Most people groan at the thought of cleaning windows, but a home always looks much cleaner and brighter when they’re cleaned on a regular basis. Adding the windows to your spring cleaning list is the perfect way to make sure they get done.

Of course, the easiest thing is to hire a house cleaning service to take care of your windows for you, but if you’d rather clean them yourself here are a few tips on how to get your windows looking clean and beautiful.

To begin with, set aside a good portion of the day for the task, put on some good music to keep you company and you may even enjoy it!

1. Make sure you have all the supplies you need. Warm water, squeegee, chamois, bucket with handle, liquid soap, sponge, scrub brush, cleaning toothbrush, soft soap cleaner, hose.

2. Take down all draperies and blinds. Wash or dry clean any draperies according to directions. You can soak your blinds in warm soapy water and then wipe them down with a sponge. Rinse with clean water and hang to dry.

3. To clean your screens, take them all down and then lay them against a wall. Wash them down with warm soapy water and a scrub brush. Hose down with clean water and leave to dry.

4. Using a bucket of warm water with just a touch of liquid soap and sponge, wash down your windows, It helps to have a scouring pad on one side of your sponge to help you scrub off any stubborn spots.

5. Using your squeegee and starting at the top, pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern. At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with a lint-free rag.

6. Using a damp, wrung-dry chamois, clean up any excess water on the edges of the pane. You can also use a blackboard eraser to give your windows an extra shine.

7. Wipe down the window seals and sill with a damp rag and soft soap. Use a toothbrush to get to any hard to reach corners. If you have mildew or mold, a few squirts of a good mildew remover will do the trick. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

8. Hang your screens, draperies or blinds back up and voila, clean windows!

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