7 Window Cleaning Tips For That Special Sparkle

A sparkling window is the desire of everyone. Clean, bright shiny windows add a new look to every house. Like furniture, windows require their own cleaning methodology to keep them looking new and tidy. Here are 7 simple ideas to give your windows a marvellous shine.

1) Ensure that you dry your windows in one direction – leftwards or rightwards. Mixing the direction will leave unpleasant streaks on the glass and make it look untidy.

2) Before you wipe the window glass, remove all dust from the windows so that in applying a wet cloth, you do not leave mud on the window. Water and dust will form mud.

3) If you are cleaning window sills, rub the whole surface with a damp cloth sprayed with alcohol so that all the spots will clear off for a beautiful shine.

4) Windows are very sensitive to dirt. You should therefore apply only clean water in cleaning windows and in cases where you use damp cloth, use only clean cloths.

5) If the glass is greasy or smoky, apply some vinegar to the water before you clean the window. Vinegar removes grease without leaving streaks or stains.

6) When cleaning windows which are beyond the reach of your hand, use a step ladder if the height is medium or use a regular ladder if quite high. Always ensure that the safety clip is on and if possible, get someone to hold the base of the ladder for safety reasons.

7) Sprays are convenient to use than buckets of water. In cleaning windows of considerable heights, try to use sprays instead of buckets of water as they can spill and you will have to do everything again. The sheer weight and burden will get you tired easily.

Getting a window to shine is an easy task. All you need is the above window cleaning tips.

Sometimes, though, just having clean windows isn’t enough. If your windows are drafty and don’t keep the weather outside where it belongs, it may be time to call us. CLICK HERE to get a free copy of our Windows Information Kit, and see how Lifestyle Lifetime Replacement Windows can improve the look, comfort, and efficiency of your home.

Video Post: Window Installation in Ontario (step by step)

If you’ve been looking to have a new window installed in your Ontario home, but are worried about the mess, disruption, and possibly having a gaping hole in your wall, this video from Lifestyle Home Products will show you step-by-step how the process actually works. Nothing happens to your home until our quality, high-efficiency windows are completely manufactured in our Peterborough facility and ready to install. Once the team is on site, the installation process can take from a few hours to a couple of days — in which case any opening is completely covered to prevent drafts and cold and heat loss.

We know it’s your home, and we won’t leave it exposed to the elements!

Watch the video below to see just how quick and efficient our installation really is:

To talk to a trained professional installer and get a free quote on replacement windows in Ontario, CONTACT US. We’ll be happy to talk you through the process, show you our industry-leading high-efficiency window technology, and work with you to get the best value for your home.

Canada: Home of the North American Energy Pig

Well, it’s official. We are officially the biggest energy-wasting country in North America. Hold your applause. That’s a bad thing. The optimists would say, “But hey, at least there are seven other countries that are worse energy pigs than we are.” That’s one way of looking at the oil barrel as being half full.

A study released this week by OilPrice.com revealed that Canada (at a whopping 7333 kilograms of oil equivalent (KOE) energy per capita) is the  eighth biggest energy glutton country in the world, ahead of the United States, who took the number nine slot with 6793 KOE.

Here’s the breakdown:

8.    Canada – 7,333 kg. Oh, Canada. Kind, peace-loving Canadians certainly love their cars, along with space heaters, hot tubs and other energy-sucking toys. But while many equate Canada’s energy sector with the oil sands, it is, in fact, other forms of energy that account for the lion’s share of consumption. EcoSpark published a pie chart showing over half (57.6 percent) of Canada’s electricity comes from hydro, with coal the second most popular choice at 18 percent. Nuclear is third (14.6 percent), with oil and gas comprising just 6.3 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

With hydro rates and gas prices here at an all-time high, and analysts predicting that energy and heating prices will continue to rise as this anticipated long, hard winter progresses, saving on our energy bills should be our number one priority.

Here are five ways you can lower your power and heating bills during the big chill thats on the way:

5. Buy (and use) a programmable thermostat that lowers the temperature in rooms that you don’t use at certain times of day and night. Here’s what Natural Resources Canada suggests when it comes to programming for your lifestyle.

