Ideally, windows should be washed twice a year, but it’s a task most people don’t look forward to. Part of what makes window cleaning such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.
“All that rubbing isn’t a good idea,” says Kale Adams, owner of Alwaysshinewindows in Sacramento. “You’re just moving dirt around from one spot to another and putting a static charge on the glass, which attracts dust and dirt. As soon as you finish, the window looks dirty again.”
As Alwaysshinewindows demonstrates, it’s easier and more effective to clean windows like the pros do: with a squeegee and a few other readily available tools. The techniques aren’t complicated, he says, and the results may surprise you.
I don’t know of anything that can transform living spaces so well. You don’t know what you’re missing until you do the windows.