Clean windows may start with squeaky-clean glass, but they certainly don't end there! Windows have several important non-glass components. To get windows ultra-sparkly and beautiful, the nooks and crannies will need some attention as well. It may seem like a lot of extra trouble, but keeping windows clean does more than just make a home or office look nice. It helps keep windows in working order and scratch-free.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to Clean Dirty Window Tracks
Window tracks tend to collect a lot of dust, insects and other debris. They can be frustrating and unpleasant to clean, but clean tracks are important for maintaining windows that open and close with ease. A toothbrush is a great tool for scrubbing those tiny spaces, while a paper towel is handy for soaking up liquid and grabbing lingering debris. While there are a variety of suitable cleaners, a dash of baking soda with a small amount of vinegar will make quick work of a grimy window track. Tackling window sills at the same time is a great way to knock out two annoying jobs around the house at once. All that is needed to clean a window sill is a wet, soapy rag. A pass or two across the sill should complete the job.
Hose Off or Vacuum Window Screens
Window screens keep bugs out of homes, while letting fresh air in. When screens become clogged with debris, they don't let in as much air, they don't look nice, and views may become obstructed. The simplest way to clean out a window screen is to remove it from the window, take it outside and spray it gently with a garden hose. The screen can then be left to dry in the sun. It is best to remove screens for cleaning, but not always practical. Screens can be cleaned without taking them down. A vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment can be used to remove much of the dust. A damp, soapy cloth will pick up what is left behind. Caution should be taken when cleaning screens without removing them from the window. Too much pressure could push the entire screen out of the window, or push the screen material out of the screen frame.
Clean Blinds Without Taking Them Down
In most cases, blinds can — and should — be cleaned without removing them from the window. Cleaning them while they are still on the window prevents them from being bent or broken. A damp cloth with mild detergent is best for cleaning most types of blinds. Harsh cleaners, such as those containing bleach, are not recommended. Simply run a damp cloth along the length of each blind slat, whichever direction that may be. Never scrub perpendicular to the direction of the blind slats. With careful maneuvering, most blinds can be cleaned on both sides at once. After the blinds are cleaned with soap and water, regular dusting will suffice to keep them clean until next time.