Friday, June 8, 2012
How to clean windows
One thing I do know, however, is cleaning windows. This is an example of the windows I have at my place: cedar frames with each window divided into 4 smaller panes. I reckon I have over two hundred of these panes to clean, 400 panes when you consider you have to clean inside too. Believe me, it's a fiddly job. You can see where my motivation is to get this job sorted out.
We've been here for nearly nine years now - our anniversary is on Monday - and over this time I've trialled lots of different methods/recipes etc. for cleaning windows.
The best method to clean windows, in my opinion, based on exhaustive research is 1/2 cup methylated spirit in half a bucket of warm water. Use a rag to clean the window down, then use cheap paper towel to wipe dry.
The one drawback of this method is the use of paper towel .I try to limit disposables where possible, but for this job I have to say that the traditional alternative, newspaper, just doesn't cut it I feel. It might have once upon a time, before the newspaper publishers changed their presses in the last 10-15 years.
I've been cleaning my kitchen windows today, as it's the window I look out of most of the time and they were looking a bit grimy. Now I've cracked the window cleaning code, I hive this job to the high schoolers during their school holidays. It keeps them busy and out of my hair for a good few hours:)
Now what I would like to figure out is how to discourage the spiders around the window frames, and through the house in general. Keeping their cobwebs at bay is a constant battle. My family is pretty house trained but these interlopers just don't have any manners, and they just don't want to learn!