First hose the windows, cold water and garden hose, screens included.
Take screens out and prop them someplace to dry in the sun (hosing 'em
off means their dirt won't be on the windows first time it rains). I
use a commercial window cleaning concentate. I've also used
ammonia/vinegar/water, per label instructions. Get a good squeegee and
a good, soft scrub brush that fits on a broomstick handle (unless you
are tall). A scrubber brush with long, split nylon bristles works great
- it may be designed for windows. Brush on the cleaner, starting with
trim and moldings, then the frame and then the glass. Squeegee across
the top, then across lower down, til you've covered the window. I've
seen a "mop" type of washer, shaped like a squeegee but with short
cotton yarn - looks slick but never tried one.
I've seen household hints that claim drying with crumpled newspaper
works well, but not for me. If you have sappy trees, like pines, you
may have spots that will require turp to remove them (sticky stuff).
If the windows or trim happen to be very dirty, pay attention to the
runoff so's it doesn't stain the siding below the window. May want to
hose it off before finishing windows.
=My quickest, neatest window cleaner is my steam machine and the squeegee
that came with it. Steam cleans the windows pronto with no rubbing--You do
a rag to capture the dirty water from the squeegee. You would need to have
a portable unit for ladder work.
1. Double aught buck.
2. Call a glass company to put in new glass.
More seriously, I used to work wtih a custodian. He used to use Gleme, or
some other brand of window stuff in a blue spraycan. Spray it on good, and
wipe it all off with a white towel. Worked very well for him.
For windows that large, maybe a gardenhose on the outside, then once it's
wet, spray on some of whatever window stuff you like. Wipe and then squeegee
with a wiper from the auto parts store (sponge first, wiper second).
The pro window washer guys I've seen use a garden sprayer for the soap, and
a brush on a long pole. Wiper on a pole, too.
Christopher A. Young
Jesus: The Reason for the Season
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