Time to Spring Clean Your Windows and DoorsBy Lucia Metcalf | | WINDOWS |
It’s that time of the year again – Spring Cleaning! The days are getting longer, the flowers are in bloom, Spring is a wonderful time for renewal. If you’re a firm believer in the Spring Cleaning tradition, then no sofa cushion is left unturned when you’re in the zone. Here’s a bit of advice on how to approach cleaning your home’s windows and doors.
Spring Clean Your Windows
Eyes may be the windows into our souls, but windows are the eyes into (and out of) our homes. How often do you actually deep clean and wash your windows? All the dirt and grime tends to build-up after continued spot cleaning. Now is the perfect time to spring clean your windows – inside and out.
While traditional glass cleaner is a viable option, more natural methods have been touted as better for your health and can offer a squeakier clean. Try a mixture of distilled water, white vinegar, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in an empty spray bottle or large bowl with a rag.
- 4 parts distilled water
- 1 part white vinegar
- 5 drops of essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, orange blossom, peppermint)
We recommend using microfiber cloths and a squeegee for a real serious streak-free shine. Consider a polishing finish with a few sheets of newspaper for a real sparkle.
Cleaning top to bottom can help you avoid drips and spills on already cleaned surfaces. Another spring cleaning window trick is to clean horizontally on one side of the glass and vertically on the other side to identify possible streaking.
The best times of day to clean your windows are in the early morning or late afternoon/early evening when the sun isn’t directly hitting the glass. Hot sunny weather can lead to quicker evaporation of glass cleaning solutions, making streaks more likely.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Doors
Although they may be an essential component to our homes, doors are the most overlooked cleaning item. Nearly everyone inevitably touches a doorknob or door itself, this should actually the most frequently cleaned surface in your house.
For this you don’t need much, a good all purpose disinfectant and cleaning solution should do the trick. White vinegar is a wonderful non-toxic disinfectant and can also remove marks from dirt and grime. Once you notice one dirty patch, you’ll notice them all – so why stop there? Pay attention to detail here: the door surface, doorknob and around the knob, frames and even the threshold. They can all be host to dirty fingerprints, shoe marks, and greasy stains. You’ll see a noticeable difference once you’re done!
Your house will look cleaner and feel fresher after a little bit of work. Checking off the big ticket items, like windows and doors, can help break up your spring cleaning to do list. Once you finish, you can look out and enjoy the view from your newly polished windows.
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