The window grids in French doors add a bit of charm to the appearance of your home, but those grids can make the windows much more difficult to clean. Below, you will learn the steps in cleaning windows with grids as easily as humanly possible.
To get this job done quickly you will need a few supplies:
- Foaming glass cleaner
- Lint-free cloths
- Clean coffee filters
- Gentle household cleaner
Permanent Grid French Door Windows
If the grids on your French door aren't removable, cleaning each section of the window will take some time.
Step 1: Clean the Grid - Spray a little bit of household cleaner onto a soft cleaning cloth. Wipe the grid to remove the dust and dirt that has accumulated. Removing the dirt before you do the windows will help to decrease the work that goes into cleaning the windows, and prevent messes on your clean windows if you were to wait until the windows were done.
Step 2: Clean the Windows – Spray the foaming glass cleaner on a lint-free cloth. Spraying the window directly could damage the wood making up the grid and the door. Clean the window as best you can. Follow up with a clean cloth to remove any dirt and perfect the appearance.
Step 3: Finish with a Coffee Filter – The coffee filter will work to pick up and remove any dust and lint that remains on the glass. You can buff smudges and smears out with the filter and not have to worry about leaving anything behind on the glass.
Removable Grid French Door Windows
If the grids are removable, the cleaning process is much faster. If you have the owner's manual for the door, refer to it to learn what type of fasteners are used on the grid – ball snaps, pushpins, metal clips or end tabs. Once you have learned the type of fastener and how to remove them, it is time to get to work.
Step 1: Remove the Grid – Very carefully remove the grids. If your French doors are more than a few years old, be extra careful as you do this as the wood or plastic may have become more fragile from the sun exposure over the years. Clean the grid with a gentle household cleaner and set it aside to dry.
Step 2: Clean the Window – Spray the glass cleaner on the cloth and clean the window. Follow up with a clean, dry cloth and finish with a coffee filter to capture any lint that remains and buff out any streaks.
Step 3: Replace the Grid – To avoid smudging your clean windows while trying to put the grid in place, grip the grid with coffee filters. The coffee filters will keep the oils on your hands from coming into contact with the window and cause you more work.
Cleaning the gridded French door windows is a lot of work, but it is one of those necessary jobs that can only be put off for so long. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Fas Windows and Doors.