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by Opal Enterprises on May 23, 2014

Even windows that are deemed maintenance-free need some attention from time to time. If you have a window or two that's looking dull and drab, you may need window replacement or you may just need to get out some cleaning supplies! If you're looking for a way to brighten your home, here's an easy-to-follow guide to making sure your home's windows are bright, sparkling and streak-free.

Gathering Your Supplies

There are a few things you need to get started, but luckily they're all things that are commonly found in any household. These include coffee filters, a squeegee, some dry clothes, rubbing alcohol, ammonia cleaner, white vinegar, rubber gloves, and a couple of empty buckets.

Your buckets should be filled with hot water, however, take care to make sure it's not so hot that you burn yourself. Fill each bucket with a gallon or two of hot water and check the temperature to make sure you can safely put your hands in them. Add two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to one bucket and then a cup of ammonia and vinegar to the other one.

Washing Your Windows

You're now ready to start. Start at the top of your first window and dip a clean rag into your vinegar and ammonia solution. Wipe down the entire window, paying special attention to areas that are especially dirty. You may need to use a plastic tool for these dirty spots, but avoid using anything made out of metal because these can scratch up your windows. When the entire surface is clean, rinse the window with a clean rag dipped in the other solution and then use a squeegee to wipe down the water. Yet another cloth can be used to clean off the sills and the corners. This cloth may leave behind lint residue and this is where the coffee filter can come in handy. A coffee filter will clean up the lint, without leaving anything behind.

Safety Tips

It's important to take safety seriously during this project. Second story windows can mean that you need to use a ladder or scaffolding to safely reach them. Never stand on furniture in place of a ladder and take care to wear sturdy shoes, like tennis shoes, rather than flip flops or going barefoot. If you received specific care information for your windows from your window replacement company, follow those directions.

Why Call A Window Replacement Company?

Sometimes, a good cleaning isn't enough. If your problem is performance-related, you should contact a window replacement company for help. These companies will be able to tell you if you need replacements and whether vinyl, fiberglass or wood is the right material for your home. Look for a company that's well established in your local area and don't forget to ask your friends, family members, and neighbors for recommendations on contractors. These recommendations will help you make sure that you're working with a company with a great local reputation that can improve the look of your home.

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