Are you the kind of person who schedules and invests in a window clean every couple of months regardless of visibility and need, or do you wait until your view and natural light are concealed behind a layer of dust, watermarks, and grime?
We often see people wiping down the inside of their windows from the comfort of their home, neglecting the channel that same aesthetic on the exterior – however, unless both sides are clean, the view and the appearance of your windows will be undoubtedly substandard.
So, how do you clean your windows?
The best method for cleaning windows
No, this is not a trick question. Most DIY window cleaning individuals will answer this by saying they use warm water and a lint-free cloth – but how many times have you been left with streaks and watermarks from simply using water and a cloth? And do you really think that a professional cleaning company would charge all that money to simply leave streaks and marks behind them?
The best method for cleaning windows is not complex, nor is it packed full of expensive chemicals and cleaning components. In fact, most of the DIY solutions can be made using items found in your home right now – and if in doubt, you can always pop out and pick up a standard window cleaner.
To perform your window clean, both inside and out, you will need the following:
- A large broom
- White vinegar or a window cleaning solution
- Microfiber cloths
- Paper towels
- A dry cloth or drying pad
To answer a few questions about the above list:
1. The large broom is for cobweb removal – nothing more. We will not be brushing your windows today!
2. A squeegee is the same as the one you might use on your car windscreen.
3. The microfibre cloth is designed to help spread the cleaning solution and then wipe it away. The drying pad is for the final stages so that you can remove excess moisture and avoid those pesky watermarks.
The cleaning processes
First and foremost, you need to prep your area – removing any curtains and blinds and using your broom to sweep away cobwebs and layers of dust which may have collected around the window frame behind your curtains.
Next, we need to make our window cleaning solution – and this is where you need to choose between white vinegar and a standard window cleaner. Where possible, we recommend using white vinegar as these cuts through any grime seamlessly and is super cheap to make and use. Alternatively, you can use plain soapy water.
In order to create that perfect streak-free finish, you need to get your technique just right – and that means starting at the top and working your way down the window, creating S shapes with your squeegee or microfibre cloth. With a spray bottle, spray your cleaning solution onto the window as required, and use the cloth to catch any drips which run down the window.
Once your windows are clean, get the dry pad and go over them to ensure that any moisture or cleaning material has been picked up. Then it is time for the newspaper. Simply crumple your newspaper up and work over the window in large circles to give it a final buff that will leave it shining!
Other things to remember.
Of course, there is no point in having sparkling clean windows if the windowsills and frames are going to let you down. Use the time when your curtains and blinds are removed to give the entire area a thorough clean – warm soapy water should do the trick, although if you have white frames, then these can be enhanced further with a cleaning solution like The Pink Stuff!
The other key thing to remember is that window cleaning can be hazardous when it comes to those top floor exterior windows, and ceiling mounted skylights that are found across so many modern homes.
If you’re not able to safely reach your top floor windows, consider the value in bringing in a professional cleaning company who has all the equipment required to perform a safe and effective clean from the solid ground – using extendable pure water fed pole cleaning instruments and tools.
For more information and a free quote, get in touch with your local cleaning company or us today!