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Thanksgiving Prep Tips: How to Clean Windows

November 18, 2020

This is the second of three posts about preparing your home for the holidays. Today’s post will concentrate on how to clean windows, glass, blinds, sills, tracks, and well – windows.

In the first Thanksgiving post, I mentioned that my wife and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving virtually with the children and grandkids. Even though no one will be physically at our home, they’ll still see it, and besides, if our home isn’t shiny, it won’t feel right to us. I’m sure you understand.

Clean windows are important to me. I worked in home remodeling for more than twenty years. I’m a huge fan of tilt-in windows. The first three homes I owned didn’t have tilt-in windows. They had wood double-hung interior windows with aluminum storm windows. They were difficult to clean. I had tilt-in windows installed in my current home. No. More. Ladders.

So anyway, my windows are easy to get to, but they still get dirty. That’s where BKF comes in.

Do you know those water spots that accumulate on the outside pane of glass? The ones that make it difficult to see the fall foliage. Yea, those. BKF to the rescue!

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How to Use BKF to Clean Your Window Glass 

  • Make a paste of Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser and water. Note: Be stingy with the BKF powder. A little dab will do
  • Rub it on the glass and then let it sit for five minutes
  • After five minutes, wipe away the paste with a soft wet cloth or paper towel
  • Shine it clean with a dry rag. I like to use newspaper. If you’re like me and still subscribe to the Indianapolis Sunday Star, before you put it in the recycle bin save some for glass cleaning

Cleaning Window Sills and Sliding Patio Door Tracks

Window and sliding door tracks attract dirt, grime, bugs, and more. Especially the patio door. It seems like people track things into the track! I use BKF  MORE Spray + Foam cleaner to clean away the grime of time that builds up on tracks. If it goes too long it can even interfere with the operation of the window or door.

I’ve tried cleaners that were more Pray and Foam than Spray and Foam. You prayed they would work, which usually meant they didn’t.

BKF Spray and Foam is a citric acid cleaner – tough on stains, and it has two options. For lighter cleaning, set the bottle to spray and move it to the foam setting for more challenging jobs. Either way, you don’t have to pray it will work. It works.

How to use BKF Spay and Foam

Rotate the trigger to the symbol for spray for regular cleaning or foam for deeper cleaning. You’ll find two stops and the two symbols on the trigger. When I’m not sure, I give the trigger a squeeze to test it. Spray from 6 to 8 inches away, rub it thoroughly with a cloth or sponge, and then use a cloth to wipe it dry. It’s that easy. If it’s a stubborn stain, let the foam sit for one minute before rubbing. This gives the citric acid a chance to do its magic.

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Window Blinds

We’re not blind to the fact that window blinds are a pain in the you know what to clean. The bottom rail, headrail, and row after row of two-sided slats were not made to be easy to clean. So, if you’re going to take the time to clean your blinds, you want to do it right the first time. That’s why professional blind cleaners typically charge $20 to $30 per blind.

If you have seven blinds to clean, that adds up to—a lot of money compared to a couple of bucks for BKF products. You could use more than one of our products, but I like spray and foam because if I hit a particularly tricky stain, I can switch the trigger to foam, and it will cling to the vertical surface. I’ll let it sit for a minute or so and then wipe it clean.

I Can See Clearly Now! 

Thanks to a little elbow grease and BKF, my windows and sliding patio door are ready for our virtual Thanksgiving with my two daughters and their families. Now, when I hold my phone up to a window to show the kids and grandkids our backyard and the woods behind it there will not be dirt and water spots blocking their view.

I know many folks aren’t big on snow, but I’m hoping for it on Thanksgiving Day. Two of my grandkids were born and live in Florida. Snow isn’t something they’re around very often. Have a happy, safe, and BKF clean Thanksgiving!


About the Author

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Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends (after COVID-19) he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook: A crash course in effective management.

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