Tips to properly clean windows

Having large windows makes rooms feel more spacious and allows more natural light to come in. For all its benefits, you might be wondering how you are going to keep all that glass clean? Here are a few basic tips to help you keep your glass windows and glass doors clean.

Tip 1: Use vinegar

Vinegar is a popular alternative to traditional cleaning products.

Martha Stewart has shared the recipe below for using vinegar as a window cleaner:

  1. Mix one-part hot water to one-part distilled vinegar.
  2. Sponge cleaning: Moisten the window, using the solution, then clean.
  3. Squeegee cleaning: Always dampen the squeegee first and clean from the top down, wiping the edge of the squeegee after every stroke.
  4. Clean only when there is no direct sun on the windows.
  5. Rinse and dry the window frames immediately to avoid any damage.

Tip 2: Do not choose a sunny day

According to the blog, this is a very common mistake.

“Do this job in the blazing sun and the cleaner will dry onto the hot windows before you get to wipe it off, leaving hard-to-remove streaks.”

Rain on the other hand, will obviously also not help either. The best days for cleaning windows are dry, but cloudy days. Alternatively, if it is a sunny day, start with windows that are in the shade.

Tip 3: Clean the windowsills first has another great tip, suggesting that you start by cleaning windowsills before washing the windows: “Skip this step and any liquid that drips onto the window frames will create a muddy mess.”

Tip 4: Use a brush

Use a sponge brush to get into hard to reach areas like window tracks. If these are really dirty, you can use some baking soda and vinegar to get rid of the dirt.

Tip 5: Use a microfibre cloth

Lots of people believe in the power of the microfibre cloth. They soak up water without leaving lint behind on your glass.

Tip 6: Leave the newspaper

Although loads of people use newspapers to clean windows, most cleaning experts says you are simply wasting your time – you’ll just end up with loads of little pieces of newspaper. Instead, use a proper squeegee.

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