Thursday, September 3, 2009

Worthwhile Weekend Project

I grew up around the manufacturing of and eventually sold windows and doors and an often neglected or item that people put off is cleaning their windows and doors.

Picture from stock.xchng user = Henriette downloaded 10/25/05

Last night I ran to Target to get the cheap window cleaner they sell ("Compare to Windex®" - $1.12). I prefer to use a professional grade for obvious reasons but these windows and the patio doors have been long neglected and I was not in the mood to use my expensive window and glass cleaner on their (apartment complex's) property. I don't mind using it for the mirror in the bath because I have to use it to see all my imperfections. Well, okay, my perfections as God had in mind. (grin)

Anyhow, I used up about 1/3 of the 32 oz bottle to get the what seems like years of ick off them. I have two 3'0" x 5'9" windows, a 5'0" patio door, a 7'0" patio door and the tiny kitchen window is 2'0" x 3'0". All of which were nasty as can be. I don't desire to attempt the outside of the one in my bedroom room as there is a spiky juniper tree right in front of it but I did get the inside. That's a lot of window cleaner, not to mention I attacked paint and stain drippings and other odd grossness that needed a razor blade to clean them off. For the five windows and doors minus the exterior of the one, it took me about 2 hours to get them decent. There are years of water stains, scratches from people using the wrong tools to clean and such I can't get off but they are so much better now.

While cleaning windows, patio/garden/french doors and lites in your other doors is kind of a pain in the butt, I recommend using this long weekend (for those in the US) to tackle them. It makes a huge difference in how clean your home feels. I'm glad the apt I am renting is on a bottom floor, sure makes it easier for a lot of reasons but also for me to tackle cleaning the windows.

Besides, Jake likes to leave all kinds of nose prints on the glass around here and that drives me batty. Now if only I would get to cleaning my car with the same enthusiasm.

Here's a pic of Jake from last night:
- a dog's life sure is rough, aint it?

EDIT: Oh and while I am at it:

I think this post sort of fits in with these two:


Go to their sites and check out what other people are up to. Much more imaginative than my post but some good stuff to peruse.

If this particular post isn't what you expected, these two might fit better: this post and this post may tickle your fancy.


  1. Liz, thank you for the info on the Paperclay. I don't remember the blog either but was it the one where the author had used Paperclay to fill in and repair a handle that had broken off a vase or urn? Anyway, I agree that cleaning windows and doors can effect just as great a transformation as painting a room--now all you have to do is train Jake to wield glass cleaner! Enjoy your weekend.

  2. musingegret - Glad to be of help.

    I am not sure where I had found it but it's somewhere in my bookmarks. If I run across it again, I will post a link.

    Oh yeah, cleaning the windows and doors sure made a huge difference. I was laying down watching TV and I could see a huge difference from the window that didn't get cleaned to the patio door that is next to it. Makes me want to tackle that window...spiky bush be damned. ;-)

  3. I agree about window cleaning... but just a hint... A small bucket of warm water with just a few drops of dish washing liquid cleans windows like you wouldn't believe! I clean windows about 10-12 times month. It would cost a fortune in Windex or the store brand.
    You should try it, it really makes life easier.