Mother is a fanatical cleaner of windows. Well, she is a fanatical cleaner all round, but the thing about windows is that they often get overlooked even when the rest of the house is sparkling. I remember when I lived in a lovely little cottage in the south-west of Scotland. Knowing that my parents were visiting the next day, I cleaned for all I was worth. The house was sparkling. The garden was neat and weed-free. Even the edges of the lawn were trimmed. Then, when my mother arrived, she fell into a kind of despondency, for there was nothing for her to do. Fortunately for her sense of usefulness, she eventually established that I had not washed the windows, and proceeded to do so, and so the proper mother-daughter hierarchy was restored. I learned from that occasion always to leave one task undone when she was visiting - usually the edges of the lawn!
In my previous house (not the quaint little cottage, but a modern bungalow with huge picture-windows), the window cleaner turned up monthly and charge £8 a time. It occurs to me therefore, that cleaning the windows oneself would be a good saving. They don't actually need done monthly in my opinion - the window cleaner was milking it a bit there - but maybe they should be tackled about once every three months. Forget fancy window-cleaning solutions: there is nothing wrong with a sponge, hot water, and good old-fashioned washing up liquid for the initial wipe over, especially for the outside. If the windows are large, there is probably no alternative to investing in proper window-cleaning sponges- and wipers-on-a-pole, but these have to be cheaper than £8 a month.
However, if you stick to the cheaper water-and-soap method, you will definitely need to do some polishing. For this, my mother swears by a new discovery: the E-cloth, which I can confirm really does work. But if the budget doesn't quite stretch to this, then there is a yet cheaper solution. Dilute about 1 part distilled white vinegar in 6-8 parts water (this site has some useful instructions). Spritz it on the glass with a spray bottle, or just wipe it over with a separate cloth. Then grab a handful of crumpled newspaper, and dry the window with it. This was an old trick from my waitressing days that we used to use on the glass doors in the restaurant, and it results it a lovely shiny finish. I was told then that the cleaning effect is due to the ink in the newspaper reacting with the vinegar in some way: I suspect this is nonsense, but it works anyway. Although be warned: your windows will indeed be lovely and clean, but your hands will be filthy with ink.
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