Invite the sun in with these window-cleaning pointers from Jeld-Wen Inc.:

• A cloudy, dry day is best for washing windows. Intense sunlight can dry the cleaning solution too quickly, causing streaks.

• Make a glass cleaner by mixing either 1 teaspoon baby shampoo or 1½ cups vinegar with a gallon of water. Wash windows using the solution and a clean, soft cloth or sponge, and rinse with clean water. Promptly dry glass thoroughly. Use a separate cloth to dry window frames.

• Avoid washing windows with pressurized sprayers, which can break seals.

• Use mild soap and water and a soft sponge or cloth to clean exterior finishes on a window, such as wood, vinyl, plastic or metal. Rinse and wipe dry immediately after cleaning.

• To remove stubborn labels on glass, soak with soapy water and scrape with a plastic putty knife.

• Dried paint can be removed by soaking it with a solution of warm water and baby shampoo, then removing the paint with a soft cloth or plastic putty knife.

• Remove screens to clean them, placing them in a tub or shower stall indoors or on a hard surface outdoors. Gently spray with water, and brush lightly with a soft-bristle tool. For stubborn dirt, use a mild soap and water solution. Rinse the screens and let them dry before replacing them in the windows.

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