Dusty and grimy windows quite limit the amount of daylight that replenishes a space during short winter days. The lack of natural light can send even the sunniest of dispositions into hibernation.
Whether you live in a fifth-floor walk-up or detached home, you don’t have to spend another minute stuck looking out of dirty plates of glass. In this article, I will show you how to clean outside windows before winter.
1. Get an apartment-friendly window cleaning kit
In cleaning the window exterior, you could clean outside windows from inside with a telescopic pole. The set comprises 2 cleaning attachments: that is a squeegee, and a circular sponge with 2 cleaning fabrics.
The handle of this kit lengthens and works best on sliding windows. It helps eliminates most of the grime caked on double-hung windows.
In case you may want to place a plastic drop fabric close to the window sill and the floor beneath the window. Make sure you don’t forget to vacuum the window tracks. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe off any dust, grime, and icky dead bugs remaining there. You can also follow these other cleaning tips:
Use a dry rag to dry brush the windows that are enclosing the circular sponge. Removing some of the dirt this way first ameliorates the slimy mess a spray cleaner will create later.
You can spray the glass with several coats of Window Cleaner such as Biokleen which is an eco-friendly product that cuts through yucky crud and grease much quicker than water and vinegar. Even better is that it dries to a streak-free shine.
Wipe the cleaner from the windows using clean rags that you can slip over the circular sponge.
2. Magnetic window cleaner
Cleaning the outside of windows that don’t unlatch and lower into a room is no easy task, especially for apartment dwellers—unless you want to teeter dangerously on a window ledge. Or you can pick up a magnetic window cleaner that won’t risk life or limb.
These particular tools wash both sides of a window one-time using microfiber cleaning cloths to wipe off any liquid cleaning product you decide to use.
People who own these tools say it takes some practice to get the tool to ascend smoothly. For instance, pushing it around rapidly while cleaning can disconnect the magnets.
3. Make use of mop to clean your windows
Making use of a standard mop can make washing outside windows very easy without wasting much time.
If you want to get your window glass sparkling clean, then make use of the procedure below:
In a very small bucket mix one part of water with one part of vinegar.
Dip a clean microfiber fabric or mop head into the solution, and attach it to the mop handle.
Scrub your exterior windows with the mop.
Once most of the crud is gone, move on to the next step.
Spray a streak-free window cleaner onto the glass or on a clean microfiber cloth and wipe.
Wait for the window to dry.
Wipe the dried glass with newspaper for a streak-free shine. If your hands don’t reach the window, you can skip this step.
And most importantly never climb out onto a window ledge or dodgy fire escape to clean your windows.
4. Easy way to clean window screens
Dirty window screens can also reduce the amount of natural light in your home. One of the best ways to clean them is to pop them out, bring them outside, and hose them down with water. Don’t have an outdoor space? You can leave the screen in place and do this instead:
Wipe off dust using a microfiber cloth or a disposable dust cloth.
Vacuum each screen using a brush attachment.
Mix one part water with one part vinegar, and lightly spray on the screen toward the outside.
Avoid a gooey mess by wiping off the solution with a rag immediately after spraying
Got a bathtub? You can rinse each screen one at a time after dusting and vacuuming in the tub using a handheld shower attachment.
5. Use of Robot in cleaning your windows
In cleaning your window exterior you can make use of the Winbot by Ecovacs Robotics is like a Roomba for vertical glass surfaces.
This device debuted in the United States of America in 2013 spotty surveys. However, its WINBOT 850 is a significant improvement. Equipped with a higher-speed fan motor, it cleans more efficiently using stronger suction that boosts stability. It’s quieter too so you can do your thing at home without being distracted by annoying noise.
Here’s how it works:
Place the safety pod and harness that’s attached to the machine on the inside of your window. It will catch the appliance if it falls.
Attach the cleaning pad and spray with the cleaning solution. The appliance has two built-in squeegees.
Flip on the switch.
Position the WINBOT 850 on the window (inside or out).
Before the gizmo starts cleaning, it scans the window to find out the best path to take.
When the window is clean, the appliance will return to the starting position.