How to Green Clean your Windows!

Cleaning windows

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Oh the dreaded chore of cleaning windows!
Amazing how many components are in a window that we generally do not think about when looking at any window… It’s not until we actually get into the deep cleaning part of the window itself that we realize “WOW this window has a lot of parts to clean”.
  • Head Rail
  • Bottom Rail
  • Interior Casting
  • Head Jam
  • Sill
  • Muntin
  • Pane
  • Apron
  • Stole
  • Exterior Sill
  • Lower Sash
  • Upper Sash
  • Side Jam
  • Interior Track
  • Stop
Lots and lots of items that need to be cleaned!
I’ve listed all the parts of the window, but we are going to focus on window panes and casting:
  1. Preferred tools: microfiber cloth, chamois (paper towels leave streaks and we are green ?)
  2. In a spray bottle create your eco-friendly “Green Cleaning Solution”:
Green Cleaning Solution

1 part water and 1 part white vinegar. You can also mix the solution in a bowl. I suggest using distilled water… Faucet water is known to cause streaks. Therefore, if the glass is really dirty just go with straight vinegar.

3. Spray Green Cleaning Solution directly onto glass (pretty simple right?)

4. When wiping the glass surface, use a circular motion first. Then wipe vertical strokes, and last, use horizontal swipes to make the glass clean with a beautiful shine!

5. Use a cotton swab or a Q-tip to clean the corners and along the edges of the muntin.

6. Once you’ve wiped down your window panes properly, fine tune cleaning corners, and muntin edges with your Q-tip, take a clean microfiber cloth or a cloth baby diaper and buff the window.

7. Cleaning window castings: the residential homes we clean generally have wood window castings. To clean wood we use coconut oil. First wipe the casting down with soap and water “eco-friendly dish soap” you don’t need to drown the wood, just a dampen cloth (microfiber preferred)

Next use another cloth and dab a teaspoon of coconut oil on it, begin to wipe around the wood. I use the same wiping motions as I do on the glass.
Windows can be expensive to replace and the best practice for prolonging the life is upkeep.
We recommend having a professional window cleaning service come out twice a year to clean the inside and outside of your windows. If you are interested in having your windows professionally cleaned, please send us an email for your no hassle quote. Zesty Maids is a professional cleaning company experience in window cleaning.

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