When spring comes, it brings warmer weather, and air filled with fresh, clean breezes. It’s a time to open your windows and clear the air in your home. The problem; however, is your residential glass and windows have gotten dirty over the previous season and have collected grime and dirt you do not want entering your house.
There are ways to prevent this from happening. Before you open your windows to enjoy the fresh spring scents; turn your dingy, dirty windows into clean, perfect windows. If you have windows that are located high up in your home, you may want to consider hiring professional window cleaning services and bring that sparkle back to your windows this spring.
When you set out to clean the windows in lower levels or those that are safe to reach; begin by putting your cleaning materials together:
- Squeegee, brush, and sponge for scrubbing
- Large towels
- Soft-bristled brush for dusting
- Cleaning products, commercial strength (optional)
You can create your own cleaning solution if you want to use something more than just water and something that has a bit more power to cut through the dirt and grime. Sometimes you need to use a cleaning product stronger than commercial cleaners, so you can combine two gallons of water with a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid mixed with equal parts of water and white vinegar for those tougher jobs.
Before you start cleaning
When you clean your residential glass windows; the time of day or the weather conditions are essential to achieving a beautiful, sparkling window. You do not want the sun to be shining directly onto them so a cloudy day will give you the best results. When the sun shines directly on your glass, it allows the cleaning liquid to dry to fast which causes streaks and water spots.
Brush and sweep
Before you begin applying any washing solutions or water mixtures to your windows, you want to get rid of all the dirt, dust, or other debris that has collected inside of the sills. Sweep the debris away by using a soft brush, so you don’t knock loose any cobwebs or more dirt onto your windows. Clean all the frames, tracks, sills, and hinges.
Use the right tools
If you are cleaning multi-paned windows, you will find a sponge or brush works well, and for picture windows, a squeegee works better. The squeegee is a great tool for both drying and washing your windows. Wipe horizontally or in a Z-pattern for your picture windows, and vertically from top to bottom for the multi-paned windows.
You want to maintain contact with the glass when wiping away liquids, so it is important to keep the squeegee blade against the surface, so you don’t create any streaks. The squeegee should also be kept clean, so after each stroke, you need to wipe the squeegee blade.
If you have developed stubborn stains on your windows, try pre-washing or additional scrubbing with a mineral deposit removing cleaner or pure vinegar to remove them before cleaning.
Finish your window cleaning project by removing and vacuuming your screens to get rid of any dirt or dust. A soft cloth or sponge is excellent for cleaning off your screens along with a little warm water after you have vacuumed them. Allow to dry before replacing them in your windows.
Clean windows provide you with a great view and by taking a little time a couple times a year, you can keep your windows sparkling. Create a routine to clean your windows at least twice a year to help reduce the buildup of dirt and debris and improve the looks of your home’s beauty.