Cleaning the windows and screens was on my to-do-list before having my youngest sons graduation party. Cleaning them is always a challenge because of our high ceilings, so this year I called a service to get a price. After hearing it would be $250 to just clean the second story windows I decided I would rather have that money to spend elsewhere and told my boys to go get the ladder. For one hour of time and $3 we had everything on the upper level done, I would say that was a great savings.
The boys decided to start outside first. One washed while the other held the ladder, oh and I supervised of course. I also had them knock down any bees nest that were starting to form in the peaks and we had a bird trying to nest on the trim of one of the high windows. That had to go too, before they started pooping everywhere.
Next they moved inside, where they handed the screen down to me and I had it clean by the time they had washed the window and was ready to put it back into place. While they were at it they also gave the deer a dusting.
Cleaning the windows is the part that everyone knows:
Add a drop of Palmolive to a bucket of water, wash with the soft side of the window washer, and squeegee off the dirt and suds, wipe any drips with a microfiber cloth.
Now here is where the brilliant magic happens:
For the screens I used an Magic Eraser, and it was the best method I have ever tried: Pull the screen out, take it outside, wet Magic Eraser according to the directions, rub eraser from top to bottom (all in one stroke, pick up the eraser at the bottom and start the process again) overlapping your strokes, then reverse and rub from side to side overlapping strokes. Turn screen over and repeat. My screens look just like new and living in the country they’re always getting dirt from neighboring fields collecting in all the little grooves and right now all the dandelion fluff is sticking to them. It doesn’t make much sense to clean windows without cleaning the screens. The first rain will deposit all that screen dust all over your nice clean windows. I do this twice a year and they stay nice and clean.
One more thing checked off my pre graduation party list of things to do.