The best way to clean windows is not with a commercially prepared window cleaning solution, but with dish soap and water. You also need a single-edge razor, a window scrubber, a squeegee, a chamois, a bucket and old rags.Continue Reading
Fill a bucket with warm water and add a squirt of dish soap. Mix the liquids, but try to avoid making excess suds.
Dip the scrubber into the solution, and squeeze most of the liquid back into the bucket. If your windows have small panes, use a sponge instead of the scrubber. Apply the solution to the windows.
Use the squeegee to wipe down the windows and remove the soap suds. Start at the top left and make a reverse "S" pattern. Wipe the blade of the squeegee clean at the end of each stroke. When finished with the squeegee, use the chamois to dry the edges of the window. Wipe the windowsill using old towels. For small-pane windows, purchase a squeegee to fit the panes.
If spots remain after cleaning, use a single-edge razor blade as a scraper to remove the material to avoid scrubbing. Scrape while the window is still wet, and use caution, as the blade is sharp. Wipe the area with the chamois to polish the glass.
Before removing a window, it should be measured and a replacement ordered. When the replacement arrives the old window is removed and the new one installed. If just the glass is damaged it can be less work to just replace the glass.Full Answer >
To caulk around a window, scrape off old caulking with a putty knife, and clean the surface of any remaining caulking. Prepare a caulking gun for use, place the tip of the gun on the edge between the window and the wall, and compress the handle of the caulking gun to produce a steady stream of caulk. Move the gun along the window until the entire perimeter is sealed with caulk.Full Answer >
To repair a foggy insulated window, measure and adjust the humidity in the affected area, replace damaged caulk and weather stripping, and cover the window with clear plastic sheeting. To complete this task you need a hygrometer, a putty knife, latex caulk, a caulk gun, weather stripping, tape and clear plastic sheeting.Full Answer >
To measure windows for replacement, measure the width of the window between the jambs at the top, middle and bottom, and use the smallest measurement. Measure the height at the left, right and center of the window. Be sure to measure from the surface of the jambs, not from the extensions that hold the window. Measure the depth at the shortest point, and if you can't open the window, measure the width on the inside and multiply it by two.Full Answer >