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Window Cleaning 101

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When Norberto’s arrives to clean your home right before a big party or other event, our specialty cleaning┬áincludes the inside and outside of all of your windows. That way, you can rest easy knowing that every corner of your house is spotless.

But what if your dog jumps on the couch and rubs his nose all over the window? Or there’s a rain storm and the windows look spotty for the big day? We have a few tips to help you keep your windows clear and streak-free.

On the outside: the best way to clean windows is with a squeegee with a window wand. High windows will require an extension pole. For the cleaning solution, mix five drops of liquid dish detergent in two gallons of water (don’t use too much soap, it’ll streak).

Dip your window scrubbing wand or sponge into the solution, picking up just enough to wet the window without flooding it. Use the sponge side to scrub away any stubborn soil, and run the scrubber against the window frame to pick up any remaining dirt.

Now for the fun part – the sqeegee. Be sure the blade is damp before you start, and tilt it at an angle so that only about an inch of it presses lightly against the top of the window frame. Pull horizontally for a one-inch dry strip to eliminate any dripping.

Then place the squeegee close to the frame and pull down to about three inches from the bottom of the glass. Continue this way across the window, overlapping into the dry area with each stroke, and wiping the blade with a damp cloth after each.

Finish with a horizontal stroke across the bottom of the window, and wipe any water off the sill with a damp cloth.

On larger windows, like a picture window in the living room, wet and squeegee half the window at a time, starting with the top.

If you’re doing the inside and outside, it may help to squeegee vertically on one side and horizontally on the other so you can see which side any streaks may be on.

Of course, if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, Norberto’s is just a phone call away, and we’re happy to work with you to set up a time that works with your schedule to make sure your windows are spotless.

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