The Ultimate Window Cleaning Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

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 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.

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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 make it easy to identify the source of any streaks. This is especially helpful when the outside surface of windows is hard to reach.

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How should you clean large windows most effectively?

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 (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 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.

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When is the optimum time to wash your windows?

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?

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.

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When you are using a window cleaning solution ad cloths to clean windows what is a good process to follow?

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. Remember safety first, so have an assistant on the ground to help you and to hold your ladder when you work above the aloft.

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What is a good effective homemade glass cleaning solution recipe?

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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