How To: Clean Your Windows

The Oregonian: 04.27.09

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Our windows are totally filthy, and we need to clean them. We don't even want to think about how many cycles of condensation and dust have caked a thin brown film over them, but the important thing is that we're now doing something about it. The Oregonian comes to the rescue with a few tips.

Use Q-tips to clean out the corners. Dip cotton swabs in vinegar to really get the buildup, and rinse with water afterward.

Use socks on your hands to dust. This is a great trick for any dusting job, not just window sills.

Don't nail or screw anything into the window frame. Lights, decorations and window hangings should never be screwed into the frame itself; it could puncture the waterproof channel or cause other damage.

Never use high-pressure spray. We assume that this is intended for the outside of the windows, and even for these, The Oregonian suggests cleaning each window individually, to avoid cracking.

Vacuum the stripping and any screens. The stripping is the edge around the window, on the outside and inside. Vacuuming regularly will prevent you from having to remove anything to really get it clean.

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