Spring Cleaning Tips from Martha Stewart
There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For many people, however, the idea is overwhelming and the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. While spring cleaning will never become effortless, below are some suggestions from Martha Stewart to help you get started and make things a little more manageable including eight steps to perfectly clean windows.
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Eight Steps to Perfectly Clean Windows
1. Schedule the project Choose a time when the sun is not shining directly on windows. Its hot rays can cause the cleaning solution to dry, which will result in streaks.
2. Clean the surface With a soft-bristle brush, dust away cobwebs and loose dirt from windows and frames. Don’t forget hinges, sills, and tracks. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands, especially if the frames are old and splintery.
3. Make the cleaning solution Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part hot water.
4. Prevent a mess Before cleaning the inside of each window, place an absorbent terry-cloth towel along the windowsill to catch drips.
5. Wet the glass Using a sponge, wet (but don’t drench) the windowpane with the vinegar-and-water solution, and rub away the dirt. As much as possible, keep the solution from coming into contact with the window frames.
6. Prime a squeegee Wet the rubber blade; a dry one will skip.
7. Wipe the glass Starting at an upper corner of the pane, draw the squeegee down in a straight, confident stroke. Wipe the rubber edge of the squeegee with a sponge or a lint-free cloth. Return to the top and repeat, slightly overlapping the first stroke. Finish by pulling the squeegee across the bottom of the window. Dry the sill.
8. Clean the frames Wipe surfaces using a cloth dampened with a non-ammomia all-purpose cleaner and water. Rinse them thoroughly with a clean, damp cloth to remove cleaning solution, and dry immediately by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.
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