With spring comes a plethora of outdoor chores — some easier than others. For most homeowners, cleaning outdoor windows can easily fall to the bottom of their “to do” list.
Outdoor windows (especially those in large urban centres) can attract the grimiest dirt from being exposed to the elements (and pollution) year round. That said, nothing beats having gleaming windows to show off your home’s appeal and help you enjoy the view of your garden from inside.
Here’s a sure-fire method to clean even the dirtiest of outdoor windows:
- Your first step is to get the right equipment. You’ll need a razor blade, bucket, squeegee (with extendable handle for hard to reach windows), dishwashing soap, vinegar, bottle with sprayer (optional) and any lint-free cloth or paper (such as newsprint).
- Start by scraping any paint or glue stains from your window by using a razor blade. Make sure you only scrape in one direction to avoid scratching the surface.
- Fill your bucket with warm water and add a few drops of dishwashing soap. Using the sponge side of your squeegee, clean your windows in an upward and downward motion. Next, wipe the wiper side with a dry cloth and pull it across the top of your window horizontally. Wipe the squeegee dry again and proceed to wipe downward to the bottom of the window by keeping even pressure and wiping the squeegee with a dry cloth after each pass.
- If your window still needs cleaning, mix one cup of white vinegar per four cups of warm water. Spray the mixture onto the window and wipe until dry using a lint-free cloth or paper. Alternatively, you can dip your cloth into a bucket of the water/vinegar mixture.
- The best way to get spotless windows is to make sure you wipe them until they are absolutely dry.