Cleaning a Window is a Pane

January 05, 2010

Cleaning a divided lite window can be a time consuming process unless you use some of the pro tips that we've compiled for you.

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  • Use a squeegee. Paper towels and newspaper simply move the dirt around. Cut the squeegee to fit the pane of the glass. The metal portion of the squeegee should be cut about ¼ to ½ inch narrower than the pane of glass and the rubber portion of the squeegee.
  • Use a squirt of dishwashing soap in a bucket of warm water. The less suds the better. A sponge or soft-bristled brush can remove or loosen most of the dirt on multipane windows. Some window cleaning experts prefer natural sponges for the most effective cleaning as they are firmer.
  • Use your customized squeegee to clean each pane in a downward sweep. Make sure you wipe the squeegee after each stroke.
  • Use a rag to dry the mullions, the dividers of the panes, along with the windowsills which should be wiped down with a rag. Streaks and leftover moisture on the glass can be dried with a chamois.

For hard water stains that may have built up over time, use Zud or Barkeeper's Friend, which contain oxalic acid that eliminates the mineral build up. Fine steel wool can also be used for really stubborn spots.

Maintaining multi-pane windows is more labor intensive than the single paned windows. But for many homeowners, it's well worth it for the traditional look and added value it offers.

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