Cleaning Your Window Sills

Inside every home are certain places that we just sorta blow over and neglect cleaning, sometimes for years, such as your oven, the area behind a range, areas behind your washer and dryer, and not just the windows, but the actual window sills. If you get and look right this second, you’re sure to see a layer of dirt, spider webs, a dead fly or two that relentlessly banged up the window to escape to the outside only to fail and die a horrible death of starvation on the sill.

On this post, we are going to go thru some steps and show you how you can clean your window sills in no time at all. Here is a tip right off the bat though, this works best when you decide to clean your entire windows. This means cleaning the outside glass, the inside glass, and thoroughly washing the screens. So without further ado, here is how to clean your window sills and leave em spotless!

First Off, Vaccum The Sills First With A Narrow Attachment

The first thing you’ll want to do to start to clean your window sills is to make sure you vacuum up as much as the loose dirt, bugs, and debris that is sitting on the sills. Loosen it up a bit with a small brush, like a toothbrush, and suck away! It. don’t gotta be perfect. You just gotta get the large stuff first. Do it to all of your window sills.

Use Baking Soda And White Vinegar As Your Cleaning Solution. 

Next, sprinkle some Arm & Hammer baking soda into the sills. Don’t be shy or cheap with the stuff! You can get a box for only a couple bucks so be liberal with it. Next, use your white vinegar to slowly pour a small amount all over the laid out baking soda. This will create a bubbly reaction that will break up all the caked on dirt. It will be like science class again and them cool volcanoes you made and erupted in a presentation to get you solid A+ and some well-deserved praise from your parents and teachers, except this time you’ll be getting praise from your spouse this time. Let the solution sit for a while and let it work its magic. Scrubbing is for suckers!

Next Use A Wet Dry Vac And Suck Up All The Juice On The Sill.

We all got a wet dry vac in the garage, don’t we? You don’t! Well then skip this step and go to the next one. If you got a cool wet dry vac, bring it in the house and start to vacuum up all the juice or that volcano solution right out of the sills with a narrow attachment. Finish it off with a roll of paper towels and leave those sills looking amazing! You’ll have window sills looking so clean that it will look like you got new windows installed! Your neighbors will be so jealous!

The Final Step To How To Clean Your Window Sills.

Don’t get a wet dry vac? No prob! You can simply use some old rags or rolls of paper towels absorb all of the juice you left behind with your white vinegar and baking soda solution. Simply, absorb as much as you can with a first few dabs of the towels and then finish it off like you normally would.

Wala!

You got yourself some awesome looking window sills. That’s all there is to it. Next time you need to clean your window sills, all you’ll need to remind you is when you go out to get a brand new box of Arm and Hammer baking soda to replace the old one from your stinky fridge.

 

How To Clean Window Screens In A Flash

One of the biggest parts of keeping your windows clean is to properly and regularly wash the screens that go in front of them. What would be the point of taking all your dirty clothes off, jumping in the shower, cleaning yourself up nice and good, drying your hair and body and then jumping right back into your dirty clothes? Would you ever do that? I think not.

So why do so many people go out and cleaned their windows up and put the dirty screens right back on? Those screens collect dirt, pollen, dead bugs, spider webs, and all kinds of other things that with a little wind and little bumping of the screen will go right back onto your window. So on this post here, we’re going to describe to you a quick and effective way to clean all the windows screens in your home.

One of the first things that we recommend is that you take a small Sharpie and as you take the screens off of each window make a little mark on the screen and the window sill to help you remember where it goes. If you don’t do this, you’re going to end up with 10 to 15 screens and not remembering where they all go back on.

Once you got all your screens play some all in your driveway. In a small bucket, fill it with about half a gallon of water and scored in a little bit of dish soap. If you got some ammonia line around you can add a little bit of that too. If you don’t, it’s not a big deal you can skip it. Use the window cleaning brush that you use to clean your windows and scrub them and dunk it into the soapy water. Pick up one screen at a time and gently scrub both sides of the screen. You don’t want to push too hard because you’ll end up popping the screen off of the frame of the screen. Make sure you scrub all alongside the frame of the screen too. Once you’re done scrubbing use a water hose and spray off the excess soap. With a dry towel, dry off any excess water and leave them out in the driveway for about 10 to 15 minutes to air-dry the rest.

