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How to Get Those TV Clean Windows

by Barbara Bodnar 05/12/2019

Nothing ruins a great view like a greasy hand print right in the middle of the window. No matter the time of year it is, you can always benefit from brightly clean windows. They allow in more natural light and can transform a dull room into a bright living space. Planning for this at the right time is important. You don't want to clean your windows while they are in direct sunlight or the cleaning suds will dry while you're working, just making them worse. You can either do a full day's worth of windows by starting on the South and West facing sides in the morning, then moving to the North and East facing sides in the afternoon. You can clean on an overcast day but be careful, or your hard work will just get washed away in the rain.

Filling Your Tool Bucket

Window washing techniques aren't too tricky, but they do require the right tools. If you start without them, you'll stress yourself all the way through the process.

  • Soft Bristle Brush: Think of the same kind of brush you use on non-stick pans or glasses in your kitchen, but make sure it’s a clean one, not the actual one from the kitchen, so you don’t spread kitchen grease around the windows. For best results, get one with a built-in soap dispenser and an extendable handle so those high window edges are always within reach and you don’t have to carry around a bucket of soapy water. Use the brush to get grime and stains off the window without wearing out your arms in the process.
  • Lightly Soapy Cleaner: Stay away from all the combined sprayer cleaners. Instead, go for a kitchen cleaner that is meant to cut through stains and grease. Your best choice will be one that cleans well but doesn’t get too sudsy. Test it in your brush to determine how much water to combine with it for exactly the right consistency.
  • Hose with sprayer: An adjustable sprayer nozzle attachment for your garden hose can make getting the rest of the outdoor grime off the windows even easier. Once you've loosened it up with your brush, simply spray the residue off with your hose. Be careful not to spray too vigorously because you can accidentally loosen the seals around your windows.
  • Squeegee: A good squeegee is necessary to prevent all your previous work from going to waste. When used properly, a squeegee gets all that beaded water off your windows, so it can't dry in streaks and ruin all your hard work. It also means the windows are almost completely dry for the last step and won't get those round rubbing streaks either. If you have wide picture windows, look for a wide squeegee to cut down on the number of vertical stripes required. Lastly, look for one with an extendable handle like your bristle brush so that you can always start and the very top of each window.
  • Chamois Cloths: For that last little bit of drying and polishing, don't use any old cloth. Get yourself a proper chamois to prevent streaking. If it is in your budget, you can get a natural chamois made of sheep leather, but don't rule out the synthetics. There are some fantastic synthetic chamois fabrics out there for any budget.
  • Simple Soft Cloth: After you’ve dried the window, you’ll need a simple soft cloth for the window sill. Use this cloth to pick up any remaining dirt or water from the cleaning process.

Don’t Forget the Screens

No matter how clean the windows, you still can't see through them if you have dirty screens. Since you had to take them off anyway, now is the perfect time to clean them as well. Using the same soapy cleaner and a bristle brush, gently brush both sides of the screen to remove dirt, dust, and grime. Then spray them off with your garden hose and sprayer attachment. Be careful only to use a medium pressure sprayer option, since you don't want to tear the screen away from the edges.

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About the Author

Author
Barbara Bodnar

Business Philosophy

Service for Life! My philosophy is based on understanding what my clients need, value and want regarding their real estate and life goals. Finding a home is not accomplished in isolation of overall goals. Listening to your clients comes first. I spent over twenty years in Clinical Social Work assisting people with many issues. My background provides a unique perspective for assisting clients in regard to their real estate needs. Many things come up after clients are in their new homes. I want them to feel free to call with questions anytime!

Education and Training

A strong foundation and continuing education are important goals for me. I have a BA in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Social Work; Mediation training and post-Master's courses. In the Real Estate industry, I am always striving to expand my knowledge base. Please visit my designation page for more information regarding my education in this area.

Areas of Expertise

Senior Real Estate Specialist; First-time buyers; Relocation; New Home Sales; Condominium and Co-op; Re-sales

Community Involvement

Having been a Social Worker for many years giving back to the community is important to me. I have been involved with Habitat for Humanity as a part of that endeavor. I am an active Rotarian, Rotary chapter Social Chair, and a member of the Yorktown and Hudson Valley Chambers of Commerce.

Communities I Serve

The Counties I serve are Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess.

I have a trusted group of colleagues for referrals outside of our service area.

Awards and Designations     

As an agent with a proven track record, you can feel comfortable you are in great hands. My Awards include:

Sterling Society

International President's Circle

MLS Diamond Award 

President's Club 

Five Star Professional 2010-2014

MLS Diamond Award 2011

A commitment to service involves respecting the importance of Real Estate Designations. They enhance your knowledge so that you can best serve your clients. My Designations include:

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

Licensed Associate Broker 

Certified Residential Specialist 

Accredited Buyer Representative 

Accredited Seller Representative 

Certified Buyer Representative 

Accredited Staging Professional 

Senior Real Estate Specialist 

Relocation Certification Coldwell Banker 

Certified New Home Specialist 

Certified Home Marketing Specialist 

Graduate Realtor Institute 

C-CREC 

Certified International Property Specialist Candidate 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Certified Teacher 

Divorce Mediation Training 

e-PRO 

USAA Preferred Agent

Real Estate Negotiation Institute

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