What's the best way to clean mold off of my window?

I want to get rid of the mold that’s been on my window/window sill for years finally. What’s the best way to clean it off? The surfaces are wooden, glass, and metal.

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  1. Cleaning the windows of your house can be daunting. Especially if you count how many windows there are. It’s certainly not an easy task, but nor is it that impossible to do. Some neat strategies exist to make window washing a breeze.

    First off, you should know that cleaning windows takes more than just spraying bottles with good smelling blue liquid and a roll of paper towels. It’s a real cleaning job that could only be done properly with a bucket of soapy water, a scrubber on a handle, a squeegee and of course, a hardworking cleaner…you!

    The bucket does not have to be new, as long as your scrubber would fit, any will do. But try to at least invest in a quality scrubber and good squeegee. They would last for years, and accompany you through all your window washing days.

    A good smelling, pretty -looking and expensive liquid does not necessarily help you make a good job of cleaning windows. The basic cleaning liquid is simply just water. When your windows are not that in a bad shape, or you’re just doing some cleaning to maintain greaseless windows or dustless windows, water is enough to do all these tasks amazingly. Detergents and other cleaners should be used only when your windows are a tough job, and not all types of detergents can be used either.

    Choosing a detergent for your window washing spree is important. The detergent or the liquid need not be expensive, in fact, dish detergent works quite really well, and this is very cheap. Remember though not to use too much dish detergent or you’ll have streaks on your windows instead of cleaning them. About a half a teaspoon in a two gallon bucket will do it. Adding vinegar would make the solution work better. Aside from dish detergents, you can use ammonia in small amounts, a laundry detergent of about half a teaspoon or just a small trickle of shampoo. All these can do the trick and none of them are expensive.

    After scrubbing the windows with your solution, the windows should be dried immediately using the squeegee. Drying with your squeegee requires necessary steps as well. It would be more efficient to start at one top corner, and then draw it straight down. And to keep the water from running all over the area you just dried, the next swipe should be in a slight angle away from that area.

    There, it’s not that hard to clean windows right? You just have to learn a few tricks to make it way easier than you imagine. But, if you are really tired and don’t want to do this chore, then you could opt to contact a maid service to do the job for a minimal fee.

  2. Put bleach on a damp cloth and rub it off. You can also try to remove it with a paint scraper first and then use the bleach.
    When you’re finished use windex on the glass and metal an Pledge on the wood. Spray some febreese or Lysol around the area and it should be gone. If you have to get into corners you can’t reach, fill a spray bottle with bleach and spray the corners and hard-to-reach places. You can also try to spray febreese on the hard to reach places.
    Clean your windows atleast once a week for a months, and then you only need to do it once a month after that.

  3. 1st. wash with warm soapy water , wipe down the area with a 50% mixture of white vinegar and water, the vinegar stops the future spores settling to quickly, also to allow the flow of fresh air,crack windows open at all times , if you can;t. then when you have a shower or bath

  4. Well, to kill the mold, household bleach is one option. Take a couple quarts of hot water and add about 1/4 cup bleach to it. Take a sponge or a rag and apply the bleach solution to the area and let it sit for a couple minutes. Be careful not to get it on other furnishings or material like curtains; it could remove the color. Then scrub and wipe it down real well. Let it air dry or dry it with another cloth.

    The metal might discolor a bit from the bleach; especially if it’s aluminum. A quick scrub with something like a Brillo pad or a little baking soda should remove that.

    And lastly for the glass, any good window cleaner or a solution of white vinegar and water will take care of the issue there. Glass is so solid and dense that the mold can’t get a real hold on it and is just on the surface.

    What you have to watch here is most window cleaners have ammonia in them. Bleach and ammonia together make a very hazardous gas that can make you quite sick. Allow plenty of time for the bleach to dissipate before using anything with ammonia! Chlorine bleach left to the open air in good ventilation should be all dissipated within an hour.

    If the window frame and sill are painted, don’t be surprised if the mold has stained them. The best way to correct that issue is to allow the area to dry at least overnight, apply a stain blocking primer/sealer like Kilz or Bulls eye 123, left that dry and repaint the area.

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