Best Tips And Tricks To Clean Windows
Hazy weather, oily hand prints, or children now and then spilling something, there are many ways in which our windows can get dirty and opaque and sometimes, the stain gets permanent and it becomes extremely difficult to remove it. however, we have posted a list of easy, tried and tested methods which will leave our windows stainless and sparkling in sunshine days. These methods are easy to come up with and will come extremely handy in house cleaning crises’.
Make your home cleaner:
- Instead of using store bought window cleaners which are expensive to buy but completely useless when needed, you can create your own concoction at home at a lesser price, and one that is highly effective. Take out an empty spray bottle and thoroughly rinse it. then, combine two tablespoons ammonia, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ¼ cup anti-bacterial dish washing liquid. Using a funnel, pour the liquid into the spray bottle and then spray it on windows.
- You can create your own homemade window cleaner by using a newspaper instead of rags or paper towels, it will leave your hands dirty but leave your windows sparkling and lint free. You must dip the crumbled newspaper into a bucket of homemade cleaner while wearing rubber gloves, then wipe down the glass with the wet newspaper, and to finish off, use dry newspapers to polish the windows.
- A method commonly used today and regarded more potential than using newspapers to clean windows is using paper coffee fillers since it is more convenient, less expensive and is lint free. This method is cheaper to use and coffee filters are more water-absorbant so your windows will not be left with trails of slime from window cleaning liquid, and neither will your hands be stained with ink from newspapers. Adopt the same method as previously stated in tip 3 with the newspaper, dip the filters into a bucket of homemade window cleaning liquid and use it to wipe down windows and mirrors while wearing rubber gloves.
- Using an old-fashioned blackboard eraser is also an efficient method to create crystal clean windows. After washing and drying your windows using coffee fillers or newspaper, run a blackboard eraser over the windows to remove liquid stains and give it a sparkling outlook.
- Try avoiding window washing days on sunny and windy days because if the glass warms too much while the windows are wet, then it will dry the cleaner before you have a chance to wipe it down. As a result you will be left with spots, streaks and liquid stains, which will be difficult to remove.
- Dusty sills and frames can be the biggest challenge to having clean windows but the way to resolve this is by opening the window and sweeping out the debris using a small-handled brush that comes with the dustpan. Also keep a cloth-wrapped screwdriver in handy to reach in narrow places to swipe out dead bugs and dirt particles.
- Leaving our windows closed can form a grime plaster over the screens, and if you ever open your windows for some fresh air, the dust particles will flow inside your house. Pick up a vacuum and run it over the screen to remove the grime, the fastest method suggested is side-to-side and top-to-bottom.
- A method to make sure your windows gleam brightly on sunny days: spray the inside of the glass until it is heavily misted, then using a clean cloth, wipe it horizontally until it is dry. Then tilt the window the other way, repeat the spraying process but this time wipe down in a vertical manner as it will bring out the streaks and you can easily remove them. If you have double hung windows that do not fold in, then slide up the bottom pane so you can reach out and spray it then wipe it down using a cloth, then slide down the top panel to repeat the same process.
- As suggested by some people, using a simple vinegar solution is also the best way to ensure clean windows. If the windows are dirty, then first wipe down the dusty substance using a liquid soap formulae. Then create a vinegar formulae by mixing together one cup of distilled white vinegar and one cup of water, and use it to spray and wipe.
- Some users suggest that the best utensils to wipe down windows with are newspaper since it is lint free and the texture of the crumbled paper is more efficient in wiping away the soot. Squeegees are also good to use for wiping down water and dust streaks in one stroke.
- The most important thing to look out before you start window washing is the type of water to are using for cleaning. Water content can make a difference to your glass windows, especially if you are using hard water which can leave behind streaks and visible stains. When you are diluting your glass cleaner, use distilled water as it doesn’t contain the minerals that are present in ordinary tap water, so there are less chances for it leaving behind opaque streaks and stains on your windows.
- When wiping down soot-ridden windows or heavy streaks on windows, use a smaller portion of soap in your mixture as using too much can leave a sticky residue on the surface which is an obnoxious problem to remove.
- Prevent using paper towels to wipe down windows as they can leave behind streaks, especially linty ones. Instead, use a squeeze or newspaper along with you must put on a pair of gloves to prevent inky stains.
- Sometimes, even after continuous effort to remove the dirt stains there are still streaks or opaque marks left behind, but the solution to remove them is a with a quick buff using a microfiber cloth or a regular piece of rag. Buff over the glass after a wet swiping job and those streaks will disappear. You can also prevent such dirt stains or marks from ever occurring up again by wiping down your windows every day using a newspaper or a sprint of vinegar solution.