By Gates Dearen
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For centuries, numerous world cultures have had annual spring cleaning rituals, some of which precede important spring holidays.
Now roll up your sleeves and let’s get started.
Window Cleaning: No "Pane," No Gain
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Always start with your exterior windowsills and frames first. Begin by brushing them with a soft brush to dislodge dirt and grime. In general, you should always start by dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming away any dirt and dust before you attack it with a wet cloth. Then grab a large sponge with a solution of one part hot water (wear gloves!) and one part white vinegar. I believe it was in the “Farmer’s Almanac” where I first read you shouldn’t clean your exterior windows in direct sunlight. Why? The sun will dry and evaporate the cleaner before you can wipe it away, creating streaks. That said, finish by pulling a squeegee vertically down your window panes in long, overlapping movements. Another way to avoid streaking is to clean windows with vertical strokes on one side and horizontal on the other, which allows you to better see which of the two sides has the streaks, if any, thus avoiding having to repeat the process both inside and out. About that squeegee: If you have very tall windows, you can find models that can take extension handles so you can easily reach the higher parts of your windows. If you have a multi-level home, follow common safety procedures when using your ladder. Before you begin this process on the inside, make certain to lay old towels along the windowsills to catch any drips.
Leading With Blinds
Don’t forget that twice a year, you should wipe your wooden blinds with a few drops of gentle wood cleaner you’ve dabbed onto an almost dry sponge. Wash your aluminum blinds outdoors. It’s best to place them on a surface that slants, and scrub them with water and a noncorrosive cleaner. Use a hose with decent water pressure to rinse well and make certain you dry them thoroughly to prevent rust. Yes you can get drying help from the sun.
Doorways to Havens
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Forget the Hardware? Hardly!
To create a spectacular shiny look, use a brass or steel polish on your door’s hardware. Follow the directions on the container and make certain you’ve wiped away all the polish when finished.
Gates Dearen is the co-owner of HomeRite Windows and Doors in Jacksonville, Florida. Owners Dearen and Richard Walden have been serving the building products industry in
for over 25 years. They know the products, the industry, the market
and what adds real value to a home. Their approach is a little different.
They strive to match the homeowner with the right windows and
doors for their home and budget. They know home improvements can be a
hassle. They aim to provide high-value choices and money saving options with
first-rate, energy efficient products; affordable prices; and expert,
award-winning installation employing the best, time-proven
practices with personnel who respect your home as if it were their own. Florida