Cleaning home windows is a task that most of us don’t want to do. But it’s an essential part of home maintenance. Clean windows allow sunlight to get into your home and give you a clear view of the outdoors, which is probably one of the reasons you bought your home in the first place. Dirty windows, on the other hand, can detract from the curb appeal of any home.
Here are some tips to help you clean your windows like a pro.
Tools and materials needed to clean windows are as follows:
- Dusting brush
- Bucket of water
- Cleaning solution or detergent
- Clean sponge or cloth
- Microfiber cloth
- Newspaper (optional)
- Vacuum cleaner (optional)
Start off by clearing up the interiors of the window sills and frames using a dusting brush and dust pan. You can also use a vacuum cleaner for this purpose. You’d be surprised at the dirt and cobwebs that can collect in these areas. You should also clean off the window exterior frame.
Then fill a bucket with warm water and put a few drops of cleaning solution (dish detergent will do nicely) in for every gallon of water.
Clean your home windows in circular movements. Start from the corner and outer perimeter before going towards the center of the window. Or you can also start from the upper portion of the window then work your way down.
Make sure to brush the surface hard enough to eliminate stubborn marks and stains. You can also eliminate scratches on the window by applying toothpaste on the affected areas.
If the marks are too tough for you to clean, use a scraper. However, avoid using it backwards as it could cause scratches by dragging dirt and residue. Always push the scraper forward. This can be particularly useful on window exteriors where there is often more dirt from the elements.
Drying Your Windows
Next, it’s time to dry the window using a squeegee. Begin by focusing on the upper sections. When you dry a corner of the window, make sure your strokes are going in one direction. If you apply vertical strokes on one side and horizontal on the other side, you may be able to determine which side has streaks. If you are working on a large window, use a squeegee on a long handle to prevent streaks.
Maintain a constant pressure when using the squeegee and applying it on the glass. Using too little pressure may make it hard for you to collect the water, while putting too much pressure may prevent you from moving the squeegee around.
Use the microfiber cloth to wipe the edges and get rid of the water marks on the window. It can also be used for drying the glass. You may also allow the window to air dry so there won’t be any smears on the surface. This, however, will take some time to do so don’t do it unless you have sufficient time to spare.
Other Tips to Remember
Aside from the techniques mentioned above, here are some tips that will come in handy:
- Washing windows ideally should be done on a cloudy day since cleaning solutions could dry up fast when directed against the sunlight.
- Start earlier in the day when the sun is not so hot.
- Always wipe the squeegee in between strokes to prevent it from leaving dirt behind. A wet blade also leaves streak marks so be careful when using it.
- Use old newspaper to polish windows. You just need to crumple a sheet and rub it against the glass.
Cleaning windows may not be the easiest task but it is not really complicated at all. You just need to have the right tools and proper knowledge to get the job done correctly. The next time you find your windows dirty, remember how to clean them properly and you’ll have sparkly clean windows in no time.