There is no denying that clean windows enhance the appearance of our houses. Most of us have seen how a competent window cleaner cleans a window. They do so with ease using their rubber blades and squeegees. Of course, everybody needs to be able to clean their windows like a pro and get enviable results every time. And when the sun is shining, whether the windows are shrouded with a layer of dirt, pollen, splattered bugs, or water stains, you may not get the full amount of natural light in your house. Washing windows is at the top of our spring cleaning agenda in order to truly enjoy the longer days and lush views of the outdoors.
Who doesn’t like smooth, smudge-free windows? In reality, getting your windows completely clean isn’t all that difficult. It’s really very simple if you’re trained, have the right cleaning tools, and use some techniques.
Fortunately, exterior window cleaning is a simple task. There are several consumer window-cleaning items on the market, many of which offer a “streak-free shine.” However, we discovered that a simple solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water, dissolved in a spray bottle, works well.
If you use a store-bought or homemade vinegar cleaning solution, begin with these tips and strategies for cleaning windows inside and out to make the job go faster and easier.
Much of the equipment used by licensed window cleaners can be sold in hardware shops and home improvement centres, allowing everyone to increase the efficiency of their cleaning. In reality, professional window washers do not use window cleaning detergents that contain harsh chemicals. Magical effects are not guaranteed by powerful chemical formulations. They can sometimes leave noticeable stains on the window glass that are difficult to remove.
Many of the cleaning equipment are inexpensive and can last a long time, so we no longer have a reason to have smudgy walls. We don’t need a large amount of cleaning tools or costly cleaning detergents. Any low-cost labels have goods that deliver outcomes that experts would approve of. If you have a rainwater tank for your garden, then its great to use this water instead of the mains.
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What you will need
- A spray bottle (or bucket if you don’t have one)
- A soft broom or microfiber cloth
- White cleaning vinegar
- A few drops of dishwashing liquid
- Essential lemon oil (optional)
Mix together the cleaning solution ingredients
- Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap in a spray bottle.
- Dilute the solution with two cups of water, then vigorously shake the container to combine the ingredients.
- If you don’t have white vinegar on hand, lemon juice can be used in its place. Lemon juice, like distilled white vinegar, has a slight acidity that slices through grease and grime
- In a bucket, combine water, white vinegar, and dish detergent. As required, increase the numbers.
- Dip a soft bristle scrub brush on an extension pole handle thingy in a bucket of the solution, then scrub it on the glass.
- Spray/rinse it with clean water until it has a chance to dry. Be sure to properly rinse. A hose with a sprayer attachment is useful.
- A Squeegee is a handy tool to help dry windows.
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Cleaning the Outside Windows
- Outside windows usually have a higher level of debris and stains. Begin by rinsing the windows with the hose, followed by filling a bucket of clean, cold water and adding a few drops of liquid dish soap.
- Go over the window’s surface with a lightweight microfiber cloth. Using a sponge mop (or a light cotton or microfiber mop) on a pole to clean higher walls.
- Thoroughly rinse with the hose.
- Spray or mop the surface with the vinegar and water solution or a commercial cleanser.
- Using a clean, rubber-bladed squeegee, dry the glass. Act from top to bottom, angling the squeegee towards the bottom of the glass. At the end of each pass, wipe the squeegee with a clean, dry towel. You may also dry the windows with a wet, lint-free towel or newspaper sheets.
- Saturate well with vinegar and water and let stand for several minutes before drying for stubborn soil and stains, like bird droppings. You should also try wiping with a smooth “scrubbie” sponge (such as these Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges), but avoid using steel wool or harsh scrubbing cloths, which would scratch the glass.
Don’t forget about the window panels. Rinse with pure water, then with a vinegar and water solution, followed by another rinse with plain water. Allow to dry completely before removing the window screens.
- Mineral deposits may often stain windows, particularly in areas with hard water. There are many techniques for washing mineral particles from walls, but a commercial cleanser might be your best choice. CLR helps to prevent calcium, lime, and rust stains, for example; just follow the manufacturer’s instructions when used.
While cleaning windows can be a time consuming task, it is well worth it to have unobstructed views… and to let the sun shine through!