The Ultimate Window Cleaning Quiz

The Ultimate Window Cleaning Quiz
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You don't need to hire a professional to learn how to clean windows. A few good tips and some shared secrets can turn a dreaded chore into a pleasant task.
What is the minimum recommended cleaning interval for windows?
Windows should be cleaned at least once every two months.
Windows should be cleaned at least once every six months.
Windows look best if they are cleaned at least once every six months on the inside and outside. In homes with small children, stores and buildings in dusty or high pollution areas, windows should be cleaned more often.
Windows should be cleaned at least once a month.

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What is a recommended process when washing windows on both sides?
Wash one side of the window with horizontal strokes and the other side with vertical strokes to identify source of streaks.
Wash one side of the window with horizontal strokes and the other side with vertical strokes to make it easy to identify the source of any streaks. This is especially helpful when the outside surface of windows is hard to reach.
Wash the inside of the window first as it is easier to see streaks from outside looking in.
Both of the above answers are correct.

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How should you clean large windows most effectively?
Use a scaffold ladder inside and outside so you can move quickly over the entire window to minimize streaks.
Wash large windows the same way that you wash smaller windows only concentrate on one segment at a time.
Employ a squeegee attached to a long handle to prevent streaks on large windows.
Employ a squeegee attached to a long handle to prevent streaks on large windows. Start the squeegee at the top corner and work in horizontal passes as you move down the window.

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How do you keep a squeegee from leaving streaks as you work down the window?
Overlap each horizontal pass by about 2 inches as you move horizontally from right to left across the window.
Wipe your squeegee with a terry towel after each pass to prevent leaving a trail with the wet squeegee.
Both of the above tips apply to window cleaning with a squeegee.
Overlap each horizontal pass by about 2 inches (5 cm) as you move from right to left across the window. Wipe your squeegee with a terry towel after each pass to prevent leaving a trail with the wet squeegee and dry the window frame after the last pass.

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How can you eliminate small scratches on your windows?
You can pick up a tin of rubbing compound at your local hardware store and follow directions.
Polish a scratch out of your glass with toothpaste on a soft cloth.
You can polish a scratch out of your window glass by rubbing gently with toothpaste applied to a soft cloth. Once you have eliminated a scratch you can go ahead and clean the window in the normal way.
There is little that you can do to eliminate scratches from window glass without causing more damage.

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When is the optimum time to wash your windows?
It is best to clean your windows on a clear sunny day so you can spot any streaks easier.
It is best if you wait for a cloudy day to clean your windows to avoid reflected glare from sunshine.
It is best if you wait for a cloudy day to clean your windows to avoid the tendency for cleaner to dry too quickly in the sun.
It is best if you wait for a cloudy day to clean your windows to avoid the tendency for cleaners to dry too quickly in the sun. If you do not want to wait for a cloudy day, start window cleaning early in the morning before the day heats up too much.

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What is a benefit to shining windows with a crumpled newspaper?
It will give a sense of accomplishment to hear the window squeaking because it is so clean.
By nature, newspaper leaves a clear film on the glass that is resistant to dirt accumulation.
By nature, newsprint leaves a clear film on the glass that is resistant to dirt accumulation. No one will deny the satisfaction of hearing a window squeak with joy at its newfound cleanliness.
For some reason streaks are absorbed naturally by the inks contained in the newspaper.

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When you are using a window cleaning solution ad cloths to clean windows what is a good process to follow?
Clean your windows from the top down to prevent drips onto areas already cleaned.
Spray on only enough cleaner to dampen an area that you can wipe clean in about a minute or less.
Both of these tips will help you clean windows quickly and easily.
You window cleaner solution sparingly and start from the top of your window working down to prevent drips and overspray. Working smaller areas that you can wipe clean in under a minute will prevent early drying of solution, which is harder to wipe off.

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What is one important reminder that you should keep in mind while you clean windows?
Window cleaner solutions and soapy water can harm woodwork so avoid drips and wipe up any drips quickly.
Window cleaner solutions and soapy water can harm woodwork, so avoid drips and wipe up any drips quickly. Remember safety first, so have an assistant on the ground to help you and to hold your ladder when you work above the aloft.
Have several cloths handy and switch to a fresh cloth every time your cloth gets very damp or dirty.
When cleaning outside windows from a ladder always have a helper on the ground to hold your ladder.

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What is a good effective homemade glass cleaning solution recipe?
Combine 2 tablespoons of ammonia, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle.
Combine 3 tablespoons of vinegar, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle.
Both of these solutions give excellent results when used to clean windows.
For an excellent window cleaning solution, you can combine 2 tablespoons of ammonia, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle. If you wish to avoid ammonia, you can use 3 tablespoons of white vinegar in the recipe instead.

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