Window Washing 101 – Hire a Professional?

So you look out your windows and what do you see?  Do you notice what is on the outside or are you stuck looking at finger prints, pet nose marks, and the general dirt and dust that builds up on the glass over time?

Do you look at all of the windows in the same light?  ha ha.  What I mean is do you handle low windows the same as high ones?  Are you an inside only washer or do you tackle the outside as well?  Are you left with streaks that no matter what you try you just can’t seem to remove?

If you are looking for great advice you are not going to find it as while I have tried many things, I am still not good at window washing.  I find it tedious and frustrating when the next time the sun shines in that I still have those streaks!

I have been told that you have to be prepared.  Gather cleaner, clean towels that have not been in softner agents.  I have been told old newsprint works good.  Paper towels are great too, but I have wasting another tree.  I have bought a squeegee, a step ladder, I try to have everything near, I have tried washing them when the sun is not shining on them warming the glass drying the streaks on.  Nothing seems to work for me.  Oh and always have a razor blade to scrape off any paint, bugs, bird ____.  Well you get the point.

I guess this has turned into a blog post of what not to do.  I am counting on each of you to share with me what really works.

I have the type of windows that tip in for easy cleaning.  That is supposed to make it easier.  Not so sure its easy but I would love to hear any tips that you successful window washers might have to share with me.  Why?  Because I love looking out and seeing the brilliant outdoor colors.

Help me please!

Kim Woehl is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty and she knows the importance of having clean windows when selling a home.  If you are ready to buy or sell, give her a call for very individualized attention!  651-214-1459

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4 thoughts on “Window Washing 101 – Hire a Professional?

  1. […] Once the decluttering is complete go at each room one at a time and address some of those larger tasks such as carpet cleaning and painting.  You don’t have to be an expert in all areas either.  You might find that hiring someone to do some of the service related tasks can save time and frustration in the long run.  Can I order those window cleaners now?  Check out a prior post on window cleaning at: https://midwestliving.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/window-washing-101-hire-a-professional/ […]

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  3. I use a solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar and two soft rags. All of the windows in my house fold inward to clean, and I love them. If I had to scale a ladder or stand on a porch roof, the outside of my windows would never get washed.

    • 1/2 vinegar 1/2 water. I will give this a try. Not sure I want to tackle those outside windows today. Its cold out. You have motivated me to give this a try. Thanks for the tip and the comment!

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