Now that the weather’s warming up, we know many of you are doing a little spring cleaning. Did you remember to include your windows and screens on your spring cleaning to-do list?
The wind, rain, snow, and ice that come with winter don’t just make your windows dirty – the grimy film those elements leave behind on your windows can actually prevent light from passing through, which can make rooms seem darker. What didn’t reach the window will most likely cover your screens, leaving them in a dusty mess as well. Cleaning your windows and screens is a must if you don’t want dust and dirt to pollute the air inside of your home.
- Clean your windows on a cloudy day, as sunlight will cause the windows to dry too quickly, resulting in streaks.
- A special window or glass cleaner isn’t required, you can use a mild dish detergent mixed with warm water and it will effectively cut through grease and grime. Put the solution in a spray bottle and you’re ready to clean the inside and outside of your windows.
- Use a squeegee or crumpled-up black-and-white newspaper to wipe the solution off of the glass. You’ll have less of a chance of streaks appearing on your windows by using either of these, just be sure to clean the squeegee between strokes.
- If you have mildew on your window frames, wash them with a solution of two-ounces of household bleach and one-ounce of laundry detergent mixed in a quart of water. Sponge it on, let it sit for 10 minutes, and rise with clean water.
- To clean your screens, you can use a vacuum to remove any dirt or dust embedded into the screen. It is also a good idea to take them outside and scrub both sides of the screen with a soft-bristled brush and a solution of warm water and dish detergent, and to rinse them clean with the water hose and let them air dry prior to reinstalling them.
Once your windows and screens are clean, you’ll be ready to enjoy all of those spring breezes you’ve been thinking about all winter!