Cleaning your windows isn’t a thrilling venture. In fact, it’s not even a remotely exciting one. Rather, window washing is a strenuous task that can leave you tired, cranky, and altogether fed up! While it might look easy, a proper window-washing job can turn into a two-day chore. When you finally muster up the energy to tackle the clean, you’ll want to make sure you get it right the first time. That’ll save you from a whole lot of headaches later.
At this point, you might be asking yourself: do I have to? Why do I even need to clean my windows? Isn’t that something I can simply hide by drawing the shades and waiting for it to rain?
On the contrary, there are many reasons to clean your windows, from ensuring you’re protecting your window glass, to enabling sunlight to stream indoors. Dirty windows can also reduce your property’s curb appeal, rather than making it look inviting. Plus, windows covered in dirt, dust, dead bugs, or water spots will inhibit your view of the outdoors.
If only every window in your home could be a first-floor window or a double-hung, tilt-sash window, you’d never need special tools or techniques to clean them. But for most homeowners, that’s simply not the case. Transoms, skylights, big picture windows, and older windows may all require a little ingenuity to clean.
Fortunately, cleaning those hard-to-reach windows is definitely doable. With the right tools and the right plan, you can get all of your windows sparkling clean for spring.
Assemble the Right Tools
Unless all of the windows in your house are designed to tilt, turn, or slide for easy cleaning, you’re going to need special tools to clean them. For cleaning exterior windows, you’ll need a long-handled window-cleaning tool with a microfiber pad and squeegee, a garden hose, and outdoor window cleaner. We suggest buying a bottle of cleaner that attaches to your garden hose so you can easily spray the cleaner onto the exterior of your hard-to-reach windows.
Okay. Time for some honesty. We’ve been in our current house for an entire year next month…and I haven’t cleaned the windows. None of them. Not even once. **SIGH**
Window cleaning is a task that most of us avoid (hi there, hello!) but it is also one that, if left neglected, becomes more difficult to manage over time. (Oh yeah. It’s gonna be fun, eh?) It isn’t an easy or convenient task but, in my experience, most people have a tendency to make the process more labor-intensive than it needs to be. Here is an easy 3-step process that will keep your windows looking bright and clean and you will only need to do it twice a year on average!
This is a good first step, especially for larger windows. Swab the surface with a mostly-water mixture with a few drops per gallon of any common dish soap. You don’t want the solution to be too sudsy, but you do want it to be soapy enough to break up the dirt that has settled on the panes over time. Strip applicators allow you to cover a large area at one time and they also absorb a majority of the soap. This will be important later on.
If you were to ask me what the hardest part of home decor is, for ME, I would tell you window treatments, hands down. I’m NEVER happy with mine. I’m always agitated with local selections, and I never can get things quite right when I order them, either. One of the few fights my husband and I have had that I can clearly remember was over window treatments. And we’ve been in our current home for 8 months now, and I STILL have windows that aren’t dressed.
So when Laura Costello suggested an article to me regarding choosing fabric for curtains…YES, please! I’ll take all the help I can get! And I LOVE her suggestions! Check them out…
When it comes to choosing fabric for your curtains, there are a few things you should consider. Fabric is an essential part of commercial drapery, dictating how well your curtains function and hold up over time. With so many fabrics, patterns and styles to choose from, it can take time to find the right curtains for your space. Follow these simple tips and tricks to select the right fabric for your new curtains.
Every Room is Different
Having the same kind of curtains in every room can leave a lot of creative potential unfulfilled. The type of curtain fabric you use in each room depends on the purpose of the room, and how much daily sunlight the room receives. Some rooms need light and airy curtains, while others might need a heavier fabric. For this reason, there is no ‘one-size fits all’ policy available for curtains, and it is important to carefully consider and design each curtain with appropriate fabric in mind.
Colour: Colour is the most obvious influence on curtain fabric choice. The safe way to select a curtain colour is to choose a colour that is one tone from either side of your wall colour. In this way, you will make the room and the curtains feel harmonious. If possible, always borrow a returnable sample of the fabric or, buy a yard of the fabric to see it in the light of your own home. The color can change dramatically depending on light levels in each room.