cleaner windows as an example of Free or Low-Cost Fix-ups tips
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Cleaner Windows

PRO: Brent Weingard, owner, Expert Window Cleaners, New York City

SECRET: To remove grime on divided-light windows, cut a metal-frame squeegee so that it fits a pane, says Weingard. Take out the rubber blade, and use a hacksaw to trim the metal channel ¼ inch narrower than the pane. With a utility knife, cut the blade to the pane's full width; fit the blade into the channel so that it projects 1/8 inch at each end. As with any window, spritz, wipe with a sponge or a microfiber cloth, then use the squeegee. "Most people skip the sponge part, but that's the only way to really dislodge the dirt," says Weingard.
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