Spring pollen and rain can make quite a mess of your windows, screens and doors. You can hire a professional window washer or take the time, save some hard earned cash and clean the window, screens and door glass yourself.
Quick window cleaning tips:
1. Fill a spray bottle with a solution of one part white vinegar and 10 parts water (1½ cups per gallon).
2. Spray the solution on the window glass and wipe clean with a fresh microfiber cloth, squeegee or balled-up newspapers.
3. If the glass is really dirty simply repeat the process. Make sure the final polish is always done with a clean cloth or dry papers to keep from spreading more dirt on the window.
4. It’s best to complete this on a cloudy day when the glass is less likely to streak.
Think window screens aren’t important? The air in your home must be continually exchanged with a fresh supply from the outside. A dirty screen doesn’t “breathe” as well as a clean one and there are several advantages to keeping screens clean. Dirty screens prevent light from making its way into your home and a gust of wind can blow dust from a screen straight into your home, aggravating allergies and increased cleaning time.
To clean window screens:
1. Fill a child’s swimming pool with water, or build a frame of 2x4s lined with plastic sheeting and fill with water.
2. Add biodegradable liquid dish soap to the water.
3. Soak the dirty screens in the soapy mixture for a few minutes.
4. Gently clean both sides of each screen using a soft brush or broom.
5. Rinse the screens with a hose and allow drying time before reinstalling the screen. Easy enough?
DIY window and screen cleaning cost $25. Hiring a professional window washer $250+
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