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7 Window Cleaning Tips

If you don’t like to wash your windows, you’re not alone. According to a recent Yelp study on the top 10 most hated chores, “washing windows” wins the #8 spot. But that’s no reason to pout. Windows provide us with many benefits, like the warmth of natural sunlight. So let’s get ready to shine, and take a look at 7 window cleaning tips.

1. Gather the Right Tools

Before starting the cleaning process, you’ll want to have the appropriate tools handy. We suggest a squeegee, microfiber cloth, a bucket, mild detergent or window cleaner, and a scrubber or sponge. 

2. Choose the Right Cleaning Solution

Selecting the right cleaning solution is crucial for any job and especially so for achieving streak-free windows. Avoid harsh chemicals that may damage the glass or leave residue behind. Instead, opt for a gentle, non-ammonia-based cleaner or make your own solution using a mixture of water and vinegar. This eco-friendly alternative effectively removes dirt and grime without harming the environment.

3. Clean on a Cloudy Day

Believe it or not, the weather can impact the outcome of your window cleaning efforts. While it’s important to have a consistent cleaning schedule, for windows it’s best to tackle this task on a cloudy day or when the windows aren’t directly exposed to sunlight. Cleaning windows in direct sunlight can cause the cleaning solution to dry too quickly, leading to streaks and smudges.

4. Start from the Top

Begin cleaning your windows from the top and work your way down. This prevents dirty water from dripping onto sections that have already been cleaned, minimizing the chances of streaks. Use a damp sponge or scrubber to apply the cleaning solution evenly, paying extra attention to stubborn stains or buildup.

5. Master the Squeegee Technique

The key to streak-free windows lies in mastering the squeegee technique. Start by wetting the squeegee blade with clean water and then wipe it across the top of the window in a horizontal motion. After each pass, wipe the blade with a clean cloth to remove any excess water. Continue this process until the entire window is clean, overlapping each stroke slightly to ensure thorough coverage.

6. Don’t Forget the Frames and Tracks

While focusing on achieving sparkling glass, it’s easy to overlook the frames and tracks surrounding the windows. However, these areas also accumulate dust and grime over time. Use a soft-bristled brush or vacuum attachment to remove debris from the frames and tracks before wiping them down with a damp cloth.

7. Polish for a Flawless Finish

Once you’ve cleaned the windows and frames, take an extra step to polish the glass for a flawless finish. Use a dry microfiber cloth or chamois to buff the glass in circular motions, removing any remaining streaks or water spots. This final touch will leave your windows sparkling and enhance the overall appearance of your home.

Maintaining clean windows enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home and allows more natural light to brighten your living space. If you have some spring cleaning to do and need some help, reach out to us today.

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