Spring Cleaning

Your Bedroom Window Needs a Deep Clean — Here’s How to Do It

published Apr 1, 2021
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The window in your bedroom really does a lot for you. Letting cold air in through a crack to keep you from being sweat out by your radiator. Letting the sun in on a weekend morning to gently wake you up. Or, if you love your blackout curtains, keeping that whole sun thing from ruining your slumber.

Your bedroom window (and all its dressings) is a simple, unappreciated tool in keeping you comfortable while you sleep. Today is the day we pay it some love back.

Here we go…

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Day 18: Clean windows and window dressings in the bedroom.

If you’ll remember, we split up our window cleaning between the living room and the bedroom — well, this is that “part two” I talked about.

I’m going to re-share those instructions from living room day for your convenience right here:

  • Clean your curtains. You can remove them from the window and toss them in the wash, if they’re machine washable (read the tag!). Or leave them to soak in an oxygen bleach bath in the sink or tub before hanging them back up to dry at the end of today’s assignment. Or, if you have a clothes steamer, you can steam them in place. Just do something to refresh and clean the curtains.
  • Clean your blinds. Window blinds are so intricate and get so dusty. My favorite way to clean them is with a dusting glove (or just pull a sock over your hand), gripping and wiping each slat.
  • Clean the window glass. Use a store-bought glass cleaner, or equal parts white vinegar and water, and spray all over your windows. Then wipe with a lint-free microfiber cloth. Do a second pass with a totally dry cloth, and use pressure to get a streak-free shine. If you’re able, clean the outside of the windows as well.
  • Clean window tracks. With the windows open, vacuum your window tracks. Then grab a detail brush or an old toothbrush and scrub away at the tracks and other hardware around your windows. Apply your favorite all-purpose cleaner as needed until the tracks and hardware look clean.

Now you can sleep soundly knowing your windows are sparkling clean.

Taryn's Tips

If you have a garment steamer at home, that’s a great tool for freshening up and deodorizing fabric window treatments. You’d be surprised how much cleaner the room smells and feels!

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