Today we're going to give you some great tips for cleaning windows, just like the professionals do.
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This post will give you helpful advice to make the dreaded chore of cleaning your windows a little less intimidating. So let's get started!
Learn tips for cleaning windows just like the pros do
6 Tips for Cleaning Windows Like a Pro
Tip #1: Get Rid of the Dirt First
Before you start to apply any type of cleaning solution onto your windows, it's a good idea to remove any of the surface dirt and dust. If you try to wash your windows without removing the dirt and dust first, you'll just make your cleaning solution dirty and your windows will not turn out sparkling clean.
Use a duster or a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove any of the dirt on the window sills, frames and glass. If you are cleaning outside windows, you can remove any dirt or cobwebs with a soft-bristled broom or brush.
Tip #2: Use Water & Dish Soap
A little dish soap mixed in a bucket of water is great for cleaning windows
There are many different opinions as to which type of cleaning solution is the best, but most pros would agree that simply mixing a squirt of dishwashing liquid into a bucket of warm water works the best.
If you are cleaning your windows outdoors and the temperature is below freezing, you can add some windshield washer fluid to the solution to prevent the water from freezing on the glass. Gradually add enough fluid until the water no longer freezes when applied.
The second most popular cleaning solution to use for window cleaning is making a solution of vinegar and water. Mix 2 cups of water with 1/2 cup of white or cider vinegar and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
Tip #3: Use a Scrubber or Sponge to Clean the Glass
A scrubber works well for larger windows, but you can also use a sponge for smaller windows. It is best to invest in a good quality sponge and if possible, purchase a natural sponge as they are firmer and more absorbent than the synthetic ones.
Once you have removed the dirt, take a scrubber or sponge, dip it into your cleaning solution and squeeze out any excess water. Then scrub the glass in all directions.
Use a scrubber or sponge to clean your windows
Tip #4: Use a Squeegee Outside
Most people who have used a squeegee to clean their windows will swear by them especially if you are cleaning windows outside. If you are cleaning your inside windows, you may prefer to use a spray bottle and a microfiber cloth. This is because when you use a squeegee inside, all of the excess water pours onto your floor leaving a huge mess and increases the possibility of water damage if it is not cleaned up properly.
Squeegees, however, are perfect for cleaning outside windows as you are not worried about where the water will go. To use a squeegee, do the following:
Start at the top corner of the glass using only a small corner of your squeegee and clean one narrow strip from top to bottom on one side. This clean strip will work as a starting point for your horizontal sweeps.
Place your squeegee in the top upper corner and pull it in a steady horizonal line across your window, taking care to keep your blade pressed against the upper edge of your window.
Wipe your blade clean with a clean, lint-free cloth.
Make your next sweep across your window being sure to overlap your previous one by a couple of inches. You want to angle your strokes down slightly so that the excess water will drip down.
Wipe your squeegee again and repeat the action until you have cleaned the entire surface of your window.
Many professionals use the S-technique when cleaning windows. The following video shows you how to do this type of method.
The S-technique takes some time to master, but it is quite effective for cleaning windows
Tip #5: Use a Microfiber Rag
Once you have used your squeegee to clean off your entire window, take a microfiber rag and wipe off any excess water that has accumulated along the bottom of your windowpane.
You should then poke your finger into a dry spot of your rag and run it around the outer edges of your window to collect any excess cleaning solution. You can also use a dry spot on your microfiber rag to wipe off any streaks on your window.
Wipe the edges and corners with a clean microfiber cloth
Tip #6: Wait for a Dry, Cloudy Day for Cleaning Windows
If at all possible, try to do your window cleaning on a dry, cloudy day. This is because if you try to clean them in the hot bright sunshine, your window cleaning solution will dry onto your hot windows before you have a chance to wipe it off.
This will leave lots of streaks on your windows that are very difficult to get rid of. If there are no dry cloudy days in your local forecast, you can choose a time of day when your windows are in the shade.
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