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Professional Window Cleaner Robert Johnson of Brighter Days achieves perfection and makes ‘em shine.
Professional Window Cleaner Robert Johnson of Brighter Days achieves perfection and makes ‘em shine.
Professional window cleaners reveal how to achieve perfection.

Professional window cleaners say you should wash your windows four times a year—once with each of the changing seasons. Here are seven window-washing tips for people who want their windows to shine like a professional cleaned them.

Stay out of the sun – Never wash windows in direct sunlight because cleaning solutions will dry too quickly, leaving a streaky residue.

Use a squeegee – After you apply cleaning solution, wipe with a squeegee, making sure to overlap each stroke about 1 1/2 inches. It speeds drying and gives a sparkling shine.

Make it yourself – Save money and give your windows a streak-free shine with a solution of 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a bucket of warm water.

Use newspapers – Dry your windows with newspapers instead of paper towels. They leave less lint and more shine. Wear rubber gloves to keep the newsprint off your hands.

Be frost-free – Keep frost off your windows by adding 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol or antifreeze to your cleaning solution. Remove ice from windows using a cloth moistened with ammonia.

Vacuum first – Vacuum the windowsills and frames first. It’s easier to clean them dry than when they’re a muddy mess later.

Wipe out streaks – Wash the inside of your window with horizontal strokes and the outside with vertical ones, to detect which side has streaks.

For those high up, hard-to-reach windows…or if you lack the time or equipment to wash your windows yourself…consider hiring a professional window cleaner. You can find professionals in your area through the International Window Cleaning Association. Go to www.iwca.org. You can save money by gathering others in your neighborhood and contracting with a professional window cleaner as a group.

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