Leaving them out in the driveway to air-dry will give you all the time that you need to go ahead and go around and clean all your windows. Once you are done scrubbing and squeegee off your windows, all of your screens should be nice and dry. Then all you have to do it’s a go around and look for the little markings that you made on each window sill that matches each screen. Pop the screens right back on and there you will have it. Sparkling clean windows and beautifully clean screens that match them.

It’s really is a very simple upkeep and you should do this at least once a year. If you live in a rural place, then obviously you’re going to need to follow this procedure way more time than that.

How Do Windows Get Dirty In The First Place

You might be wondering as you’re sitting there looking at your windows in your house how and why windows get dirty in the first place. What’s astonishing is realizing just how many people don’t ever clean their windows in their homes. They clean just about every other section and part of their homes but often neglect washing and cleaning their windows.

The reason windows get dirty in the first place is many. First off is the inside. Just like just about anything inside your home, the thing that stays idle tends to start to collect dust and dirt. It’s always gross to say that most of the dust in a home is dead skin that’s come from the bodies of the people living in the home. Yes, we know. It’s horrible but just a natural fact. So, we take the time to dust and clean our house but not our windows. Windows will get dirty just from natural dust being collected on them. Pretty much that simple. Another reason windows get dirty is that of all the air being vented throughout the home with the heater and AC unit. It spreads around all that dust, pollen, and debris around.

Believe it or not, but cooking also plays a huge factor in windows getting dirty in the first place. Cooking shoots off grease and smoke into your kitchen and a lot of that is not really collected and sucked out with the ventilation systems over the cooking ranges. So where does that end up? All over the house and especially your windows. This will create a tiny and thin film that can cause more dirt and dust to collect on the windows.

Of course, the obvious things do get windows dirty all the time. Kids and pets are notorious for getting windows dirty. Hey, they can help it of course! Kids always have dirty hands and are always touching just about everything in their paths. They leave little hand prints behind and even peanut butter and sticky candy behind. Hey, we’ll be honest here. Even adults are great at leaving smudge marks on windows with all the opening and closing that we do to them.

Now we move to the outside of the windows. This is where dirty quickly. Every town is different and the elements can play a huge factor. If you live near dirt roads, dust will always be a problem. It will always get your windows dirty and throughout your window sills. Live in town? Dust still will always be a problem eventually. You also got to deal with different weather and different environments. Pollen leaves falling, different types of things being around the house will always play a factor.

Think rain helps windows stay clean? No sir! Rain, even though it is super clean water will cause your windows to get dirty. One way is that it will start to break away all the dust off the screens on your windows and slowly splatter and spray it the dirt up onto the windows. If you leave near dusty roads, the rain hitting the dirt at first fall will also kick up dirt and will stick to the glass on your windows. No matter what you do, windows, like anything else in life will get dirty. That’s just the way it is. That it is important to upkeep and keep them clean regularly. Keep those screens cleaned too to prevent anything being built up on them too. Simply upkeep your windows cleanliness and every time you wash them will be easy to do.

How To Clean Your Windows Like A Pro

When it comes to washing windows in a home they are often neglected for the longest.s of time. We tend to mow our lawns, vacuum and clean our carpets from time to time, and pretty much keep our whole house nice and tidy every so often. But one of the major things most people neglect in their home is their windows.

So right now I’m going to break down in nice simple steps how you can clean your windows like a pro and do it every 6 months or so. So let’s go ahead and get cracking.

The very first thing you’re going to want to do who’s to head out to any of your local home improvement stores like a Home Depot or a Lowe’s and buy the needed equipment you need just start cleaning your windows. The cool thing here is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money. You can probably get all the supplies that you need for around $30. The first thing you’re going to need is a plain simple little bucket if you don’t have one already. Next, you’re going to need a window scrubbing brush what usually run around $10 or less. Then you’re also going to need about a 10-inch window cleaning squeegee. Then you’re going to need two types of towels. It regular lint-free towel and a microfiber towel.

Once you have all your supplies it’s time to start washing your windows. Here’s the cool thing about windows. You really don’t need any crazy type of cleaning solutions or chemicals. All you need is plain old water and dishwashing soap. That’s it.

