Not many people can say they like doing windows, but the chore is one that must be done if you want your home to look clean inside and out. While most people grab the paper towel and their favorite window cleaner for the job, many people don’t realize there’s more to doing this chore right than just the simple spritz and wipe. Below, are several window cleaning tips designed to make the task easier and much more efficient.
1. Wash Windows at the Right Time of Day
Believe it or not, there’s a right time and a wrong time to do the windows. The wrong time is when the sun is hitting the glass directly. If the sun is hitting the glass directly, it will cause the cleaning solution to dry up quickly, leaving behind residue in the form of streaks and spots.
The best time to clean windows is on overcast days or when the sun is not hitting the glass directly. This will give you more time to remove the cleaning solution and buff the glass to a sparkling finish.
2. Use the Right Tools for the Job
Choose the wrong cloth for the job and your windows will look worse rather than better once the job is done. Most soft cloths and paper towel leave behind lint that can make your windows appear dirty. Instead, choose a microfiber cloth or newspaper for a lint-free clean.
Alternatively, you can also use a squeegee instead of a cloth or newspaper to remove the cleaning solution. This is another great choice for a streak-free finish.
3. Avoid Brushes and harsh cloths
When you’re done cleaning, you want your windows to appear virtually invisible. When you use brushes or harsh cloths, however, you can inadvertently leave tiny scratches in the glass that make the window appear cloudy and hard to see through. Stick to soft microfiber cloths or newspaper to remove window grime.
4. Make Your Own Window Cleaner
Sure, you can buy a bottle of window cleaner at the supermarket, but why spend the money when you probably have all the ingredients to make a great window cleaner at home. All you need is white vinegar, Dawn® dish soap, and water.
Simply add equal parts water and vinegar to a spray bottle along with a few drops of dish soap and voila! You have an effective window cleaner. This window cleaner is especially effective in the kitchen where windows tend to be a bit greasy. The dish soap cuts right through the grease, leaving behind a sparkling shine.
5. Use WD-40 to Remove Sticker Residue
If you have kids, you’ve likely spent your fair share of time scraping stickers off various surfaces in your home. Since scraping anything on window glass isn’t recommended, using WD-40 instead enables you to remove that sticker with ease.
Just peel off as much of the sticker as possible, spray some WD-40 on what remains, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe clean. Be sure to clean the window as normal afterward.
Not many people can say they enjoy doing the windows, but with these helpful tips, the chore is much easier than ever.