How to Clean Bow Windows

October 11, 2010

Step 1: Preparation to Clean Bow Windows

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You basically have two solution options when cleaning your bow windows: mild soap or vinegar.

  • To make a mild soap solution, add a little washing up liquid to half a bucket of warm water.
  • To make a vinegar solution, add a generous amount of clear vinegar to a bucket of warm water. Vinegar gives a real shine to the window, and prevents streaking.

Step 2: Apply Cleaning Solution to Bow Windows

The unique design of bow windows calls for a window washing tool with a handle. It helps you reach higher panes and allows for easier cleaning. Some professional opt to use a natural sponge. Synthetic sponges are too abrasive and not as absorbent. Soak the window washer in the solution and wipe over the bow windows from side to side and top to bottom, removing as much dirt as possible.

Step 3: Wipe Away the Solution

Switch to the window wiper blade to wipe down the window after washing. Use even, light pressure to wipe the wiper blade from one side of the window to the other. After each motion, wipe the blade with a cloth and repeat.

Step 4: Tips for the Interior

Protect the floor area from dripping solution by laying down old newspaper or drop cloths. As before, use the window washer to wash the windows with the washing liquid or vinegar mixture. When you're done, wipe the window with the plastic blade.

PRO TRICK: As you wiped down the outside window with the plastic blade, work from side to side. As you wipe the indoor window, work from top to bottom. Do this to know which side of the window streaks are on if they appear.

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