Have you ever thought why windows cleaned by professionals look so clean, and when you try cleaning them, you end up creating a mess?
The reason behind this is the appropriate technique and the right set of cleaning equipment.
Unarguably, cleaning all the windows of a house is a tedious chore. If you want the windows of your abode to look squeaky clean, then you need to prepare yourself for the cleaning.
Being a renowned cleaning agency, Maid Forever is here with a comprehensive guide to do window cleaning efficiently. With this guide, you can clean the windows from post to pillar without damaging the glass.
List of Items You Need for Window Cleaning
- A bucket, sponge, squeegee, and microfiber cloth
- A broom to clean the dust and cobwebs
- Window cleaning
- Vinegar solution or window cleaning detergent
- A dry lint-free cloth
- Brown paper
Take Down the Blinds and Curtains
Cleaning the windows with curtains on can be difficult, as some areas remain hidden behind them. Also, there is a possibility that the window blinds or curtains can get wet, which can harm their longevity. If possible, try to take down the blinds and curtains!
Don’t remove all the curtains at one as you will get confused between the mess. Go one by one, and cleaning will become much easier for you.
Start with Dusting the Dirt
Before you start sweeping the glass and the window sills, it is vital to clean the dust. Use a vacuum cleaner or a broom to clean the dust beforehand. Cleaning the dust has an added benefit as there will be no mud formation on the window when you pour the water cleaning solution on it.
Clean everything from the handles to the window corners and the glass pane. If you are not able to remove the window blinds, then you can use a microfiber cloth to remove the dust from both sides.
A Pro Tip: You can dry the curtains in the meantime while cleaning the windows. Use the air-only mode of the dryer to eliminate the wrinkles from the curtains.
Prepare Cleaning Solution or Use a Synthetic One
Now it is time to clean the window using the cleaning solution. Either you can use synthetic cleaning solutions available in the market, or you can prepare one at home with some ingredients. We advise using a home-made solution because it will not harm the window in any way.
Also, making a solution at home is more cost-competitive than using a synthetic one.
Wondering how to make the solution? Here is what you need:
- 2 cups of water
- ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol
- ½ cup cider or white vinegar
Mix these ingredients and pour them in a bottle for ease of use. (Keep this solution away from the reach of your children and pets as it can lead to irritation)
Clean the Window Panes
The next step is removing soapy water from the window panes. For this task, you can count on a squeegee as it will not leave any water streaks behind. We advise you to make S-pattern while removing excess water. Do this to all the windows, and get a microfiber cloth to wipe off the remaining water.
Most people use newspapers for this task, but we don’t advise using them as it can result in smudges. Microfiber cloth has a honeycomb pattern that nabs the water without creating any blemish.
In case you want to use brown paper, then go with some renowned brands. Poor quality brown paper can leave stains and lint on the windowpane, which is a strict no.
Do’s and Don’ts While Cleaning Windows
You cannot clean your windows every day, so it is crucial to ensure that the cleaning is optimal, and it lasts longer. Here are some dos and don’ts you need to keep in mind to enhance the lifespan of cleaning. Following the wrong guide may land you from where you started.
Timing is the Key
Timing is the key to everything, and the cleaning window is no exception! Don’t let the cleaning detergent sit for more time as it can lead to streak formation on the window glass. Clean it within 1-2 minutes after application.
If the windows are too dirty the then you can leave the solution for some more time.
Always clean the windows while wearing gloves to avoid any irritation and infections.
Use Branded Products
Branded cleaning products have less harsh chemicals, which are better for cleaning. Whether you are purchasing a microfiber cloth or a cleaning solution, go for prominent brand products.
Don’t Use Old Squeegee Blades
Using old squeegee blades can result in streak formation and can even scratch the surface of the glass pane. Make sure to use new blades if you feel that the old one has worn out.
Don’t Use Solution before Dusting
Using the water-based solution before dusting can form a mud on the window, which is hard to remove is left for some minutes. Before starting the cleaning, you should remove the dust with a broom or a vacuum cleaner.
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