How To Take Care Of Your Glass: And 6 Other Home Cleaning Tips & Tricks

There’s nothing worse than cleaning a whole house only to look over to see streaks still covering all the glass windows, doors and mirrors. Here are ways to ensure streak free clean glass along with 6 other tips & tricks for a truly clean home.

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Streak Free Glass

  • Say no to paper towel and cotton rags. The best option when cleaning glass is to use either newspaper or microfiber cloths.
  • Make sure to work from the top to the bottom.
  • Use cotton swabs for hard to reach corners.
  • Try making your own glass cleaner formula by mixing 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to work quickly! The longer the cleaner sits the more streaks you will find.

6 Other Cleaning Tips & Tricks

  1. Keep you baseboards clean by taking a dryer sheet to them.
  2. Clean the stove top like never before by using a mixture of Dawn dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Pour vinegar into a plastic bag and secure it over the shower head to unclog it and make it shine like new.
  4. Use a squeegee to get pet hair and lint out of couches and carpets.
  5. Clean window screens by rubbing a lint roller over them.
  6. Use a lemon to remove any hard water stains on faucets and shower fixtures.

With these tips & tricks your home will be cleaner than ever before.

Clean Interior Windows in Time for Thanksgiving

The decorations are up, the turkey is in the oven and the table is set, you are finally ready for you guest to arrive. Just as you get a moment to relax, you notice little hand and nose prints on the windows. Don’t worry, just follow our easy tips to get clean interior windows before your friends and family arrive.

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First, start by gathering all the necessary supplies:

  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Dishrag
  • Squeegee

Start by removing the dust off the frame with a dry dishrag.

Next, Fill the bucket with warm water and a drop of a dish soap of your choice. Take the clean sponge and soak it in the water and then wring it out. Starting in the upper corner, take the sponge and glide it along the window making a zigzag motion until you have reached the bottom.

Then, take your squeegee and again starting in the upper corner, move the squeegee from one side to the next removing the water. Each time you lift the squeegee, dry it off with your dishrag.

Just like that, you have clean windows in time for Thanksgiving. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving from your neighbors at Glass Express!

Spring Clean – Clean Windows Too!

I don’t know about you, but I love Spring cleaning. I love opening up an overstuffed closet or a cluttered drawer and letting the purge begin. I like looking into dark corners and high spaces that are usually neglected or at least not scrutinized and giving them the deep cleaning attention they deserve. Windows have a tendency to fall into this category of an area of your home that could be overlooked for a season, but all of the sudden the sun is shining a bit more brightly and you notice all the build up they’ve collected now that hibernating season is over. Giving your windows a deep Spring cleaning will make you feel a sense of accomplishment and will leave your house looking great.

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Rain itself does not make windows dirty. Windows get dirty from dirt. Dirt, pollen, and dust build up on your windows and the rain splatters it around making spots. The best way to clean windows is with lukewarm soapy water and a squeegee. The fewer bubbles the better. Wash the windows and immediately use the squeegee in the top corner pulling down in an S pattern to remove the soapy residue. Clean the squeegee after every swipe with a dry cloth. After removing most of the soap solution, go over the corners of your window with another dry microfiber cloth. It’s best to wash windows on an overcast day. If the sun is too hot, the suds have a tendency to dry quicker than you can clean them off, leaving streak marks.

For those of you who don’t have the time to do the cleaning yourself, there are professional window cleaners out there. Make the call and schedule an appointment to have the work done for you. If you can afford this route, all the more power to you. For those of you who will be doing the work yourself, set realistic goals. There are a lot of windows in your home. Keeping the workload manageable by deciding to do the inside windows on one occasion and the outside windows on another. Or break up your home by sides, do the entire front of the house windows inside and out, before you move to the sides and rear of your home.

When cleaning your windows this year for Spring, remember there’s nothing like being completely at ease with your living space and even a little proud of what you’ve done to beautify your home. Satisfaction from a job well done is a great feeling. Now’s the time to throw off whatever clings to you and your home from winter and move into a brighter cleaner Spring!

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Tips

Is Your Kitchen Ready for the Spring?

Spring is finally here. And you know what means… spring cleaning time. Most people only clean the obvious area: bedroom, garage, and bathroom. But what about your kitchen? Is your kitchen ready for the spring? Here at Glass Express Inc. we have decided to bring you tips on how to prepare your kitchen.

  1. Start With the Freezer – You will first want to start by turning your freezer off by unplugging it and letting it defrost. Once it has defrosted, remove all contents of the freezer and start your cleaning. Clean the freezer with a solution of one tablespoon of baking soda per one quart of hot water.
  2. Clean the Stove and Oven – The next step is to get your oven and stove gleaming. Remove all of the burners and knobs and soak them in vinegar. This will loosen all of the dirt and grime that has been building up all winter. Wipe down your entire stove and oven. Then make sure you rinse your burners and knobs off completely before putting them back on.
  3. Make Your Refrigerator Efficient – You will next want to focus on your refrigerator. Try to move it from against the wall in order to be able to to sweep behind it. Next, remove the grill and clean the coils. Doing this will allow you to boost your energy output and allow you to save money in the long run.
  4. Make Your Floors Shine – You will want to finish up with your floors. Make sure you start by sweeping up all of the dust, dirt, and debris. Finish up by mopping with a damp mop and natural floor cleaner.

If you want more tips on how to make sure your kitchen is ready for the spring, click here: Kitchen Spring Cleaning Tips.

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How to Properly Clean Glass Windows

Cleaning glass windows – a task no one really likes to do but must be done. But how do you clean glass windows correctly and without streaks? Glass Express has the answers for you. Check out these tips we found on TLC on how to properly clean glass windows:

1. Use Distilled Water
Do you know what’s in your water? Neither do most people, but most times it doesn’t matter. When it comes to cleaning your windows, you should be concerned. Using hard water can leave streaks on your glass windows and mirrors.

2.  Vinegar can Help
Vinegar is one of those all-purpose ingredients that’s tough to live without. It’s as great on a salad as it is on your mirrors. Vinegar can do wonders for your windows and mirrors. A vinegar-water solution (50/50) work great. Just spray and wipe it away as you would with any other cleaner.

3. Minimize Suds
Cleaning with a bunch of suds will leave your glass full of streaks. If you are using vinegar, this shouldn’t be much of a problem; however, if you have a really dirty mirror and you want use soap to clean it, use very little.

4. Stay Away From Paper Towels
Paper towels should never be used to clean windows, mirrors, tabletops, or any type of glass at all. Paper towels leave behind dreadful, linty streaks. A microfiber cloth should be used instead.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Bathroom

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means, Spring Cleaning! Sometimes spring cleaning can be overwhelming and you may have a hard time determining where to start. Well why not start with the bathroom? Here at Glass Express, we decided to research the best spring cleaning tips for your bathroom. Enjoy!

Tip 1: Clean out the Cupboards
The first step is to clean out your cupboards. Take everything out of your cupboards and get organized. Throw away any expired lotion, sprays, deodorants, hair accessories, etc. Place everything back else in the cupboard, organized by product, then by products most used.

Tip 2: Get to Cleaning
Once you have cleaned the cupboards, it’s time to start cleaning the bathroom. It’s best to start with the bathtub and work your way around. A toothbrush should be used to clean the grout in the shower. Next clean the mirror, shower doors, and countertops.

Tip 3: Make it Fancy
After you have organized your cupboards and cleaned, it is now time to make your bathroom comfortable and relaxing. Start by lighting a candle and place it on the lid of the toilet or on the counter (make sure there are no towels near the flame). Next, add soft lighting. Bathroom lighting should not be extremely bright.

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