How to cleaning windows easily
Cleaning glass can be tedious work, so it is highly recommended that you do it right from the start. This way you won’t have to do all the work again.
Learning to clean windows is about learning how to get the best scratch-free results possible with minimal effort. We will detail some tricks to obtain perfect and bright windows with a minimum of effort and time.
Before you start cleaning your windows
Don’t start cleaning windows until you’ve reviewed the following tips:
- It’s a sunny day? If so, wait until you have a cloudy day; It might be easier to see stains on a sunny day, but the sun that dries windows too quickly is usually the cause of the streaks in the first place.
- Have you brushed, swept, or vacuum the window? It is so much easier to wash dust-free windows, so vacuum the sills and sills first. Also, doing so will ensure there is no mess on the floor afterward.
- Have you removed the windows? This is not necessary, but if you are doing thorough cleaning, is the best. In this way you can work easily and avoid a mess. Also, you can use this as a good opportunity to clean or refresh the curtains and blinds.
- Do you have a newspaper on hand? If you only have a couple of microfiber garments, polishing the clean, dry glass with crumpled paper will give your crystals a shiny, streak-free finish.
The best ways to clean windows
There are many options to take, depending on how dirty your windows are, how big they are and how long you have. We’ve broken down the different ways to clean windows to reflect what you might be dealing with.
Scratch-free finish on fairly clean windows with microfiber cloths and water
If your windows are regularly cleaned and not horribly dirty, you can simply use a damp microfiber cloth to moisten them and a dry cloth (or a series of dry cloths) to dry them for a streak-free cleaning.
The advantage of these cloths is that they can simply be placed in the washing machine, and they will be ready to use next time, making them a fairly environmentally friendly way to clean windows. Additionally, you can use a squeegee before drying windows with your microfiber cloth to reduce the amount of cloth you use and get the job done even faster.
Note: do not change microfiber cloths for kitchen rolls. Most will disintegrate when wet and will leave lint deposits on the window panes.
Soapy water and a scratchy sponge to remove medium-grade dirt
If the microfiber cloths are not coping with the dirt on your window, you may need to take a washing solution with warm water.
Start by cleaning with soapy water and an abrasive sponge, then rinse the windows with clean water. Use a squeegee to remove more soap deposits; then use the microfiber cloths for a streak-free finish.
Note: do not make the water too bubbly. It will leave soapy foam like dirty streaks on your windows and you wish you had never started.
Get a squeegee to clean windows
Just use the sponge mentioned in the previous tip and then bring a squeegee to the soapy foam to leave a streak-free shine. Finish with a clean, dry cloth, and voila.
Remove stubborn dirt with vinegar
Vinegar is probably what your grandparents used to wash their windows, and it still looks like a really effective way to remove stubborn dirt. Better yet, it is non-toxic and antibacterial.
To make your own vinegar-based window cleaning solution, simply add two tablespoons to a small bucket of warm water. Then follow the steps for using soapy water, and be sure to wear rubber gloves.
If the dirt is very, very difficult to remove, put the vinegar solution in a spray bottle and apply it to the crystals, then leave it for a few minutes before tackling with the sponge.
It is advisable to ventilate the room, the vapors will not harm you but they can be quite strong.
Note: do not use a vinegar solution on any window that has frames painted with matte paint or only undercoat; you can create spots on the frames.
Use a professional cleaning liquid if you can’t use the vinegar
If you’re ready to use a chemical cleaner, we recommend a product that uses professional window cleaners. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for most excellent results.
Note: do not cleaning the window from an outside staircase leaves that to the professionals.
Quickly clean with a window vacuum
If your house has a large glazed expanse or you are lucky to have many large windows throughout the house, a window vacuum can help you clean windows quickly and with good results.
Choose a cordless model with a decent battery and keep in mind that these cleaners tend to work best with a cleaning fluid, so if you’re looking for a natural solution that doesn’t include chemicals, you may want to keep reading.
Note: do not invest in one of these devices to clean small windows. These appliances are best suited for large expanses of glass.
Clean windows with lemon
This is a simple alternative to window cleaners, which cleans and has a smooth abrasive action.
Simply cut a lemon in half, being careful to remove all the seeds, and rub half of the lemon all over the window, finishing with a lint-free cloth. This method will work best on smaller windows, as it requires a lot of work and lemon.
How to clean windows with isopropyl alcohol
Don’t you have or don’t want to use vinegar or lemon? Find your first aid kit. Rubbing alcohol is excellent for cleaning and disinfecting, cutting even the most difficult dirt. The trick is to always mix it with distilled water instead of just plain tap water. Distilled water does not have any mineral content that may appear on windows as streaks once the alcohol has evaporated. Use a couple of tablespoons for every 500 ml of water.