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A Bit of a Facelift

October 27th, 2014

While Mr Chiots was in Israel for work last week, I decided it was a good time to paint the office. We’ve been needing to pull everything out to reorganize anyways, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I painted the ceiling and the walls, along with all the trim. The floor will get a coat of paint as well here in the near future. Yesterday I started the LONG task of cleaning the windows. Which means taking off all the storm windows and screens and cleaning the insides and outsides of each piece. It takes FOREVER to do each one, probably an hour and a half or more for each window.
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It involves using my razor scraper to get all the polyurethane off the glass. It means getting out the Bon Ami to scrub the years of caked on dirt from the windows. Unfortunately I forgot to take before photos, so you can’t see the amazing results. When I took these photos I still needed to do one or more cleanings to get the last residual soap off (as you can see by a few streaks).
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Clean windows are something I’m always working towards. The wonderful thing is that now that I have them clean it will only take a few minutes every few months to keep them clean! I always love starting the winter season with super clean windows, I don’t want anything reducing the already lesser amount of sunlight.

Are you a clean window person or do you not mind a little life on your windows?

3 Comments to “A Bit of a Facelift”
  1. whit on October 27, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Ooh, Israel. I hope Mr. Chiots enjoyed himself, even though there was work to do.

    I’m with you, i love a clean window, however it’s too much to keep up on around here. In our old house, i had installed wood windows with the option to fold in, so cleaning 2nd story windows was a snap. Literally. :)

    This house has cheap vinyl windows, and they are very hard to clean unless you have the time to get a ladder. I at least try to keep the windows we look out of lengthy periods of time cleanly: the bathroom window next to the shower, the kitchen window, the sliding glass door where the firewood is hauled from, the window nook where we sit to study.

    Your wood windows are beautiful!

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  2. Nebraska Dave on October 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Susy, I’m so glad to see you back to blogging again. I was going through withdrawal without my Susy Morris fix each morning. I’m back from a weekend of Mother Earth News Fair. So much pent up garden information and nothing to do with it until spring.

    Ha, for years when my wife was sick we didn’t have the time to clean windows so we just bought drapes and covered them up. She never wanted them open so for the good art of a decade they remained covered with no cleaning required. I have to say that first day of opening the drapes and breaking loose the windows to get some good fresh air into the house after she passed on was a whole new experience. Since then I’ve always thought I should clean the windows but it’s never made it on the To Do list. I guess I’ll get around to it some day. :-)

    Have a great clean window day.

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  3. Myra S. on October 28, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I like a clean window in the lesser-sun months too. Ours are the tilt-in type, plus a wraparound porch means no ladder. Sometimes it’s quite a surprise to see how dirty they were. Any sunshine that can find its way in is a happy thing!

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