Cleaning windows is a quick and effective way to spruce up your house or workplace. It’s one of the best ways to make your space look well looked after and cared for. But let’s face it, cleaning your windows is a job that is very often neglected and overlooked. It’s one of those jobs that is probably always on your to-do list but one you often leave for ‘another day’ that never actually comes. So instead of waiting around for tomorrow, let’s clean your windows today!
Before cleaning your windows, here are a few things you should check.
Is it a sunny day and not likely to rain? It would be a shame to do all that hard work and then have it rain on your parade (literally)! Plus, it’s easier to see smears and grub on a clearer day.
Have you removed your curtains, blinds or removable window dressings? This may be a good opportunity to also clean your curtains (put them in the wash), blinds (wipe them down) or remove any other window dressings such as hanging plants (pop them outside for some extra vitamin D for the day).
Have you dusted or removed filth from your windows sills and surroundings? Giving your window sills a once over will remove any cobwebs, insects and dust that build up over time. And, when you get to cleaning your actual windows, this will make the job much easier as some of that dirt and grime will already be removed.
When cleaning your windows, it's all about getting the best possible results with minimal effort and streak-free results.
Here are 5 effective ways that you can get your windows clean and sparkling.
1. Try a microfiber cloth
Microfiber cloths can be used in a multitude of ways. Use a dry microfiber cloth first to clean the window glass, then a damp microfiber cloth to wet the windows followed by another clean and dry microfiber cloth to finish off your windows, giving a streak-free finish. Microfiber cloths are a great alternative to conventional cleaning towels as they are environmentally friendly, reusable and can absorb seven times their weight in water, making them extremely effective for many cleaning purposes.
2. Use a squeegee
Using a squeegee is the most traditional and typical way to clean windows. When you think of cleaning windows, you probably think of a squeegee. Spray your windows with a window cleaning solution and then wipe the window with your squeegee working from top to bottom. Wipe down your squeegee blade in between strokes to prevent streaks.
3. Your new favourite natural cleaning solution: Vinegar
Using natural cleaning products is not only good for the environment, but also so much better for the health of you and your loved ones. Vinegar has been around for thousands of years and was traditionally used by Hipprocates to manage wounds. Today it is used in many cultures as a preservative and condiment. And due to its acidity, it is amazing for cleaning. Plus, you will probably already have vinegar in your pantry! Simply pour one part vinegar to three parts water into a spray bottle and spray your windows in conjunction with a microfiber cloth or squeegee.
4. Vacuum your windows
Yes, you heard me right, vacuum your windows! Sounds a bit weird, I know. But vacuuming your windows can help to remove fine dirt, dust and insects quickly and efficiently. There are specialty window vacuums that you can purchase that have a squeegee head. In combination with window cleaning spray, using a window vacuum cleaner will result in a streak-free finish as well as help to remove water and condensation from your windows.
5. If all else fails, resort to contacting a professional cleaner
If you’re strapped for time and really just need your windows cleaned as soon as possible, getting a professional cleaner, like Cleanfocus, will prevent any frustrations, leaving you with a peace of mind knowing your windows will turn out amazing.
So there you have it, 5 effective ways to clean your windows and get them sparkling clean! The main objective is to remove dust, dirt and grime, whilst achieving a streak-free finish. If you were waiting for a sign to finally clean those grubby windows, this is it. Go and clean those windows!