There’s probably isn’t as anything boring as cleaning windows. It takes up a lot of time- time that could instead be spent catching up on the latest episodes of your favourite TV show or some important work. However, clean windows are a great-enough reward to just give up on it.
Whether it’s your home or an office you own or manage, clean windows can really make or break the aesthetic. They’re one of the initial things that an outsider sees and therefore a crucial part of the first impression. So you don’t just have to clean your windows; you have to do it regularly and properly.
If you’re not that familiar with window-cleaning, don’t worry. We’ve compiled some helpful tips that cover the most basic things that you need to know:
Get the Right Tools and Supplies
It isn’t a matter of just wiping your windows down with a damp cloth and drying it with a separate rag. Here are some of the basic items you’ll need for any window-cleaning attempt.
- Microfiber cloth
- Rubber squeegee – which will be used for drying
- Clean cloth
- Large Towel – needed to protect your floor
- A basic cleaning solution
It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with aluminium windows or switchable glass, these tools and supplies will work for any kind.
Making Your Own Cleaning Solution
While you can buy any amount of professional window cleaning solution, the safest thing to use is a mixture of dish soap and water. Here are some options when it comes to a homemade cleaning solution:
- Mix a quarter cup of rubbing alcohol, a quarter cup of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and around half a litre of water.
- Mix 7.5 litres of water with just one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.
- Make a mixture that’s half water and half white vinegar.
When mixing, make sure that you have a large enough bucket to do it in.
Removing Stubborn Stains
While light stains will be removed when you’re cleaning the windows, you often come across a few that are more stubborn; substances like bird droppings that cannot be cleared so easily. Here are a few ways to get rid of them:
- Locate the stain and spray it with undiluted vinegar. Allow around five minutes to pass and then proceed to clear it off with a clean cloth.
- If you’re dealing with some sort of mineral deposit, then it’s best to get a specific removing cleaner for the job. Spray some onto a microfiber cloth and rub it on the spot. Afterwards rinse with water and start cleaning.
- For particularly hard stains, you may have to use a razor. However, before you do that, you should spray the stain with vinegar to help you loosen it. Then cover the area with soap and start scraping off gently with a razor.
- Sometimes you may have to use a professional cleaner for the job. If so get on that contains oxalic acid and mix it with water to make a paste. Cover the spot with the paste and then rub it with a clean microfiber cloth. Rinse afterwards.
And those are the most basic things you need to know in order to get started with window cleaning!