So you’ve just cleaned every inch of a particular room in your house. You’ve mopped, swept, scrubbed, shined, polished and dusted everything. And then you look up, and it hits you. The windows are absolutely filthy. Making the rest of the room so clean and shiny has made it glaringly obvious that the windows haven’t been cleaned in a long time!
Most people think that spraying some air freshener is the icing on the cake for any room that you’ve just cleaned. But the real icing is cleaning the windows. Not just on the inside, but on the outside too. After all the exterior glass is going to be dirtier than the inside, because it is subjected to the elements every day. Cleaning your windows will put the finishing touches on any room. But how do you do it properly? And how do you do it so that you don’t have to spend half a day at it either?
Well, it’s quite simple actually. Here are the short steps you need to follow for maximum cleaning power and efficiency.
I always like to start with the window frame. For this, all you really need is an all-purpose cleaning spray. Just spray it on the frame and sills and wipe clean with a clean, dry cloth.
Get rid of anything stuck to the glass like stickers. They will just interfere with the cleaning. If you like, you can replace them after you are done.
Next, spray the cleaning product onto the glass. Make sure you start at the top and make your way down to the bottom. Make sure you use either a microfiber cloth or newspaper. Personally I prefer the newspaper because the ink on the pages will actually prevent any streaks from appearing, which would ruin your hard work.
A small tip for you is to make your own glass cleaner with one part vinegar for every one part water. Very simple but super effective. Consider adding some lavender scented essential oils if you want to mask the fairly strong smell of vinegar.
Usually, these will be dirtier and require a little more work but the payoff is more than worth it.
First of all use your garden hose to rinse the glass. Then fill a bucket with some warm water and some dish soap. Go easy with it though, if you add too much soap you’ll make too many suds which will cause streaks.
Cloths made of microfibers are the best thing to use for cleaning the entire surface of the windows. Use your hose to wash off the soapy water afterwards.
Remove the excess water using a rubber squeegee. Start at the top going from left to right until you reach the bottom. Old, crumpled up newspaper is brilliant for drying off the very last drops of water and will completely stop any streaks from forming on the glass.
Sometimes you will be left with stubborn stains that can’t be removed easily. Spray it with your vinegar solution and leave for 20 minutes, this will soften it up for you. Never use anything that may damage or scratch the glass. A mild scrubber or plastic bristled brush is fine, however.
And there you have it. Now you’ve got sparklingly clean windows that will allow the sun to fill up your entire house!