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Your outdoor windows have probably seen better days, especially if you are a busy household. Dog paws and snotty noses, children's hand prints and mud and dirt are only some of the many things that your windows will see during their life time. Cleaning the outside windows is an easy way to keep your windows shining throughout the year. Clean windows will also help keep your home looking newer for longer and add value to the curb appeal.

If you are coming home to dirty windows every night, then you are constantly reminded of having to do this chore or that you need to make a curtain purchase choice to hide the evidence. And, if you are like most of us, you are probably saying "next weekend" in your head every time you put the key through the door and walk past the dirty window. Make this weekend your 'next weekend' with these simple window cleaning steps.

How to Clean your Outside Windows

First of all, invest in a window cleaner tool. Window cleaning tools have a soft handle, a squeegee and a sponge for easy cleaning and wiping. Window cleaners are sold at any hardware or grocery store and are very inexpensive. They beat using the traditional paper towel and leave your windows with a streak free shine. While purchasing your window cleaner also browse the aisle for excellent window cleaning solution. There are several options to consider but one of the most environmentally friendliest solutions is white vinegar.

Once you have your tools you just need a little bit of time. Start at one part of the house and work your way around. Simply spray the solution and wipe it clean with the window cleaner. The ergonomic handle makes it easy to get every part of the window including the corners and you don't have to worry about making trips to the garage bin to dispose of your paper towel.

For second and third story windows, many renters of homes will invest in a window solution that can be washed off with a hose. Simply spray the solution from the inside by sticking your arms out and then head down the stairs and out the door to your hose. Connect the nozzle onto your hose and spray away the solution for a clean-streak free shine. This is an excellent alternative to using a ladder and spraying each window with Windex. You may choose to use this method of all your windows, including the ones that you can easily reach without a ladder.

Window Cleaning Tips

If your windows have a lot of built up dirt, mould or dried up paint, then it might take a little bit of elbow grease to get this off. You may want to use an old toothbrush to get into the corners and scrub at the really chunky pieces of dirt. A cotton swab will also work well to get into those corners.

If you are really keen on cleaning your windows clean from the outside, you can also polish them after you have washed them with a cotton t-shirt or old rag. Another option is to use a clean blackboard eraser (if you happen to have one lying around) to really make your windows shine.

Once your windows are nice and clean it can be hard to keep them this way; after all, children and dogs love a clean window for their grubby hands and paws. However, with the right product and tools, giving your windows a quick wipe on the inside and the outside is much easier and can easily become part of your weekly window cleaning routine.

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