It’s early summer; the weather is beautiful which means everyone will be out grooming their gardens and homes, cleaning out the stuffiness from the previous winter. This also means it is time to tackle those windows. It’s a tedious job that nobody wants to do, but it has to be done somehow. Window cleaning can become an easier task with just a few tips and tricks. Just take a look at some of the tips below and see for yourself.
1. Timing is Everything:
Believe it or not, there is a proper and highly effective time to wash your windows, and it’s not on a bright and sunny day. The most effective time to clean your windows is on a dull, overcast day when the sun is not shining its brightest. When you clean your windows on those bright, sunny days the sun will dry up the window cleaner you are using before you even have time to polish it off. This results in a streaky, spotty window.
2. The Right Materials:
A lot of people tend to reach for that paper towel to clean their windows, but that is not always the most effective choice. For a truly clean finish you will want to use various other materials such as a squeegee, old clean cotton t-shirts or rags and of course your favourite window cleaning solution. Using a squeegee will help to reach those larger, higher windows in the house and a clean cotton cloth or rag will help polish your windows to a clear shine without leaving any streaks, spots or debris behind (unlike paper towel).
3. Catch Those Streaks:
Have you ever cleaned both sides of a window, only to realize there are streaks left over? The only problem is, you’re not sure which side they are coming from, so you ending up cleaning the window all over again. Well there is a great way to solve this pesky problem. Try washing one side of the window with horizontal strokes, and then wash the opposite side with vertical strokes. If there are any streaks left behind, you will be able to tell which side they are on based on the direction of the streaks. If you happen to have tilt and turn windows in your home, this will make the job that much easier.
4. Toothpaste is for More Than Just Teeth:
As windows get older and endure things like years of snow, hail, rain and more, they can become a little worn out. If you ever notice a tiny scratch on your window, fret not because there is a way to get rid of it. Simply polish that particular spot with a little bit of toothpaste prior to cleaning the window and you will watch that scratch vanish before your eyes.
5. Give Your Old Newspaper a New Life:
If you don’t happen to have an old cotton rag or t-shirt handy, a great tip for getting the same kind of shine on your windows is to use a crumpled up newspaper. Simply rub the crumpled paper on your window as you would an old rag and watch it work its magic! Not only will the newspaper polish your window to a tee, but also it will leave behind a clear residue that is resistant to dirt and dust, allowing your window to stay cleaner for longer. Imagine that!
6. Don't Drip:
When you are washing your windows, try to not let your window cleaner drip onto the windowsill below. Most window cleaners will ruin any paint or varnish that is used on wooden windowsills. A great way to prevent this from happening is to wash your windows from the top down. This way you are catching any running cleaner as you work your way down the window.
7. DIY Window Cleaner:
If you are looking to save a few dollars or enjoy making things yourselves, here’s a great way to make your own window cleaner. Simply mix 2 tablespoons ammonia, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent into an empty spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake it well before using. If you prefer something a little gentler, try substituting the ammonia with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar.