Friday November 03, 2017

Top 7 Life Hacks for Cleaning Windows and Patio Doors

by Joann Whetstine

Keeping your windows and patio doors clean doesn’t have to be a chore! We’re happy to share with you 7 quick and easy “life hacks” to help make the process a lot more fun. We think you’ll find it simple follow along and if you need the recipes and a list of items, we’ve included them below. If we can do it, we know you can too. Happy cleaning!

  1. Lint Roll the Curtains
    • You’ll need a tape roller to get fluff, dirt and pet hair off your curtains or blinds.
  2. Make your own Steak-Free Window Cleaner
    • Start with a spray bottle, add the 3 items below and shake:
      • 2 cups water
      • ¼ cup vinegar
      • ½ tsp dish soap
  3. Clean Wooden Blinds
    • Here’s what you’ll need:
      • Microfiber cloths
      • Rubber bands (2 or 4)
      • Tongs
      • The Streak-free window cleaning spray from hack #2
    • Wrap the cloths around the end of the tongs and secure with the rubber bands. Spray the cloths and insert the tongs into the wooden blinds. Press the ends together and pull back and forth to clean.
  4. Clean the Sill
    • Start by sprinkling some baking soda in the track
    • Spray the baking soda with vinegar and be sure to let it bubble
    • Take a clean, foam brush and scrub away the dirt
    • Rinse with water
    • Wipe the sill with a towel
  5. Vacuum the Track
    • Use a small vacuum, or canister style vacuum with a wand attachment, to remove dirt from the track of your patio doors or windows.
  6. Lint Roll the Screen
    • Use your tape roller to remove dust and dirt from the inside or outside of the screen. You can leave the screen in place, or remove it. Whichever is easier for you.
  7. Extend Your Reach
    • If you have second or third story windows and find it challenging to clean the exterior, you’ll love this idea to extend your reach.
      • Take your dry mop wand
      • Add paper towels to the flat end and press them into the holes, or, secure with some tape.
      • Spray the paper town with the streak-free window cleaning spray you made in hack #2
      • Let dry and enjoy a beautiful view! (And, don’t forget to pet your cat and relax when done.)

Relax and enjoy your view out of a clean window

Want to learn more? See our other DIY video tips for keeping your Milgard Window and Patio Doors working and looking their best. 

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Cleaning tips

I like the idea of using a canister style vacuum in to remove the dust and dirt on and around your windows. We will also follow all your tips.

Thank you for your tips

Thank you for your tip to use a small vacuum to clean out the track of your patio door. I have a screen door leading to my patio and it seems to always be dirty.

Cleaning hacks

Your cleaning hacks are awesome! Great work, thanks for sharing.

Window cleaning

I appreciated that you can use some baking soda in order to clean the window sill. Recently I have decided to ass a new glass door to my home and I need to make sure I know how to keep it clean. It would be awesome to maintain it the right way because it will lead to my patio and I would like to host people there.

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