4.  Upgrade your home’s insulation and draft prevention. Sometimes simply using Tuck Tape to seal your vapour barrier under your door and window trim can make a huge difference. Another great product for stopping unwanted drafts are switch and wall plate insulator kits. The key is to make sure that the relentless blowing winter wind doesn’t make it inside your house.

3. Use timers and motion sensor switches to turn off lights when nobody is in the room. These products have become much more affordable and efficient over the past several years. They are WAY easier than lecturing your children about the cost of electricity four or five times a day, that’s for sure.

2. Plan showers, laundry, and dishes for non-peak hours. Showering before 7 am and setting your washer, dryer, and dishwasher to cycle after 7 pm will make a noticeable difference on your yearly hydro bills, and you’ll be able to brag to your friends on social media that you’re environmentally responsible.

1. Replace your old windows and entry doors with EnergyStar-certified windows. Make sure they are EnergyStar certified and not just approved. There’s a BIG difference. Energy-certified products are strictly tested yearly for program compliance. A sample of approved or qualified products are tested once. All of our doors, windows, and sunrooms are EnergyStar certified.

Clean Your Windows Like a Pro

With autumn officially in full swing, it’s time to *gulp* clean our windows one more time before things get cold and frozen. Cleaning your windows can be somewhat time consuming, but if done correctly it doesn’t have to be.

We’re often asked by customers when the best time is to clean the exterior side of their windows, and we say that, although it really depends on your surroundings (i.e. if your kids like to splash in your flower beds outside your windows, or you have a lot of dusty wind where you live), twice should suffice — in the spring and fall.

The next question always seems to be:

“What should I use on them to clean them?”

We went with an expert on the subject, professional cleaner and owner of Time for Me Cleaning in Peterborough, Ontario, Chrystal Russell.

“You really don’t need any of the fancy or expensive commercial cleaners that people typically think they need for the job. I put one small, maybe quarter of a teaspoon squirt of Dawn dishwashing detergent in a clean pail and fill it up with hot water, trying to make as few suds as you can.. That’s it. You can sometimes find Dawn at dollar stores.”

dawn-dish-650x650

The trick though, Russell says is how you clean them.

“Most people use Windex and paper towel. The problem with that is you actually build up static from the friction of the paper towel on the glass,” Russell explains. “Static attracts dirt and dust, which means that your windows look dirty soon after you clean them.”

Instead, she recommends washing them like you would an office or storefront.

“I use a strip or chamois applicator. You can find them in the cleaning or auto detailing section of most hardware stores. They’re great for applying the cleaning solution to the windows evenly and thoroughly, and you can also use it to give a gentle scrub if you have any bugs or leaves stuck to your panes,” Russell says. “I work from the top down in sections and apply the solution with small circular swirls.”

scrubber
(Assorted strip applicators.)

 

To dry them, the veteran cleaner says to try to stay away from using cloths or paper towel, and act fast before your cleaner dries and streaks.

msl_0310_martha_wash_windows_sq-1
(“MARTHA, STOP IT!!”)

 

“Get yourself a decent window squeegee. They’re super easy to use and are fairly inexpensive,” Russell says. “I’m right handed, so when I start, I start with my squeegee sideways in the top left corner of the window and work across to the right, continuing in the opposite direction as I turn the corner to the next section down that’s still wet. If there are any drips or spots your squeegee missed, you can dry them off using a micro fibre cloth. You should be able to do a normal size window in a minute or two and a picture window in two to five minutes.”

windowcleaning
(Author/small child’s interpretation of proper window cleaning method)

To clean the screens, Ms. Russell typically uses the leftover solution, a firm bristle polyester scrub brush, and cleans the screens in the bathtub.

“A soft scrub and a soak and a rinse is all they need. I like to use a shower sprayer if my clients have one. I have a rubber pet sprayer I use that I bought I believe from Walmart, that pressure fits on most bathtub spigots. It comes in handy. If you don’t have a handheld shower sprayer head, do yourself a favour and pick one up. A bit of water pressure makes a big difference and saves time when rinsing. Once the screens have drip dried, I pat them dry a bit and wrap them in an old towel and bring them outside to dry before I put them back on.”

Well, there you have it, cleaning windows doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal like we all make it out to be.

Lifestyle windows are sleek, fully enclosed, and easy to take apart for cleaning. Our products are EnergyStar certified and come with a comprehensive warranty.