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The Ultimate Window Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
You don't need to hire a professional to learn how to clean windows. A few good tips and some shared secrets can turn a dreaded chore into a pleasant task.

What is the minimum recommended cleaning interval for windows?

  • Windows should be cleaned at least once every two months.
  • Windows should be cleaned at least once every six months.
  • Windows should be cleaned at least once a month.

What is a recommended process when washing windows on both sides?

  • Wash one side of the window with horizontal strokes and the other side with vertical strokes to identify source of streaks.
  • Wash the inside of the window first as it is easier to see streaks from outside looking in.
  • Both of the above answers are correct.

How should you clean large windows most effectively?

  • Use a scaffold ladder inside and outside so you can move quickly over the entire window to minimize streaks.
  • Wash large windows the same way that you wash smaller windows only concentrate on one segment at a time.
  • Employ a squeegee attached to a long handle to prevent streaks on large windows.

How do you keep a squeegee from leaving streaks as you work down the window?

  • Overlap each horizontal pass by about 2 inches as you move horizontally from right to left across the window.
  • Wipe your squeegee with a terry towel after each pass to prevent leaving a trail with the wet squeegee.
  • Both of the above tips apply to window cleaning with a squeegee.

How can you eliminate small scratches on your windows?

  • You can pick up a tin of rubbing compound at your local hardware store and follow directions.
  • Polish a scratch out of your glass with toothpaste on a soft cloth.
  • There is little that you can do to eliminate scratches from window glass without causing more damage.

When is the optimum time to wash your windows?

  • It is best to clean your windows on a clear sunny day so you can spot any streaks easier.
  • It is best if you wait for a cloudy day to clean your windows to avoid reflected glare from sunshine.
  • It is best if you wait for a cloudy day to clean your windows to avoid the tendency for cleaner to dry too quickly in the sun.

What is a benefit to shining windows with a crumpled newspaper?

  • It will give a sense of accomplishment to hear the window squeaking because it is so clean.
  • By nature, newspaper leaves a clear film on the glass that is resistant to dirt accumulation.
  • For some reason streaks are absorbed naturally by the inks contained in the newspaper.

When you are using a window cleaning solution ad cloths to clean windows what is a good process to follow?

  • Clean your windows from the top down to prevent drips onto areas already cleaned.
  • Spray on only enough cleaner to dampen an area that you can wipe clean in about a minute or less.
  • Both of these tips will help you clean windows quickly and easily.

What is one important reminder that you should keep in mind while you clean windows?

  • Window cleaner solutions and soapy water can harm woodwork so avoid drips and wipe up any drips quickly.
  • Have several cloths handy and switch to a fresh cloth every time your cloth gets very damp or dirty.
  • When cleaning outside windows from a ladder always have a helper on the ground to hold your ladder.

What is a good effective homemade glass cleaning solution recipe?

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of ammonia, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons of vinegar, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle.
  • Both of these solutions give excellent results when used to clean windows.