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How to Wash Windows (the Right Way)

Washing windows – it doesn’t get much easier than that, right? Well, the awesome news is that it gets easier than you’re probably doing it now, and cheaper, too. For most of you, it’s safe to assume that you fall into the majority when it comes to your window-washing method: 1) Take bottle with blue store-bought window cleaner, 2) spray on window, 3) wipe with paper towel and 4) wonder how you screwed it up, because there are streaks <em>everywhere</em>. You’re not alone, and just to put your mind at rest, rubbing it more will not help. What <em>will</em> help, though, is picking up the right tools for the job, which will save you money and time in the long run. <strong>1. Dish Soap</strong> This is the secret ingredient and we’re putting it right up front so you can stop reading now if you want. Mix a little mild dish soap and hot water together and you’ve got a window-washing solution that is far superior to anything else you could buy for the money. <strong>2. Lamb’s-Wool Scrubber</strong> Microfiber may work just as well, but the idea is to get away from paper towels or cloths (or, heaven forfend, newspapers!) that will leave streaks, lint and other debris on the window as you’re trying to clean it. Lamb’s wool will pick up dirt instead of leaving it behind. <strong>3. Squeegee</strong> Again, the idea is to avoid rubbing the glass with things that will leave a mark. A squeegee will easily and quickly remove excess water to leave behind the streak-free shine so many have promised, but so few have delivered. <strong>4. Clean Cloth</strong> This is just for sopping up the water at the edges that the squeegee leaves behind! Don’t be tempted to “touch up” with it – you’ll just leave a streak. <strong>To Clean: </strong>Add a few squirts of dish soap to a buck of hot water; swirl until sudsy. Dip your scrubber in to get it wet then scrub the window, both vertically and horizontally. Once scrubbed, use the squeegee in a side-to-side pattern from the top to bottom. Finally, sop up the excess water from the edges, step back and admire that streak-free shine. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips will have your windows sparkling in no time.
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