Cleaning windows and shades 

Cleaning windows and shades

There's a scientific way of doing most housekeeping jobs, even such good old springtime chores as washing windows. There are easy ways and hard ways to make windows clean and shining. There are also inefficient and efficient ways. For most windows, there's probably nothing better than clear warm water with a few drops of ammonia or denatured alcohol added.

Alcohol helps especially if there's a. film of on the glass as there frequently is on kitchen windows. What to apply the washing water with? Several things will do the job well. Chamois, for example. The big point in favor of this material is that there's no lint in it to come off on the glass. It's a good idea to have two pieces of chamois — one for washing and one for drying.

 for chamois hardens when it' s dry and only becomes soft again when you moisten it. If you don't use chamois, choose some soft, lintless cloth. But avoid torn-off pieces because they fray off and leave threads and lint on the pane. I remember making a brave attempt, once upon a time, to polish some windows with some soft old pieces of linen. It tool: me most of the day to finish one window. Every time I went over the pane with the cloth, I covered the glass anew with lint. One more point. Except when you are washing very small panes of glass, use a large enough piece of cloth or chamois to make a good, generous handful.

YOU'LL find this size most convenient and time-saving.

 Did you ever notice professional window cleaners at work on the show windows of stores? Many housewives would profit by stopping a minute in their shopping to watch them. Did you ever notice the strip of rubber they use for wiping down the moisture? That's called a " squeegee 1 a cute little name that just suits this tool, I think. It's a simple and very handy device, saves "both time and strength, and, fortunately, it's now made in small sizes for household use. But. there's a trick about using it. You have to hold it very firmly against the pane and draw it down with an even stroke. At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee off with a cloth held in the left hand, so it will be clean for the next space.

One of these squeegees and a sponge make a very handy pair for producing spotless, shining windows. You can use the sponge, you see, both for washing the pane and for wiping the moisture from the squeegee. And at the end of the cleaning, all you have to do is to squeeze out the sponge and the job is done. Ho cloths to wipe off and dry afterward. Some people like to clean windows with fine friction pastes or powders that are put on moist and then wiped off-dry. The disadvantage of these materials is that they are likely to make white dust in the room. That's the end of my story about window cleaning. If you know any better way of doing it.

But here' s a postscript to that story. It' s about window shades. Even when the window itself is clear and shining, its immaculate appearance can be spoiled by dirty shades of dirty curtains. Brushing your window shades frequently will help keep them clean. And any soiled spots can often be removed with an art gum or one of the commercial wall-paper cleaners. If you have washable shades in your windows, you are fortunate. They are the easiest to clean. They keep their appearance and last well even in the kitchen or "bathroom where they get treated to a lot of moisture. And they aren't harmed if you happen to leave the window open when a shower comes up and drives some rain in onto them.