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If you get stuck with the chore of cleaning your windows, part of what makes window washing such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.


Did you know that this method puts a static charge on the glass, attracting dust and dirt so that your windows quickly look again?

It's easier and more effective to clean glass like the pros do: with a squeegee and a few other readily available tools. The techniques aren't complicated, and the results may surprise you. Here are two 3-step methods; one for picture windows and another for multipane windows.

1. Wash with a foam window washer

Picture windows call for large tools. The long head of a window washer soaks up a lot of soapy water and knocks dirt loose without scratching the glass. For a cleaning solution, use just a squirt of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water - the less foam, the better.

2. Wipe clean with a rubber squeegee

Starting at the top left, pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (left-handers would start at the top right). At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee's blade clean with a lint-free rag.

For multi-pane windows use a smaller squeegee, or cut a standard squeegee down to fit.

3. Dry off remaining drips

Remove any water remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks. Dry the windowsill with a rag.

Get rid of stubborn spots

Over time, hard-water runoff from masonry or rain falling through metal window screens leaves stubborn mineral stains on glass that normal washing can't erase. So after a regular cleaning, gently rub with fine 000 steel wool, , then rinse and squeegees the glass twice to remove the residue.