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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?

Friday Favorite: Clean Windows

November 1st, 2013

I love a good clean window, really, really love it. Back in Ohio I cleaned the windows frequently. Here the windows on the house are a bit of a challenge to clean, storm windows really make it difficult, especially if they don’t come off easily. Luckily, the windows on the garage can be cleaned easily so I’m getting my window cleaning fix.
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It’s amazing the difference it makes, not only from the inside but from the outside as well. These windows had loads of paint on them from the previous paint job who knows how many years ago. I used my razor scraper and went to town. They needed scrubbed 5-6 times to get the years of grime scrubbed off. Now they’re sparkling clean and I’m happy.
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Windows are probably my favorite thing to have clean, as long as they sparkle I can deal with clutter elsewhere.

What’s your favorite part of the house to have clean as a whistle?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.