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Sunday, 11 March 2018

How To Clean Window Grilles

Your window gives you a good view of the outside world and protects you from the elements, but have you stopped to check them up close? You will certainly find that your windows may need some cleaning.

The actual task of cleaning all of the windows in your house does not necessarily have to be a difficult one. Don't expect to do a thorough job cleaning all of the windows in your house at once, can you? The best strategy here is not to be overwhelmed and to divide and conquer. It means that you can go ahead and make sure that you concentrate on the first floor before the second. You can take this even a step further by getting the whole family involved, making it a window cleaning party complete with music and snacks.

Materials required
You'll need some materials to clean the windows. Have a bucket, some cleaning solution, sponges, and lint-free cloths and rags ready. You'll want to vacuum the inside sections of your windows before going any further. Sweep away all the dust that you can before getting the windows wet. You want the actual cleaning process to be clean, too.

So, how are they used to clean the windows?
Cleaning windows and window blinds can be a very difficult and complicated task. If you have fitted metal grills to the windows, then you will have to pay special attention to removing the excessive dust on the grills. Irrespective of the color that you have chosen for the grill, it will be impossible to hide the fact that you have not kept it clean.

The worst part is that your fingers will never reach the corners and you will always end up without any satisfaction of having done a good job. So, how can you clean your windows as well as your window grills with minimum difficulty?

Make sure you have a set of at least five small sized brushes. There are numerous such products available in the market. The brushes should have a long handle and should have a smooth surface so that you can apply pressure and remove the dust.

It is advisable to have bristles on all the sides of the brush. This will help you simply insert the brush between the slats and rotate it continuously to get rid of all the accumulated dust.

The brushes should not be very heavy or else you will find it difficult to clean the windows and the blinds without removing the same. Even if you stand on a stool or a chair, you will have to stretch your hand over your head for long periods. If you have a heavy brush, this is only going to complicate matters and make it very difficult to clean the window properly.

Solvent or detergent
Further, you should identify the right solvent or detergent to clean the grills and the slats. The choice of cleansing agent depends on the choice of material used. If you have used the vinyl slats, then you should avoid corrosive detergents.

The same is true for the metal as well. In case of wood, you should make sure you opt for a cleansing agent that dries up very quickly. The last thing you want is for the material to absorb the moisture and end up getting flaky or damaged.

Soft cloth
Finally, you should have a soft cloth that is thin enough to slide between the slats. You can then slide the cloth and simply move it around so that the remaining dust is removed. It is advisable to have a separate pair that will take care of the drying of the slats in case you have used water and cleansing agent.

Once the initial cleaning stage is accomplished, take the sponge (or cleaning cloth, whichever you prefer) and wet it in the cleaning solution. Squeeze off the excess liquid, and start wiping your windows from the outside. It's best to go with a circular motion, starting from the edges of the panes to the center portions of the window.

After making sure that the window has been wiped, you can go ahead and dry the window with a lint-free cloth. Do it as systematically as possible, starting from one corner. Make sure that you wipe the windows in strokes going in the same direction. Keep the stroke constant, because you will be able to tell if you wiped a certain window pane with vertical strokes if you wiped the window pane right beside it with horizontal strokes.

Once this is done, go ahead and wipe off the sections around the actual window to make sure the whole area has no drips and smudges. Repeat until all of the windows in your house are squeaky clean. Make sure that the materials you used are disposed of properly.

When it comes to cleaning windows, the risks you are exposing yourself are significant, especially if you have to climb on a ladder to wash them, so making sure that you take all precaution measures is a must.

Here are some things you need to keep in mind before starting to clean windows:

1- It seems that ladder accidents are really common, no matter if you are cleaning windows or doing some other job around the house. Make sure that your ladder is sturdy and it won't break under your weight. Stretching and moving a lot while on the ladder increases the risk of falling, so make sure that you avoid that as much as you can.

2- If your windows are very high, you should buy a telescopic window cleaner, that's a really good investment that might save you from a broken leg.

3- If you plan to drink and clean windows, you are exposed to high risks. Drinking will interfere with your sense of balance, so these two things never go together. Why not enjoy that glass of wine after you cleaned your house? The same rule applies if you are taking medication that might give you dizziness or you don't feel well.

4- If you are pregnant let someone else do the window cleaning.

5- Using different chemicals for cleaning might lead to injuries, burns or other accidents. Make sure that you are protected from those by wearing gloves and even protection glasses to avoid any cleaning product from getting in your eyes.

6- If the glass you are cleaning seems like moving, you should stop and check if it's properly fixed. You don't want it to fall off and cut yourself with it. Also, don't apply a lot of pressure when you are cleaning the windows, many people cut themselves because the glass simply breaks when they are too concentrated about cleaning that window.

7- Make sure that you are not allergic to one of the compounds in your window cleaning products. It is a must if you don't want to end up in the hospital after cleaning windows.

8- Try not to smoke because some of the window cleaning products might be flammable. Smoke after you clean the windows and if you just can't keep yourself from smoking, take a break, have a smoke and continue afterward.

9- Keep children away from cleaning products or other chemicals you use.

Even professional window cleaners have a lot of accidents each year, so you should take all the precautions you can if you don't want something harmful or even fatal to happen to you.