Have you tried a DIY window cleaning yourself before and were unsuccessful? Still end up with smudges, lines or smears? Can’t quite get to the inside of the tracks to get that pesky little bit of dirt? Well, with Precision Line Window Washing we have come up with 5 window cleaning recommendations for do it yourself home window cleaning in Mountain Home, Arkansas. We know you’ll find these tips useful next time you want to give it a go again yourself!
Step One: Gather Your DIY Window Cleaning Supplies
We will give you our supply recommendations and also provide substitute tools for window cleaning that you can use if the initial supplies are not available to you. However, the best results come from the tools we have tried and continue to use in our daily services with window cleaning in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
All together look to spend around $75.00 upwards to $125.00. We recommend going to a nearby hardware store in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Most of your big box stores with cleaning supplies and outdoor products will carry a variety of window cleaning tools.
What you’ll need for your DIY window cleaning: One 12 inch T-Bar with a washer sleeve attached, one 12 inch squeegee, one 6 inch squeegee, microfiber cloths, one small bag of old t-shirts, one paint can opener, one thin sized brush (Think of those pesky tracks and sills); it’s like an over-sized toothbrush. One Large Sized Brush (like a brush you’d use for a horse). Keep in mind the elevation you need to reach. You may also need to purchase an extension rod or ladder. However, this will dramatically increase up front costs so keep this in mind. Lastly, 2 gallons of distilled water, 1 gallon of vinegar some Dawn dish soap (concentrate or not) and a 1-5 gallon bucket. If you would like a holder for your squeegees you can access these tools usually online.
Step Two: Preparing the Supplies and Surface
Here we will begin the process of preparing to clean. You will want to first gather your 1-5 gallon bucket, distilled water, vinegar and Dawn dish soap. If using a 5 gallon bucket, (we like this size best for a standard size home) place both gallons of distilled water inside the bucket. Then place a quarter of the vinegar inside the bucket with the two gallons of distilled water. Now, to add in the Dawn dish soap you will lightly squeeze the Dawn dish soap into the bucket for at least 7-10 seconds. If you have a concentrated Dawn dish soap you will want to cut the time in half. Grab your 12 inch squeegee and twirl it around inside the bucket gently to help mix all of your additives together well. Now, you have a proper window cleaning solution for your dirty windows.
Now your ready to begin your DIY window cleaning by moving in front of your first window to be cleaned. Before you begin to clean if there is a screen present, remove it. Even if the screen is not on the side to be cleaned let’s go ahead and remove this now. Each screen has its own location for springs. If you can not locate pull taps, lightly press on the furthest side from the middle on each end. Start with the left side of the screen. Then the top, the right and lastly bottom. You are looking for the screen to give a “bounce” like feel. Once you locate this, you have successfully located the screens springs. Placing both hands on the furthest two sides of the screen press in. The opposite side will give and you can place your paint can opener in the opening. Use the paint can opener to help pry it out of the sill. Take caution, screens are usually fragile and you want to avoid the middle of the screen frame bending. You may have to give a little force to pry it out if it is being difficult. Use your best judgment while performing this important task.
Next it’s time to move forward with cleaning with window pane. Taking that larger brush (you’d use to clean a horse with) let’s go ahead and begin brushing off the window frames, starting from the top and working down the sides. Avoid the window pane while doing this as far as the main portion of the pane is concerned. However, you can go over where the frame meets the pane. Open window and use the small “toothbrush” size cleaning brush to do inside of tracks and sills (Side note: You may have to open the window from the interior of the home. In this matter wait until you are finished with the cleaning. Then move to the interior and do the track and sills. Finish the brushing process by reaching the bottom and brushing excess dirt and debris from this surface. Onto the next DIY window cleaning tip.
Step Three: Washing the Window Pane
Before we begin step three, let’s make sure you have your T-Bar and washer sleeve, with the old t-shirts and microfiber cloths. You will need the old t-shirts and microfiber cloths right after you wash the window pane.
Time to wash! Grab your T-Bar with the washer sleeve and dunk that into your bucket. Keep the washer sleeve above the bucket and lightly drain it into the bucket. Removing excess water that would cause a puddle on the floor and a possible slipping accident (while inside). You may use your hand to lightly press out the excess water. Apply the sleeve to the window to be cleaned. Lightly pressing the sleeve against the window pane move it in circular motions starting the motion towards the left frame, up to the top and back down and around. Think Clockwise motions beginning from the left of the window pane, to the top, the right and finally bottom sections of the window pane. Grab your old t-shirts and wipe the left, top and right side of the window pane about one inch deep from the frame onto the window pane. Do not do the bottom we will get this in the final step.
Step Four: Removing the Water
Now it’s time to use the appropriate sized squeegee. Place the washer sleeve on top of the bucket. It should lay across the top and sit with ease. Now, how to squeegee the window pane. If pulling from left to right; Place squeegee on the left side of the window pane. Placing the rubber on the edge of the window pane, where it meets the frame. With a light and even distribution of weight on the squeegee begin to pull it across the window pane and finish it out by bringing the rubber to the edge of the window pane making contact between the rubber and the frame. Lightly let the squeegee rub against the frame or guide it lightly down the frame as you begin to pull the squeegee away. This will help leave as much excess water on the frame and not on the squeegee. Pull squeegee away and with the old t-shirt wipe the rubber of the squeegee off. Repeat this process down the window pane until all the water is removed. Then using your old t-shirt cloth wipe the excess water from the bottom track and frame. While removing the excess water make sure all debris is removed as well. This will leave the bottom portion of the frame looking cleaner and give it a newer appearance.
Step Five: Inspect
Having a microfiber cloth in hand, it’s time to look at the window pane and inspect your cleaning performance. The best way to do this is to look at the window pane at several angles. If need be bend your knees and look from the bottom left up towards the top right. Move to the other side and look from bottom right up to the top left. What you are looking for are any watermarks, drags or smudges left behind. If you find any of the above use your microfiber cloth and in small circular motions (only as large as the problem area) begin to wipe it away and “buff” it out. Now, the only thing left to do is replace the screen you removed before. However, before replacing make sure to inspect the screen to insure it is in good condition to reuse. Screens take damage over the years and you will want to replace them if necessary. If everything looks good, take your “horse brush” and ever so lightly brush the screen down. Carefully going over the screen and its frame. To get a really nice finish dampen an old t-shirt and go over the frame. Return the screen to its proper window. I’m sure you will find it to be easier to replace than to remove.
Congratulations! You have Officially Cleaned your First Window like a Pro!
We hope you have enjoyed “Our 5 DIY Window Cleaning Recommendations for Home Window Cleaning in Mountain Home, Arkansas.” Most importantly, we understand window cleaning can be time consuming, dangerous and expensive if having to buy the tools and do the work yourself. So, we highly recommend seeking out professionals that are licensed, insured and seasoned in doing this type of work.
If this DIY window cleaning adventure seems somewhat overwhelming for you we can help. Precision Line Window Washing is licensed, insured, and has the necessary experience and the tools to help you with this challenge. We are competitive, precise and reliable. And guarantee our work each and every time. Lastly, we are the pros the professionals trust and are the most recommended window cleaning business in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Call now for your FREE No Obligation Quote Today! 870.227.0236 or visit us now at www.precisionlinewindows.com. If you enjoyed our window cleaning blog, please share it with friends and family so they can enjoy it as well. Thank you for your time and we hope you have a wonderful day.
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