Back To Basics: How to Clean Windows
We all love clean windows, they can truly make a difference in how our home feels and how we feel.
We look through windows every day, and it seems that everywhere we go, we see streaks, smudges, water marks, bird dive bombs and just plain dirt.
So, if we love our clean windows so much, why is it that most people don’t enjoy cleaning them? Someone is often heard saying: “I don’t do windows!”
Why not? Cleaning windows isn’t hard, it’s not rocket science, in fact, it’s pretty basic!
Probably the most common complaints are:
- It takes too long
- I’d rather be doing something else
- I don’t know how to do it right (maybe it is rocket science!)
- I’m afraid of ladders
Your windows should probably be cleaned about twice a year, and yes it does take some time, but that time can be shortened if you use the right tools and methods.
Preparation for cleaning your windows:
- Organize the necessary tools
- For outside windows: Remove and clean the outside screens, they collect dust and odors that need to be removed from them.
- Spray the screens off, then spray with your vinegar and water solution, followed by another rinse with clear water.
- Gently pat dry with a dry rag.
- Your outside window are typically dirtier than the inside, so you could begin by spraying them off to loosen any heavy dirt.
- Brush away cobwebs and heavy dirt from around the outside windows.
- For inside windows: Prepare the floors and window sills by laying towels down for protection.
- If you have let your windows get extra dirty, you may need to do the process twice.
Window cleaning tips:
- Cloudy days are best for cleaning windows, because direct sunlight will dry the cleaning solution on them before you can work with it, leaving water stains and streaks behind.
- Wash your windows well using your sponge that has been soaked in the warm water and detergent.
- Use a squeegee to remove the water rather than paper towels that leave behind streaks and lint.
- Pull the squeegee down from the top of the window.
- Use a dry rag to wipe excess water from the squeegee after each stroke.
- Use cotton swabs or a toothbrush to clean in the corners and in the window tracks.
- There are a few ways to remove tiny scratches in your windows, one way to try is to make a paste, using equal parts, of water, baking soda and white toothpaste. Use a soft, damp cloth to apply the paste to the scratch in a circular motion…then use another clean cloth to wipe off extra paste. If this doesn’t work, click on the link above for more ideas.
- The finishing touch is to wipe your window frames down.
Now that your windows are clean, it’s safe to open the curtains again, and let the sun in!
So you see, cleaning windows isn’t really hard, nevertheless, it’s still not for everyone. If you still “don’t do windows“, the best way I know of to get them clean is to give me a call! It’s fast, it’s easy and quite economical.
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I will be happy to answer all of your questions, and I know the mistakes to avoid. I clean private homes or apartment complexes.