The Guide to Winter Window Cleaning

When winter settles in, many of us lose motivation to do a lot of activity around the house—especially when it comes to your windows. While winter window cleaning isn't top priority for a lot of homeowners, the truth is that it will make your home a lot cleaner and help your windows possibly function better by the time springtime rolls around.

If you've decided to take the time this season and tackle the task of cleaning your windows, this guide will help you get the job done right:
Cleaning Window Tracks and Glass
The first step with cleaning your windows this winter is with the tracks and glass. You can use a variety of cleaners for the glass, including Windex or even a water and distilled vinegar solution. Martha Stewart has a water and vinegar recipe that is great for cleaning your windows any time of year. You can choose to use a sponge cleaning method by moistening the window with your solution and wiping it away.
You can also opt to use a squeegee with your water and vinegar. Dampen the squeegee first and clean from the top down, wiping the edge of the squeegee with every stroke.
When you're ready to tackle the window tracks, sprinkle baking soda over the area and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Grab an old toothbrush and work out all the gunk. Collect it with a paper towel and throw it away.
If there is residue left over, take a wet rag and clean up the tracks and use a butter knife (covered up with the rag) to dig out extra gunk from the corners.

Cleaning Your Window Screens
Since it has been a reasonably warm around Fort Wayne lately, you might catch a day where you can clean your window screens. Cleaning your window screens helps them last longer and also makes it easier to see outside for the upcoming springtime views. 
Feel free to skip this step if it is too cold outside. However, be sure to come back in the spring time for a thorough cleaning.
To clean your window screens, you only need a couple tools. These tools include a sponge or microfiber cloth, a hose, vacuum, all-purpose liquid cleaner, and towels.
Remove the screens and place them on a towel. If you plan to clean a lot of screens at once, be sure to tag each one so it's easier to put back. Use the vacuum attachment to remove any old leaves and debris that got stuck over the last several months.
Once you've vacuumed the screens, mix 1/4th cup of all-purpose cleaner with a 1/2 gallon of water. Wash both sides of the screen with a sponge or microfiber cloth. Be sure to rinse the soap away with a hose before allowing them to try.
The last step is to admire your hard work and enjoy your sparkling clean new windows all the way through springtime.

Chris Jarvis