One thing every room has, (just about) is windows. Clean windows should be considered part and parcel of a clean house. Imagine how unpleasant it looks to visitors or passers-by from the outside.
Though often ignored, windows are the part of our homes that are most prone to dirt because they comes in direct contact with the outdoors. Maybe that’s why we don’t think too hard about them – because we feel the dirt is on the outside, but take a closer look; you’ll find plenty on the inside too!
Cleaning windows may seem like a pain but it’s a lot easier than you might think. Here’s an easy guide for window cleaning.
You’ll need to get hold of:
- Squeegee (with removal blades is best)
- Chamois or microfibre cloth
- Cleaning solution (see below)
- Use a clean dry rag to wipe your windows, inside and outside, work top to bottom. Don’t forget windowsills & frames too.
- Make up your cleaning solution. Strength will depend on how grubby your windows are, bird poo or mud splashes, make it a little stronger.
Cleaning solution options:
- Window wash from your DIY store
- ½ a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in 4 litres of warm water.
- 1 cup surgical spirit, 1 cup white vinegar, 3 drops dishwashing liquid (this is the serious mix).
- And I’m sure there are plenty more!
- Sponge in, squeeze out the excess and start washing. You don’t need to scrub away stains; that’s what the squeegee is for, you’re just wiping off surface dirt and getting the windows wet and soapy for the next stage.
- Squeegee time! Move it across the window in an S-pattern to clean. For little panes, vertical or horizontal strokes work and are required all in corners.
- Use the dampened sponge again and repeat with your squeegee.
- Now and again use your clean rag to wipe the squeegee blade clean. (Removable blades means if they get damaged you can change it out and not buy a whole new squeegee).
- Get you chamois/microfibre cloth, dunk it in the cleaning solution (unless it’s gone brown by now – time for fresh!), and wring it out until just damp. Now wipe the window dry, including corners and edges and lastly windowsills.
- A warm cloudy day is a good day to show up the true state of your windows and dry them while cleaning.
- Greasy windows, try 2 tablespoons of household ammonia per 5 litres of water and sponge-wash the windows before wiping them off with a vinegar and water solution.
- Newspaper is a cheap window pane buffer but not all newspapers are created equal, you may be better off with a microfibre cloth – more robust.
There may come a time when you’ll need to call for a professional, how much free time do you have and how do you feel about shinning up a ladder and using special equipment to reach above a single story.
When you consider the cost of buying ladders and other equipment you may just decide to have someone else doing it.