in place of paper towels to wash windows. Newspapers produce less lint and more shine.
To remove spots on window sills, wipe with alcohol.
When cleaning windows, use a cotton swab dampened with window cleaner to reach into the corners of the windows.
To clean Venetian blinds, soak them in your bathtub with 2 cups of white vinegar.
To make cleaning windowsills easy, coat them with wax; it protects the paint and dirt wipes off quickly.

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Hey, nice tips about window cleaning. Window cleaning is one of the toughest job while house cleaning, I hate the clock outside the windows. Thanks for sharing these tips.
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post #4 of Old 07-31-2014, 06:23 PM
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Start by washing your window with a sponge. Washing up liquid in warm soapy water will work well but remember - the fewer suds the better. Be careful when using strong window cleaning solutions that they do not damage surrounding paintwork.
Wipe off the excess water with a clean squeegee, starting at the top of the window and work your way down in a reverse-S pattern for maximum efficiency. Regularly wipe the squeegee blade clean with an old rag.
Remove any remaining water from the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois. Finally dry the windowsill beneath with a cloth.
Great info for newbies like me to window cleaning. Appreciate the info.
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Great tips, thank you very much for the useful information!
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For me home-made window cleaning solutions include club soda or a 50:50 vinegar and water solution which is particularly effective for really dirty windows.
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These are all great window cleaning tips! I must agree that using vinegar and cornstarch is a lot better than some commercial window cleaning solutions. I have one more similar tip to add - use a potato. It sounds weird, but I remember my mom using this ever since I was a child. Just cut the potato in half and rub the starch onto the window glass. It will trap all the grime and dirt, and it will provide a nice shiny look at the end. Then you can wash it off with a squeegee and some water. Just make sure to remove all the potato off the glass in the end, because it leaves white marks if you don't.

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Some essential tips you should know about cleaning a window:

> Never clean window in the extreme sunny part of the day, as the window would dry very soon
> Exterior windows should first be washed with water to do away with grease and dirt
> Wipe away with clean cloth. Change the water often to assure the cleaning is 100% perfect
> Squeezes cannot be used for stained glass windows. So, choose an alternative
> Micro fiber cloths are the best choice to wipe windows

One of the best DIY disinfectant you can use is ammonia + alcohol + dish washing detergent + water. Works really well to keep your windows clean and adorable
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Window Cleaning Tips

Gather all the cleaning supplies such as white vinegar, water, spray bottle or a large bowl, microfiber cloth/soft lint-free cloth/newspaper, and cotton swabs/soft toothbrush.
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I agree with the warm water, vinegar, and ammonia. What does adding cornstarch do? I've never used it, it might be helpful.
a few tips of my own:
1. Add alcohol during the winter to prevent freezing (or use windshield wiper fluid).
2. Microfiber cloths are good. But I'm a big advocate of Chamois (shammy's). Man, I tell you, nothing sucks up water better.
3. Clean your window screens when you clean windows...it just makes sense, so the dust from the screens doesn't keep clinging to the windows.
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Window cleaning is definitely a time and energy consuming task. In most of the houses and buildings, height of windows, makes it difficult for owners to do the cleaning properly.
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post #12 of Old 08-25-2015, 05:21 AM
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wash your window with a sponge.
Wash windows on a cloudy day.
Clean your windows at least twice a year.
For cleaning solution - add two tablespoons of vinegar to a small bucket of warm water.
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this absolutely works
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Thanks for sharing your cleaning experience!
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post #17 of Old 05-16-2019, 05:53 AM
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DIY Window cleaning solution

DIY Window cleaning solution:

Ingredients-
  • 1 part rubbing alcohol or water
  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 3 drops dishwashing liquid (see Tips below)
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Squeegee, microfiber cloth, or newspapers

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake gently to mix.

2. Fold a few sheets of newspaper together like a washcloth, or use a microfiber cloth.

3. Spray the glass then wipe.

4. When cleaning framed photos, spray the cloth rather than the glass.
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You can get rid of window stains using conventional methods of cleaning. Use water hose or vinegar+water solution for cleansing the stain.
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