Cleaning your windows can be such a tedious task and not getting your windows clean enough when you think you are finished can be so disappointing.
There are various tips and tricks on how to make sure that when you clean your windows you get it certainly right. These tips and tricks can help you to save energy, time, and money.
Dry Cloudy Day
Always try to clean your windows on a dry and cloudy day. Cleaning your windows on a sunny day will make the cleaning solution that you use to clean the windows dry before you get to clean it off. So you will end up having streaky windows.
Dirt And Dust
Dust and moisture can build up and form into dirt when cleaning windows. Before you start to clean your windows, make sure to use the attachment part of your vacuum to suck up all the dust on the windows. By doing this a muddy mess will be avoided.
Room By Room
Your windows might only need to be cleaned twice per year. You don’t have to do the whole house at once. You can break it down doing room by room. Cleaning your windows this way will make it less easy for you and not so hectic.
Choosing The Right Cleaner
There are many different types of window cleaners on the market. But using the wrong cleaner for your windows can be a disaster.
To eliminate the headache of choosing the right cleaner, you can make your own DIY window cleaner with water, vinegar, and alcohol.
Combine these three ingredients in a spray bottle. You need a generous amount of spray on your windows for proper cleaning. So be sure to use a generous amount.
Drying your windows with newspaper is a thing of the past. Well… Maybe or maybe not 🙂 But it’s much better and easier to use microfiber cloths to wipe your windows.
These cloths are very absorbent and they will leave the glass shiny and streak-free. After using you can just throw them into the washer and they’ll come out clean and ready to use again.
Use an old toothbrush that still has some stiff brittles on it to get into the crevices and cracks on your windows. Brush towards the middle, so that you can get the corners clean. The toothbrush can also be used to clean the window pane.
There is always a trick for everything. And that how it is for keeping your windows clean much longer. Rain repellent can be purchased very easily. Spraying and wiping your windows with this repellent will keep them looking clean and streak-free.
Easily clean your window screens by using a lint roller. Just by rolling it inside out, all the dust and dirt will be picked up by the lint roller.
Pressure washing is best used when windows and screens are not detachable. Wash the screens with a hose that has several nozzle attachments. This type of hose will go a far way with getting rid of the dirt and grime.
Whenever your screens have a stubborn build-up of dirt and dust, give them a nice wash with some soapy water. Mix 1/2 cup dishwashing soap with 1/2 gallon of water. Lift screens into an upright position and gently wash with soapy water, using a sponge.
Before the screens are dry, hose them down on the lowest pressure and properly rinse. Leave to dry for a few hours. Once the screens are dry, you may vacuum with the soft bristle brush attachment. This will help to pick up any loose dirt left.
Rusty Screens Remedy
Here is an easy way of cleaning rusty window metal screens. Pour an ample amount of vinegar over the rusty areas. Leave it to sit for a couple of hours. If you are not able to detach the screen, just rub the vinegar over the rusty area with a cloth and leave to dry.
With some clean water and a brush, scrub very gently over the rusty areas. Take your time and rub until you get the rust off the area. Rinse well until clean, then dry with a cloth.
Newspaper And Vinegar
Newspaper is one of the easiest and best window cleaning tools. For streak-free windows, mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 1 gallon of water. Pour mixture into a spray bottle. Spray onto the window, and wipe clean with the newspaper.
Dipping a sponge in some Pine-Sol, and using it to get into those crevices on your window, will have your windows looking great. And guess what? Your house will smell wonderful too.
Window Sill Mold Treatment
Don’t panic whenever you find mold on your window sills. This usually happens during the cold wintertime. All you have to do is to mix a small amount of vinegar with 4 drops of tea tree essential oil.
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray directly on the mold. Leave for about 30 mins, then wipe clean.
Removing Stickers And Decals
Children usually decorate their windows with stickers and decals, while adults use decals and stickers to prevent birds from flying into and breaking their windows. But removing these stickers or the decals from the windows is really a sticky job.
Here is an easy way to remove these sticky decorations. Fill a spray bottle with water. Have a scraper, with a good edge on hand and ready. Spray the sticker/decal with water and let sit for a couple of minutes. Hold the scraper on the windowpane at a 45 degrees angle. Start below the stickers/decal, and gently scrape upwards.
You may put a little pressure when scraping, but not enough to damage the glass. After getting off all that mess, use a dry towel to wipe away the water.
Woolite And Warm Water
You can be assured that Woolite is great for cleaning windows. Here is how it works. Add 1/2 cup Woolite to one gallon of water. Mix together thoroughly. Use a soft brush to clean especially your windows. This method is especially good for the interior of your windows.
It is always advisable to use a microfiber cloth to clean your windows. The reason for this is that it is able to soak up water without leaving any lint behind on the glass. So make sure to always have microfiber cloths on hand when cleaning your dirty windows.
- Use rain repellent.
- Lint roller for cleaning screens.
- Pressure wash screens and windows that are not detachable.
- Use soapy water to get rid of stubborn dirt and dust.
- Clean rusty areas with vinegar.
- Clean crevices with Pine-Sol.
- Use tea tree essential oil for getting rid of mold on window sills.
- Use Woolite and warm water for sparkly windows.
- Clean windows with microfiber cloth to prevent lint.
- Clean on a dry cloudy day to prevent the sun from drying soapy water on windows and leaving them streaky.
With these window cleaning tips, you can get spotless windows for a longer time with less effort than you think.