How To Give Your Windows A Professional Cleaning Treatment

shutterstock_217075912Cleaning your windows and glass doors can be a huge job, particularly if you have a home with a lot of glass. And there’s nothing worse once you’ve finished the job only to realise when the sun hits it that your glass has dried with streaks across it. We’ve put together some helpful advice to turn the chore of window cleaning into a quick and streak-free job.

The tools

Before you begin, you might want to think about gathering the following tools to make your job easier. There’s nothing worse than starting a job and realising you’re short on a piece of necessary cleaning equipment.

  • Bucket
  • Mop head – Don’t use a mop head that is old and fraying, as this will leave fibres on the glass.
  • Squeegee – If you can get hold of a squeegee with a swivel head, it will make the process even easier.
  • Detergent – This is the most important piece of equipment to use, and it’s essential you choose the right product for your needs. The Palmolive window washing detergent is a good choice, as it’s soft on the hands and suds up nicely to help lubricate the rubber of the squeegee.

NB: For certain situations you may even want to invest in a scraper, which is useful for chipping off tough spots like paint, varnish, or dead bugs.

The process

Prevent glass streaks or scratches by first preparing the surrounding area of your windows before you start in on the window washing. It is recommended that you vacuum before beginning your window treatments. By using the vacuum’s hose extension to suck up the dust settled around your window sills, corners, and blinds, you can minimize the debris that otherwise might be spread around when channeling your inner Mr. Clean. If vacuuming doesn’t do enough to get rid of the dust bunnies, you can even use a cotton swab dipped in white vinegar to clear out that lingering grime.

Be sure to use cold water instead of hot, because warmer water will evaporate quicker. On that same note, make sure you schedule your window washing on a cloudy day, or at least on a day without a blazing sun. If your windows are too warm from the rays, the soap will dry too fast and will leave your glass streaked and cloudy.

Give your windows a professional treatment by dipping your mop head in the water and lightly scrubbing the window. Then grab your squeegee, and, starting at the top corner, apply light pressure and pull down with a straight stroke. Repeat this motion all the way across the windowpane until you get to the opposite side. Remember to wipe the squeegee blade with a lint-free cloth after each down-stroke. When you’ve finished with the vertical strokes, pull the blade horizontally from top to bottom to catch any leftover drips.

And that’s it! You’re now a professional window cleaner!

Final tip

If you would prefer to make your own cleaning solution, here are a couple ingredients that you can find around your house that will add a little extra oomph to your window washing ways.

If you start with a gallon of water, you can add ¼ cup of white vinegar along with your teaspoon of dish detergent. Some people like adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for a fresh citrus smell after you’ve finished cleaning.