The weather’s been remarkably temperate this winter, in sharp contrast to last year’s severe snow storms. Today was a particularly mild day, where you could comfortably step outside in shirt sleeves if you felt like it.
So, I was inspired to clean some windows. Even though this is usually a ritual of early spring, the windows here haven’t been cleaned in a very, very long time. So it seemed like a good idea to take advantage of the weather and get started on what’s going to prove a lengthy process.
Windows in the Mansfield House are almost all 12-over-12, single-hung, sash windows, with aluminum exterior storms. Cleaning is easiest if you remove the sashes. So I pried the interior stops and head jamb to get both sashes free:
I cleaned each sash by placing it on those hockey puck standoffs I’d created a few blog posts back, over a poly-backed canvas drop cloth. Here’s one sash just after it was cleaned:
I also cleaned the exterior storm window sashes in the same manner:
Once the storms and sashes are all back in, replacing the stops is easy, if you just try to align the brads with their previous holes:
The result of a little bit of effort is a nice, clean window. Here, one can finally see Saint Joseph’s across the street and the image of the setting sun:
Tomorrow, we’ll continue with a few more…