So what you need to do is to start by putting water in the bucket and putting enough dishwashing soap to build up a little bit of suds. What you got your water ready you need to get started with your first window. Before you wash anything, take an old rag and start to wipe down all of the window frames. This way you don’t get any of the dirt off of the frames on to the window.

Dunk your window washing brush and scrubber into the soap solution and start to scrub your windows thoroughly. This usually doesn’t take much scrubbing to get a window nice and clean but if you got a lot of buildup from your windows not being cleaned for such a long, you may need to scrub a little harder. Once you’re done scrubbing it’s time to come in with the most important tool for window cleaning; the window cleaning squeegee.

Go to the top of the window with your lint-free towel and wipe away about half an inch from the top corner to corner. This allows for a little space for your squeegee to get started to wipe down your window. Now take your squeegee to the top of the window in squeegee down the water with a nice firm hold. What she get the squeegee to the bottom of the window frame, wipe it down with your lint-free towel and also wipe the squeegee. Continue with this starting from your left to right or your right to left whichever you prefer. Once you are done, use your microfiber towel to wipe down all of the edges. The microfiber towel works great so it does not leave any lint behind and also helps prevent any water spots.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. The only thing is that this could take a little while and should be done on a fairly cool day. You don’t want to be doing this when it’s 90 degrees or above or even 80 degrees. For one, you don’t want to be out there sweating your butt off cleaning windows on a hot sunny day. Another thing is that if it’s hot, some of the soap might dry off before you get around to wiping it down with the squeegee.

One of the things that we did not cover here is cleaning your screens. That’s a whole nother subject and we will get to a later post. Until next time, let’s keep those windows crystal clear.

Should I Get a Professional Window Cleaner?

One of the functions of windows is to allow you, as the homeowner to look outside. Ever been in a home where you couldn’t tell the difference between windows and the walls? Or is one of your windows almost looking like a wall? Every person wants to wake up every morning and be able to look through their window and see a crystal clear and beautiful summer day. However, we both know that this cannot be possible when our windows are not well-cleaned.

Let’s talk something about DIY window washing. The first thing to consider before getting onto that ladder to clean your windows is safety. Do you have the right tools and equipment? Do you have the time? Can you ensure quality and efficiency when cleaning your windows? These are important questions to reflect on before you even approach your windows. Hiring a professional will not only make your home brighter but also improve its appearance and give you the pleasure of seeing through the windows. Here’s why you need to consider working with a professional window cleaning service.

Save time and Spot General Problems

We already indicated that you need to ask yourself if you have the time to clean your windows. Note that this is a task that requires a lot of time. You need at least five hours to thoroughly clean your windows. Getting a professional will ensure your windows are clean as you focus on other things that matter.

It’s also important to indicate that a professional window cleaner has the right tools and equipment and can identify general problems on your windows. Common window problems include ill-fitting window screens, damaged windows, cracked windows, non-functional windows, wood rot on your windowsills, and sashes that could be painted shut. When these problems are spotted early, they can be fixed on time thereby saving you a big expense later. Who knows, it can also save your life.

Extending the Life of your Windows

Over the years, as you continue using your windows, the aluminum screens left in place start aging and leave a pattern of deposits on the window glass. The deposits usually resemble the lime deposits you get to see in your shower at times. Once your window glass becomes etched, it not only looks unattractive but also become more vulnerable to cracking and chipping. Getting a professional to come clean and wash your windows can help in restoring the glass using the right treatment thereby extending the life of your windows.

Getting Rid of Insect Infestations

We often come across homes where insects such as hornets and bees have built their nests behind window shutters. Homes that have three-piece storm windows can also be home for pests such as wasps. You may also see some ladybugs in window channels. All these insects can make it difficult to operate your window. It even becomes harder to clean the windows yourself. However, hiring a professional window cleaner can help to ensure your home is free from all, these pests.

Identifying the Cause of Spots on your Windows

At times, you get confused about the state or rather condition of your windows especially when you often see spots and yet you cannot tell where they are coming from. In most cases, the problem could be as a result of your mulch. The mulch could be having a fungus that’s releasing black spores that end up gluing themselves to your window glass and vinyl siding. These spots can usually are hard to clean and remove completely. Working with a window cleaning service will not only help you identify the cause of the problem but also provide you with a long lasting solution to it.