How to Clean Your Windows – A Quick Guide

One of the suggestions many offer when you get ready to sell your home is to give your windows a thorough cleaning to help let the light shine in. It’s great advice, but if you’ve never tackled a job like this one before, you may be a bit overwhelmed. Fortunately, this guide can help you get started.

You’ll want to start with a trip to a hardware or DIY store. You’ll need a squeegee, a scrubber, a large bucket, some dish soap, and a few lint-free rags. You may want to purchase a few extra squeegee blades in case yours gets nicked.

Fill your bucket with soap and cool weather, then apply the water with a scrubber. If you’ve never cleaned your windows before, you may need to do quite a bit of scrubbing. If you do this on a regular basis, not much will be required. Work at every angle, and cover as much of the glass as you can.

Once you’ve applied your soap and water mixture, it’s time to use the squeegee. Tip it so you just do the top corner in one clean, narrow strip. Then focus on the top of the window. Pull it steadily across in one, horizontal motion. Wipe it clean with one of your rags, then begin again so you overlap your previous stroke by just a bit. Be sure you’re pulling at an angle so you direct the water/soap downward. Wipe and repeat. When you’ve done as much as you can with the squeegee, take a clean rag, and wipe any excess water along the bottom edge and along the sides.

In the event you have several panes of glass in each window, you may need a smaller squeegee to get to each window. You’ll want to clean both the inside and the outside of each window for best results.

Light really is a powerful tool for buyers, and clean windows can help introduce more of it to your home. For more tools or a bit of help selling your home, give us a call today.

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