One of the pitfalls of entertaining during the daylight hours is that the sun can sneak in and reveal “less than clean” windows, as a member of my family couldn’t wait to point out on Thanksgiving Day.
Oh, gee, one more thing to worry about. I live in a 19th farm house with windows so tall, no latter I’ve seen can reach.
Not that I’m so inclined anyway. Besides the grime makes it less likely anyone can see through, right? But I read you can add value to your home just by having sparkly windows, so I looked in the Yellow Pages. The only listing for window washers has a 202 prefix – isn’t that New York?
I made a half-hearted to effort to clean the pains on my French doors but ended up with streaks that looked worse than when I started the project.
Here are a few things I learned:
•Don’t clean windows in direct sunlight: It heats the glass and promotes streaks.
•A 12-inch squeegee is a good size; an 18-incher covers a lot more territory but can be unwieldy. If you have divided light windows with multiple panes, you need a small squeegee to fit inside the grilles. Measure the window before you buy.
•General squeegee nuggets: Make sure the blade is wet when you start; if you stop in the middle of a swipe, you’ll leave a line.
So I guess I’m off to buy a Squeegee – with a 15-foot handle!