Updated: Apr 24
Spring is here! Everybody are getting their house ready for the warm and lovely weather. Within the many chores on the list, like pulling patio and organizing the back yard, there is also one tedious chore- cleaning windows. We gathered some do’s and don’ts for windows cleaning to make sure you get it right the first time.
Here are some Do’s:
1. Choose a cloudy cool day.
The best day to clean your windows is a cloudy cool day. This weather allows you to wash your windows properly compared to a hot and sunny day. On hot days the cleaner dries into the hot window before you get to wipe it. Therefore, it leaves your windows with dirt and stains.
2. Remove dirt and dust first.
Before you start cleaning the glass, sweep dirt from the window frame. This will prevent dirt from turning into a muddy mess when mixed with a cleaner. If your window screen looks especially grimy, pull it out and wash with hot water and a soft brush and let dry before putting it back.
TIP: A paint can opener is the perfect tool for popping out window screens.
3. Use glass cleaner generously.
Spritz glass cleaner generously to dissolve and suspend the dirt so it can be completely wiped away.
Here is a recipe for effective home made glass cleaner:
· 2 cups water
· 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
Combine the ingredients and pour them in a spray bottle.
4. Use squeegee and mops for bigger windows.
It’s quite challenging to wash big windows, it’s hard to reach all the surface and it’s tedious. In this case squeegees and mops are effective tools.
A 12- to 14-in. squeegee is a good size for most situations. Wash the rubber blade after each cleaning to prevent streaks.
5. Use paper towel and then microfiber cloth.
Use paper towel first to wipe off all the dirt, when the glass is clean then use the microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloth cleans glass perfectly and leave the glass shiny and streak-free without scratching it.
TIP: Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove silicone caulk and water stains.
Here are some Don’ts:
1. Don’t use a newspaper with spray cleaners
When you use newspapers with spray cleaners on your windows you move the dirt around. Therefore, you are increasing the positive charge on the glass, which will in turn, cause it to attract more dirt.
2. Don’t scrub off stubborn dirt with razor blades
If you encounter stubborn stain such as leaf or insect litter, don’t use a razor blade to scrub it off. When scratched with a razor blade glass will be damaged by permanent marks. In this case try to apply kitchen dish liquid on the spot and leave it for a few minutes and then rub it with a soft brush.