Don't Forget Your Window Sills
When homeowners think of either cleaning their windows themselves or having their windows cleaned by a professional very few of them will actually think of anything but the glass within their windows. In reality however a window is more than just the glass occupies an open space and instead incorporates its borders as well as windowsills. Windowsills often go overlooked by lay persons when they clean their windows themselves and by some less than reputable professionals.
They Get Dirty Too
The cleaning of windowsills may occur at the same time that windows are cleaned but the process of cleaning them requires different tools and even chemicals. Windowsills are often neglected and can feature caked on dirt, stains from fruit drinks, a dingy yellow from cigarettes, and fly and insect carcasses. While some of these things can easily be wiped away with a paper towel or dry cloth others require a bit more gumption.
Cracks And Crevices
Some homeowners may attempt to dust their windowsills when all that is present is a little bit of dust. While this works for the easy to reach flat areas on a window sill, corners and crevices can pose a problem. In cases like this it behooves homeowners to contact a professional window cleaner for assistance, especially when it's more than dust stuck in these cracks and crevices. Without specific knowledge of tools used to clean these areas homeowners will likely be unable to clean their windowsills adequately or without damaging them.
Dirty Window Tracks
Although not technically part of a window sill window tracks are almost always adjacent to windowsills and require just as much love and care as sills do. Even more so than windowsills, window tracks are a haven for dead spiders, flies, insects, dirt, mud, and even small bits of refuse. So how does one go about cleaning their window tracks effectively? Homeowners can utilize a wide variety of different tools and techniques to clean their window tracks but the easiest and often most effective tool is a vacuum with a hose attachment. Homeowners may want to use a shop vac rather than the vacuum they use on the living room floor if only because shop vac's have more powerful suction. For stubbornly dirty window tracks homeowners can utilize bristle brushes though it is wise to shy away from metal brushes and stick with nylon. Homeowners can even utilize bucket of warm water which contain dish detergent to remove the most difficult of stains and dirt from window tracks. Of course for those window tracks which appear to be irreparable or un-cleanable a homeowner need only to use a butter or putty knife to clean the crevices inside the track. Homeowners need to remember however that any knife used for such a task should be wrapped in a rag so as to avoid damaging their window tracks.
Window aprons are not often given much consideration nor are they ever thought of as part of a window sill. They are however and they do require just as much care as any window sill or track. Window aprons can be cleaned effectively by utilizing a vacuum with some sort of bristle attachment, preferably soft, and some damp rags. In most scenarios a simple vacuuming and a soft cloth with some warm water will be enough to remove any dirt and dust that may have become caked on. In extreme cases however rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs may be needed to remove debris from problem areas. Any individuals that run into such problems are advised to contact a professional window cleaner to avoid damaging their window aprons.
For Those Tough Windowsills
Keeping windowsills, tracks, and aprons clean usually takes no more than a few moments of an individual's time but goes a long way in making a window and even the room they occupy a little warmer and kempt. Homeowners who find themselves facing a window sill, track, or apron that they are unable to clean effectively should consider at lease consulting with a professional window cleaner to find out if there are any safe alternative methods for cleaning the problem areas. Of course hiring a professional window cleaner outright doesn't hurt either as they possess both the knowledge and the tools to clean even the dirtiest of windowsills, aprons, and tracks with relative ease.