How to Tackle the Three Hardest Parts of Cleaning Your Windows

Posted on: 29 July 2015

Cleaning the windows is a chore many people despise. It's not so much wiping the glass that's difficult, but cleaning the crevice between the window frame and glass pane, the little corners of the window sill, and those pesky, narrow blinds. There are a few tricks you can use to make the hardest parts of cleaning your windows easier.

The Blinds

Wiping each blind individually with a rag is certainly time-consuming. An easier way to tackle those blinds is to put on a pair of cheap, cotton, or polyester gloves. Spray some window cleaner or an all-purpose cleaner directly on the fingers of the gloves, and then use your fingers to wipe each of the blinds. It's a lot easier to get your little fingers in there than to try stuffing a big rag between the blinds. When one glove starts to look too dirty, switch to a new one. Wash the gloves in your washing machine, and you can use them again and again.

The Window Sill

Often the issue with the window sill is that the dust that accumulates down there becomes moist and caked-on when condensation builds up in the window sill. This makes it hard to just wipe the debris away with a cloth. An easier way to get rid of this dirt is to prepare a mixture of half vinegar and half water. Heat it in the microwave until it is warm, but not hot enough to scald you. Carefully pour some of the vinegar mixture into the window sill. Let it rest for about 5 minutes; it will loosen up the grime. Once 5 minutes have passed, absorb the vinegar with a sponge of cloth, and wipe out the window sill. The grime should come up easily.

The Juncture between the Frame and the Window Pane

This area tends to get skipped when you wipe down the flat surfaces of your windows because it's hard to get the cloth right into the crevice. A good solution is to dip a cotton swab in some window cleaner, and run it along this juncture. You'll be surprised how much grime you pick up. Use a new cotton swab every time yours gets dirty. Don't press too hard -- you don't want to loosen the pane from its frame, which may happen with older windows.

By following the tips above, your ensure your windows and your blinds get truly clean when you wash them. Stand back and admire the gleam of a job well done. For assistance cleaning your blinds, talk to a blind expert like F & R Interiors.