How to Clean Picture Windows
October 11, 2010
Homeowners who wouldn't dream of living without a vacuum cleaner, mop, and broom often don't have good window-cleaning equipment. It's no wonder it's considered such a dreaded chore. Visit a janitorial supply store and get an 18" or 24" squeegee for picture windows, smaller ones for small windows. Buy a telescoping handle, if needed. Get a big natural sponge, the very finest steel wool, a single-edge razor holder, and three lint-free towels. Now you're ready to clean picture windows.
Keep a Dry Edge for Streak-free Picture Windows
- Brush or sweep all window frames.
- Squirt a very small amount of liquid dish detergent into a 2-gallon bucket.
- With dampened towel #1, wipe all window frames clean.
- Dunk the sponge, and wet only as much window as will stay wet while you squeegee.
- With dry towel (#2) quickly dry about 2" across the top and one side of the wet area.
- Keeping one edge of the squeegee dry is key to avoiding streaks. Start at the top dry corner and use either a horizontal S-motion or parallel downward strokes, always keeping a squeegee edge in the area you just squeegeed dry.
- Dry the bottom sill with dry cloth #3.
- Repeat the process for an area adjacent to the one just cleaned. Keep one squeegee edge on dry, clean glass.
- Use dry steel wool for bug spots, and a single-edge razor on wet glass for paint or tape.
Practice to determine if the S-motion or parallel strokes work best for you. Parallel strokes make it easy to keep one squeegee edge dry, but an S-motion is faster. Voila--you've got invisible picture windows!