Cleaning windows is hard work, and can take a lot of time. But the real problem is that if you don’t do a good job your windows may end up looking worse – and you may have to clean them again.
If you’d rather not have to repeatedly clean your windows, you need to know the best way to do the job right. And that is where there are several tips that could be a big help.
Choose a Cloudy Day
Did you know the best time to clean your windows is on a cloudy, overcast day? That may sound less pleasant that cleaning them on a sunny day, but it is actually very true.
If you clean your windows on a sunny day when it is hot, the sun will dry them off too quickly. Because of that your windows will end up with streaks in them that are difficult to remove – and you may have to clean them again.
Of course if the weather won’t cooperate then there isn’t much you can do about this. At best you can start to clean the areas that are shady, and wait until it isn’t as hot to clean the rest.
Get Rid of Dirt and Dust Beforehand
Don’t just take some water and window cleaner and immediately wipe your windows. Instead, try to brush, sweep and vacuum off most of the dust from them first.
The less dust that is present on your windows, the easier it will be to clean. It will help you ensure that things are a lot less messy, and prevent dust from building up in the corners too.
Use a Microfiber Cloth
As a rule you should always use a microfiber cloth to clean your windows. Not only are they absorbent and washable, but they’ll also be able to effectively clean your windows without scratching them.
Try to avoid newspapers and paper towels unless you really and truly prefer them. Although they can be as effective, they are often messier and more difficult to use. If the paper towels or newspapers are too weak, they may even leave bits and pieces behind.
Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
Before you start cleaning, take a step back and make sure you have all the tools you need. Although you don’t need any fancy equipment to clean your windows, you should ensure that you have the basics.
Aside from a microfiber cloth, you will definitely need a good window cleaner and possibly a long pole to reach windows that are higher up. It may help to look at other window cleaning equipment too and see if there’s anything else that would be helpful – such as a squeegee.
Use Cotton Swabs to Clean Corners
One of the best ways to get dirt and grime out of the corners of your windows is by using cotton swabs. Not only are they the perfect size, but you’ll be able to put your elbow in it and remove any grime that is present far more easily.
If any dirt is particularly stubborn you could dip the cotton swap in window cleaner so that it is more effective.
Don’t Be Stingy with the Cleaner
While you’re cleaning your windows you should be generous about the amount of cleaner that you use. It will require a lot of liquid to dissolve any dirt that is stuck to your windows, especially if it has accumulated and is stuck near the edges.
If you don’t want to buy window cleaner, you could come up with your own DIY window cleaning solution using vinegar, lemons, or club soda. It may take a bit of experimentation to get the mix right however.
Work From Top to Bottom
The best way to clean windows is to always work from top to bottom. If you start in the center and work your way out to the edges, you’ll end up having to clean the center again as water and dirt flows over it. The same goes if you start from the bottom and try to work your way to the stop.
For large windows you may want to divide them into sections and work on them from top to bottom one by one.
Overall these tips should help you to clean your windows more effectively. However just because that is true, you should not make the mistake of assuming it is going to be a walk in the park.
Make no mistake, cleaning your windows is bound to be hard work and it will take time – especially if you want your windows to sparkle. That being said you should be able to at least avoid having to clean y our windows once more to fix any issues from the first attempt.