Friday, May 9, 2014

3 Easy Steps to Keep Your Windows Clean

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Cleaning beveled and leaded glass windows may seem like a daunting task, but the secret to clean, shiny glass is simple with these 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Use Newspaper Not Towels

Beveled and leaded glass windows often accumulate dark guck along the lead came, which can make them look dark and dingy.  Stop using paper towels, dust cloths, and rags and swap for newspaper. That's right, newspaper! Why? Newspaper is stiff enough to get into the tight corners and lead lines, and it won't scratch your glass while it removes that tough grime.  It's also disposable and recyclable so you don't have to feel guilty using it in quantity.

Step 2: Save Money Making Your Own Cleaning Solutions

Switch those expensive glass cleaners for something simple. Expensive cleaners use ammonia and other harsh chemicals that you really don't need.  Using an empty spray bottle mix a solution of half rubbing alcohol and half water. Spritz the solution onto the window and clean with newspaper. It's that simple. If you don't have rubbing alcohol (or if you can't stand the smell) you can swap the alcohol for vinegar and have the same streak-free results!  Be sure to label your spray bottle and store it in a cool place, and it will keep until it's gone.

Step 3: Use a Razor Blade on Stubborn Grime

Don't be afraid to use a razor blade to scrape off the stubborn stuff! When used properly razor blades are the most effective way to remove sticky, caked on, and tough dirt and grime. To use a razor blade hold it flat against the glass and apply gentle pressure. Never make slicing motions or you'll permanently scratch your windows.  If done correctly you won't need those goo-removing chemicals!

Once you've followed steps 1 through 3, enjoy your not-so-hard-work. Feel free to repeat this process as often as you like to keep your beveled and leaded glass windows shining!

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