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How to Clean Window Sills

When you open the windows to let in some cool breeze, one can expect dust and debris to come in; It is unavoidable! These particles find their way into every corner of your home, and one of the first surfaces they settle on is none other than your window sill. This is usually added to an already dirty interior surface, which is often subject to dirty hands, stains and rings caused by glasses, pots, etc.

In general, a dirty windowsill is unsightly and unhealthy; in fact, as a frequently touched surface in the home, it's a common hotspot for transferable germs. For this reason, it is important to keep your window sill clean and sterilized.

That said, homeowners often overlook the cleaning requirements of the exterior window sill, which is often much dirtier than the interior sill. So if you're looking for ways to clean both interior and exterior window sills, Coral Cleaners has you covered.

Interior Window Sills

It is quite quick and easy to clean interior window frames. All you need is some liquid dish detergent, clean microfiber cloths, and a spray bottle. When you have gathered these items, approach your window and follow the steps below:

  • Clear the window sill of decorative elements (if any) and make sure the window treatment is out of the way. Dust and debris are a given if you haven't cleaned your windowsill in a while; therefore, the first step is to clean it thoroughly to remove as much surface dirt as possible. You can use a microfiber cloth for this.
  • Prepare your cleaning solution in the spray bottle by filling it with 2 cups of water and adding a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Close the bottle and shake it vigorously to combine the soap and water. For a very dirty or greasy window sill, use lukewarm water and adjust the concentration of the cleaning solution as needed.
  • Take a new microfiber cloth and spray it with the cleaning solution (just enough to dampen it). Avoid using a soaked cloth on wooden window sills as it can penetrate and damage the wood if there are cracks in the sealant. The same goes for painted surfaces; Depending on the type of finish, exposure to moisture may cause damage or discoloration.
  • Use the damp cloth to clean the window sill by rubbing it thoroughly. If there are adhesive stains, mud spots, or stubborn stains, apply more finger pressure to rub them off. You may also need a little more of the cleaning solution, however if you are going to make the cloth more wet, it is advisable to wait for the surface to dry before attempting a more thorough cleaning (unless of course it is with water resistant material).
  • When you're satisfied with the cleanliness, the last thing you need to do is wipe down the window sill with a clean, dry cloth. This is especially important if you have a wooden window sill because any moisture that may be absorbed from the surface will help the material dry faster.
  • The best way to prevent stubborn stains and grime on your windowsill is with regular cleaning. Dusting the surface should be included in your daily cleaning routine, while a weekly wipe with a damp cloth and disinfectant will keep it clean and hygienic for a longer period of time.

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