Save Money with These Four Alternative Ways To Clean Windows

How to Save money on window cleaning

While the most convenient means of making your windows squeaky clean is by using a commercial cleaner, there are still other options that can either save you some cash or spare you some help whenever you ran out of that cleaning liquid from the market.

cleaning a window

In this article, we’ve listed four alternatives we can easily find in our pantries. There are many tips available for different cleaning methods. If you are interested in other methods of natural cleaning like furniture cleaning, carpet cleaning, floor washing and hard wood floor waxing and polishing and how to clean new blinds and shades in the home then read my blog for more ideas on how to best clean your home using natural products.

1. Vinegar

If you would like to remove the entire residue left on your windows by other cleaning agents, use half a teaspoon of liquid soap and quarter cup of white vinegar mixed with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Splash some on your windows then wipe off.

You can also skip the soap during regular window cleaning, leaving a vinegar and water mixture. For notably dirty windows, try boiling white vinegar then use it without water or soap when removing tough stains and dirt.

2. Ammonia

If you want something more potent in cleaning than vinegar, go for ammonia, which is an active ingredient in commercial window cleaners. Mix one tablespoon for every gallon of water. Use a spray bottle for easy application.

3. Lemon

If you want to remove tough stains on smaller windows but don’t have ammonia handy, use some lemon. Slice a fruit and remove all the seeds. Then scrub it directly to the dirty spots in a circular motion.

4. Rubbing Alcohol for Small Areas

Heads up, this is only cost-efficient when working with smaller window areas or for stubborn stains, dirt, or paint. Use rubbing alcohol on the target area and wipe it with a lint-free cloth.

Having clean windows doesn’t have to be expensive. You can always try these options whenever you run out of your commercial cleaner. Go natural, save money, and conserve water.

The Two Common Types of Windows For Any Home Explained

The Two Best Types of Windows for your home.

When making a window replacement, there are two usual types that any DIY enthusiast can do. With the right tools, it should be an easy yet tricky job.

Before making any window replacement or installation, allow me to give you some insights on these window types. If you are in a hurry and looking for someone to give you a free estimate on replacement windows you could try Window Repair Near Me or if you are in their service area you could try Champion Window,t hey have a lot of locations around the United States. If you want to learn a little more before you make a decision on where to purchase your new windows then keep reading.

Insert Windows

glass window insert brand new

We recommend the use of this window type when conserving the original interior and exterior window trim, exterior siding, and interior casings in such occasions where original window frame is still in good condition. Remember to remove the window stops and the lower and upper sash when removing the old windows during replacement.

Insert windows are installed directly to the existing window frames, minimizing changes to your home. You’ll know it is okay to use insert windows when:

  • The window frame is solid and not out of square.
  • You want to replace a damaged window with a new window of the same size without making changes to the frame and trim.

Full-Frame Windows

fullframe double hung window

When you wanted to install a new window with a different size and shape, would like to replace decayed window frame completely, or plans to change the interior and exterior trims, go for the full-frame.

We can treat full-frame replacement as new window installations because we remove the entire frames and sash. There are different designs to choose from, which includes double-hung, awning, and specialty windows.

You know it’s time to get a full-frame window when:

  • You notice decay in the window casing, frame, or trim and is already out-of-square.
  • You would like to change the size and shape of your existing windows.

Remember to remove the window stops, lower and upper sash, trims, casings, sill, and frame when replacing the old window.

11 Steps To Replacing Your Old Windows At Home On Your Own

How to Replace your old windows at home

Are you ready to throw your old, rotting window out and install a replacement? Here are a few tips that can give you a breezy and inexpensive DIY window installation.

tools for replacing old windows

1. Grab the Right Equipment

To mention a few, here is a list of tools that will help from start to finish:

  • Caulk Gun
  • Crowbar
  • Hammer
  • Insulator / Foam
  • Sealant
  • Tape measure

2. Measure

To start, measure the width, length and height of the old window so you can get the right size from the store. Leave the window open but be mindful of debris that may fall out.

3. Pull The Stops

Pull the Stops off slowly with a crowbar to expose the sash. If you are reusing these stops, be careful not to crack or damage them.

4. Use That Crowbar

With the stops out of the way, insert the crowbar into the tracks or guide where the sash slides up and down. Pull both of the sides out and once they’re loose, grab the sash with your hands and slowly bring it down.

If this task has started to look a bit daunting to you then you might want to find a window replacement specialist from a glass company specialist near you.

hammering a nail in a wood board

5. Pull The Hooks

Once the sash is out, you’ll find strings situated at the top part of the window, go ahead and pull them out along with their hooks.

6. Again

Repeat the same process. There should be another line of stops and upper sash that needs to be removed. Be careful not to damage the window frame where the replacement window will sit.

7. Clean Up

Now that you have everything out clear the frame from nails, hooks, or any debris that can get in the way during installation of the replacement window.

8. Seal

Seal the back of the front stops using a caulk gun. While holding it in a 45-degree angle, squeeze the trigger as you run the gun along the back of the stop. Let it dry for a few minutes.

9. Insulation

The top of your window will come with an expander. Before putting this in place, run the insulating foam and stick it to the top of the window. Any large holes in the window frame should be insulated too.

10. Replace It

Now it’s time to bring the replacement window up. Situate the bottom ahead of the rest and push it into place. Make sure the new sashes slide up and down correctly. Screw it tightly and run the sealant on the sides.

11. Finale

Return the old stops and nail them into place. After which, seal the sides, and you’re done.

cleaning glass in a window frame

Good luck!