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Proper tools to window cleaning

Proper tools to window cleaning

Key advice given by Home Stagers is that fresh clean windows are a must. But it really doesn’t take a profession to tell you how sparkling windows give your home an overall fresh, clean and inviting feel that’s almost magical. Problem is, having clean windows is easier said than done.  If you’re avoiding tackling such an arduous task, don’t. Luckily, having the cleanest windows ever is less work than you may think.


Outdoor Shades, for sale at Blinds & Designs in Fletcher, NCOutside windows are exposed to some pretty gnarly elements like hard water runoff, minerals, not to mention bird droppings, that tends to seriously get caked on. You can start the cleaning process by rinsing away the top layer of grime from the windows and panes with a water hose or a lint-free cloth and water. Now you’re ready to move on to the normal cleaning process.


You may be faced with how to remove stubborn marks from your interior and exterior windows.  In that case, you can try these three suggested solutions:

  1. Dampen a sponge with mineral deposit cleaner, rub the stains, rinse the area with water, then proceed with regular cleaning.
  2. Spray the affected area with pure vinegar.  Let sit for at least five minutes. rub the stain with a sponge or cloth, then proceed with regular cleaning.
  3. Make a paste with water and a cleaner that contains oxalic acid (i.e. Bar Keepers Friend), with a clean cloth apply the paste to the stained area and give it a good rub. Rinse away the paste and then proceed with regular cleaning.


Solera® Soft Shades, for sale at Blinds & Designs in Fletcher, NCVinegar is a mild acid and is less likely to damage your glass windows. A vinegar solution works well on mild hard water spots or those that are newly formed. But for more difficult stains a formula polish (i.e. Rain-X Glass Polish, and a #00 or finer, synthetic steel wool or an old cotton cloth to polish it is recommended. If all else fails, consider hiring a professional who has superior skills and techniques. 


Hard water cleaning

tip: Try cleaning with distilled water rather than the hard water that caused the stains in the first places.

Hard water cleaning 

Hard water cleaning


Maybe you’ve already noticed that paper towels leave visibly linty streaks.   If that’s not the outcome you’re going for use a chamois, a microfiber cloth, a squeegee, or the best choice, newspaper. 

Hard water cleaning

Tip when using cloths:  Keep it dry, buff over the glass when you’re finished.

Tip when using newspaper: Wear gloves to avoid ink runoff.

Hard water cleaning

Cleaning any type of glass, from a large bay window to a coffee table, is all about the tools… And, it wouldn’t hurt to keep a vinegar spray bottle and newspaper handy.  Remember, the longer stains sit, the more difficult they are to remove.  Keeping dirt from accumulating on your windows on a regular basis will allow you to enjoy their beauty longer.



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