Windows, like most glass surfaces, need to be cleaned regularly, both inside and out. This is because windows show more grime, stains, and smudges than other surfaces. Maintaining streak-free windows and mirrors in your house can be difficult. We often spend hours spraying and scrubbing windows only to have them appear nearly as dirty as they did before. Using the right products and methods can make this time-consuming task much easier, leaving your glass surfaces spotlessly clean and adding to the appeal of your home.
Tips for cleaning windows
Clean your window or mirror from top to bottom if you really want it to be streak-free. Since the cleaning solution has the tendency to drip, take advantage of gravity and let the cleaner drip into areas you haven’t yet cleaned. Begin at the top and work your way down to ensure that no drops occur on the already flawlessly clean glass surfaces.
Clean windows on a cloudy day
You might expect that with the sun flooding in, the dirt on the glass would be easier to see. The sun, on the other hand, can dry the window cleaning solution too quickly, leaving residue and streaks. If you wash your windows on an overcast day, the cleaning solution will remain until you wipe it away, leaving a magnificent streak-free shine.
Select the proper tools
If your windows are streaky after you clean them, try using a different tool. A window-washing squeegee (wiper) with a soft, smooth rubber edge is ideal for swiftly and effectively cleaning your windows. However, if you don’t have one on hand, a coffee filter will suffice. Coffee filters are better for cleaning windows than paper towels or even papers because of their texture. They are also extremely cheap.
Avoid commercial cleaners
Commercial window cleaners may be quite costly, considering that all they are made of is food colouring, soap, and water. You don’t need a special window cleaner; instead, you may create one at home with items you already have. You can get the same result by mixing a few drops of dish soap with about a quart of water, or by mixing equal parts vinegar and water.
Clean window screens
Remove and clean your window screens as you wipe down each window. If you don’t, your windows will continue to look dirty, even if the glass is clean. Cleaning screens is quite simple, all you need is a light brush, detergent solution, and a hose. Using the light brush and the dish detergent cleaning solution, brush away any large debris and grime. Then, using the hose, thoroughly rinse each screen. Make sure the screen is totally dry before reinstalling it; otherwise, water droplets on the window can cause streaks.
Try to avoid the wooden frames
The framed wood sections of the mirrors and windows can be damaged by the chemicals present in many glass and window cleaners. By placing a tiny towel on the wood or windowsill to absorb any drops, you can avoid damaging these surfaces. Also, instead of spraying the entire window at once, spray it in little sections, working your way down from the top to the bottom.
Window washing is boring and repetitive, though not as much as other household duties such as scrubbing down the old toilet bowl. Even so, combined with all the other cleaning that you are burdened with, you might feel like postponing this task. Rather than leave it to become worse, you can hire a good house cleaning service to perform an all-around clean-up of your house.