Cleaning your windows can be quite a mundane job, so you want to make sure when you do the job – you do it right by leaving no streaks and no drip marks.
Below we’ve listed our top tips to clean your windows so you can save time and energy.
- Pick a dry and cloudy day
While many people like the idea of cleaning the windows in the sun, you could be doing more damage than good. The problem with washing windows here is that the sun can dry the soap onto the heated windows before it’s wiped off. This problem can leave streaks running down your windows, which can be challenging to remove.
- Start by removing dirt and dust
Before you apply any soap to the window; start by getting rid of and dirt on the window frame with a hoover or brush. This will stop unnecessary dirt being mixed with the window cleaner. If the window looks excessively dirty, consider giving it a quick rinse over with warm water and allow to dry before cleaning.
With shades and blinds, we recommend using a microfiber duster to wipe with and then going over the slats with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth.
- Invest in a good cleaner
This tip is an important one. For your windows, you really shouldn’t buy the cheapest window cleaner you find. You need one that’s good enough that can dissolve any dirt on your windows so you can easily wipe away. If you buy cheap, then you’ll be left with streak marks.You can even become creative and produce your own window cleaner with the recipe for this homemade vinegar cleaner.
Things you’ll need:
• 2 cups of water
• ½ cup of white or cider vinegar
• ¼ cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
Combine the ingredients and use it to fill up a spray bottle. Make sure you label the bottle and keep out of reach for children.
- Use a squeegee over a newspaper
Newspapers used to be an excellent tool for cleaning windows; however, in the last fifteen years, the producers began using a different type of ink in order to save costs. This alteration, unfortunately, meant cleaning windows with is not as effective. A squeegee, on the other hand, is a great way to soak up the washing liquid and to distribute it evenly across the window in a fast and efficient way. We also recommend when using a squeegee to begin at the top and work your way down in an s-shape.
- Break it down
It can be deemed as unnecessary to clean your windows any more than a few times a year, but, it can be made simpler when dividing the job into a room by room. Another handy trick is to clean one side of the window horizontally and the other side vertically. This technique is used so if streak marks do appear; you will know what side of the window it’s on.