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Want to get your windows and doors really clean? It’s easier than you think. Follow these simple steps to get your windows and doors looking like new:

How to clean windows and doors
1. Spray on a premixed vinegar-based cleaner or an ammonia-free cleaner.
2. Use horizontal and vertical motions to wipe away the cleaner with a soft, lint-free towel.
3. Wipe up cleaner promptly to keep it from settling into the glass and frame junction, which could potentially weaken the seal.
4. Rinse with clear water if streaks remain after cleaning.

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Cleaning stubborn spots on glass
1. To remove marks from grease, oil, tape, adhesive, crayons or paint, or marks from plastics that may have come into contact with the glass:
2. Apply a small amount of nonabrasive cleaner, to a clean, wet cloth. Or apply a solvent like acetone or mineral spirits to a clean, dry, lint-free microfiber cloth.
3. Rub on the areas of glass that need spot cleaning. Avoid getting cleansers or solvents on the frames as they may discolor the finish.
4. Wipe clean using a clean, dry lint-free cloth.
5. Clean the entire glass surface as explained above.

Cleaning window or door screens
• Use a vacuum with an upholstery brush attachment to remove dust and dirt from the screens.
• For grease spots — typically found in kitchen screens — use a sponge, hot water and a mild detergent.
• For a flat screen, like those found on a window, storm door or patio door, remove the screen and wash with soap and water. Rinse and repeat as needed to clean. Or use a drapery brush attachment on a vacuum.

Cleaning blinds and shades
• For wood blinds, regular dusting will maintain a like-new appearance. When deeper cleaning is needed, vacuum gently with the soft brush attachment.
• For plastic or metal blinds, immerse blinds in a tub of lukewarm water and mild detergent. Rinse with clear water and let air dry before reinstalling.
• For fabric blinds or shades, use a vacuum cleaner with a drapery brush attachment to remove dust. Use a damp cloth to remove smudges, fingerprints, etc.

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For more information or to schedule an in-home consultation, contact your local Philadelphia showroom.