Many of us pay for a service to have our windows cleaned, but that can become very expensive. Cleaning windows, mirrors, and other glass around your home on your own isn’t a difficult task, but getting it done efficiently and streak-free can be a challenge.
Wash your windows the fastest way with crystal clear, streak-free results.
A few tips and the correct tools, however, can make this dreaded task simpler, leave your glass surfaces sparkling clean, and save you a lot of money in the long run.
Clean the Glass Surfaces as Professionals
– Clean From Top to Bottom
If you really want your window or mirror to be streak free, clean from the top to the bottom, to make sure that no drips will happen on the glass surfaces that are already perfectly cleaned.
– Wash Window on a Cloudy Day
You may think this should be the opposite, but the sun can prematurely dry the window washing fluid, leaving residue and streaks. If you wait for a cloudy day to wash your windows, the cleaning solution will remain until you wipe it away and you will end up with a brilliant shine.
– Use a Squeegee
Sometimes the first wipe of the cloth doesn’t remove all of the cleaning solution and having to re-wipe areas of glass. Using a squeegee, makes it effortless to polish each section of the window. A long-handled squeegee is a must if you will be doing tall windows, and it will do double duty in cleaning shower walls as well.
– Clean Corners With Cotton Swabs
A cotton swab is a perfect size and does the trick! for cleaning those hard to reach areas of the windows in your home.
– Try an Old T-Shirt
Old t-shirts are ideal for cleaning glass because they won’t have any lint residue and they are just absorbent enough to get a window polished clean. Using old tees instead of paper towels is a great way to save money on housekeeping costs—and is good for the environment.
– Try Homemade Window Cleaner
To create your own glass cleaner, mix together 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar. This can also be used to give a nice shine to hard tiles, chrome, and other surfaces.
– You can also use newspapers for additional polishing of glass, but this is your free will, it is not necessary.
– Many window materials can damage the wooden surfaces of our mirrors and windows. Be careful not to let it fall on wood that can damage these surfaces.
Window washing with vinegar is a miracle from nature. Completely non-toxic and anti-bacterial, vinegar is actually beneficial to any surface it touches. It safely kills germs and is much more economical than chemical cleaning solutions. It’s not even harmful when accidentally inhaled or ingested, it will mean a lot to you especially if you have children.
The acidic composition of vinegar acts quickly to break down the kind of film that frequently accumulates on glass surfaces. When you wash a window using a solution that contains vinegar, the results will almost always be free from streaks and sparkling clean.
In a spray bottle, mix 50% distilled vinegar (white) and 50% tap water.
For extremely grimy glass, prewash with very soapy water, then go to the vinegar spray.
If you have very resistant stains try rubbing hard with a cloth dipped in undiluted vinegar.