Windows serve different purposes in our homes; they are not just for aesthetics. They help in keeping our houses insulated, well-lit, and aesthetic. Indoor air can leak from inside to outside the house, which renders our AC ineffective. They also determine the quality of sunlight as dirty windows can cause visible spots and shadows. And of course, without windows, the interior design would be incomplete.  

 

This is where proper window installation and window maintenance become significant in your daily or weekly house chores. While windows installations require a careful one-time process, windows maintenance is done on a regular basis. And this is why you are reading this article. We will share with you effective and efficient tips for cleaning your windows.  

Take the following materials in order to have a professional finish: 

  • Sponge 
  • Bucket 
  • Broom handle and/large dry brush for removing dust and cobwebs 
  • Microfibre cloth 
  • Squeegee 
  • Drying pad or a dry lint-free cloth 
  • Brown paper or newspaper 

1.Remove everything from the windows – this includes the curtains, blinds, or anything that can obstruct your view and cleaning method. You may also take the time and chance to give your drapes some wash with a fabric freshener. After cleaning, you can now use your broom with dusting attachment or a dry brush to sweep away the cobwebs and dust from around the corners of the windows and also on the windowsills.  

2.Cleaning solutions – there are many cleaning solutions you can try at home. If you do not have any cleaning agents available, most of the experts would recommend an organic ingredient to use: vinegar. The vinegar has some acids that are able to remove stains and dirt from the windows. The smell might be tangy but it could just last for 15 minutes. When you are not comfortable with vinegar, you can also use warm water and dish soap for spray. Avoid using too many soaps a this will leave some residue once it dried. When you now have your cleaning agent, you can now start brushing your windows using a non-abrasive sponge. 

3.Wie off any excess cleaner – this is important because as mentioned, cleaning solutions, when not removed or washed thoroughly, can leave some residue on your windows, making it looks blurry and stained. This forfeits the whole cleaning process. The residue might dry up and may be difficult to remove. You can also opt to use a squeegee for a streak-free finish. Just do not forget to wipe it off every time you use it. When cleaning, avoid using clothes with many lines as well as paper towels  

4.Make sure you are in the right timing – when cleaning windows, most people would think that cleaning windows on a sunny day id the ideal time when in fact it should be on a cloudy day. This is because the sun will dry the cleaning solution very quickly leaving some residue and some dreaded streaks.  

Those are the four tips we can share when it comes to cleaning your windows effectively. You do not need to hire professional services regularly, although having them once in a while can really provide several benefits for your windows.