No one should have to risk their life for clean windows. We live in an age where this should be the least of our worries. These helpful tips will show you how you can clean your windows without having to find out if your insurance will cover the fall.
A squeegee with an extendable arm can be a lifesaver for those hard to reach windows. Both interior windows and exterior windows can be easily reached with a little help and some elbow grease. Make sure the arm you choose is strong enough to withhold a bit of pressure so you don’t have to press as hard to get the dirt and grime off your windows.
If you’re going to use a squeegee, remember to always clean from top to bottom. Starting from the bottom will leave you with streaky windows by the time you get to the top. For a cleaning solution, a bucket of some window cleaner and water will do the trick. Just make sure you dry right away.
Sliding Apartment Windows
Windows that slide horizontally can be almost impossible to clean. You slide it to one side and reach out, but how are you supposed to clean the other window? The easiest way to accomplish this is to pull the window out of the frame, clean it and then replace it.
Here’s how to do it:
- Check for any screws on the top track and security devices that prevent removal (and maybe read your lease before you attempt this).
- You may have a small, black rubber piece on the top of the track. This also needs to be removed.
- Ensure the window is unlocked
- Slide the window open almost all the way and put your hands on the panel
- Push the panel into the top track, lifting it out of the bottom track and pull it towards you
- Clean your window and do this process in reverse to put it back
For a video demonstration on how to clean sliding windows, watch this video.
A broom with some paper towel around it works wonders for those hard to reach window spaces that need a streak-free shine.
For those who need a quick fix for dirty exterior windows, one can always use the reliable thumb over the hose and give them a spray down. This may cause water marks on the windows, so it isn’t a permanent solution. And certainly not preferable for your interior windows.
Washing windows doesn’t have to be a chore – well, it doesn’t have to be an eye-rolling, huffing and puffing chore. These few easy tips should help you get your windows clean safely.