Window cleaning is something that most folks take for granted, and that’s where they go wrong! The shape of the windows can have a significant impact on the aesthetics, and value of your property, and not everyone will tell you about this.
Making the windows spotlessly clean may seem like a simple chore, but it isn’t! From cleaning the glass pane to dusting the sills, there are a lot of things that you need to do.
To make things easier for you, and to save you from the hassle, we are here with this guide to clean windows.
Just go through the post, and be an expert window cleaner right away.
Things You Need Before Getting Started
Cleaning the windows inside and out may take some time, but if you muster for it, then you can do it a lot quicker. Here are some cleaning tools that you need to gather before starting with the window cleaning.
- A bucket
- A duster
- Liquid dish soap
- Cleaning clothes (lint-free)
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Microfiber cloth
- Non-scratch sponges
You will find most of the items around the house if there’s something missing, order it from Amazon quickly, and get started with the final cleaning.
Start with Cleaning the Inside
You should start by cleaning the inner part first before going outside. For your ease, we have categorized the cleaning steps. Just keep reading, and follow the steps one-by-one.
Step 1: Prepare the cleaning solution.
Take a bucket and add some water to it. There’s no need to take lukewarm water, as the regular tap water is sufficient for the job.
Add a few drops of cleaning detergent into the bucket after pouring a few liters of water.
Step 2: Prevent any spills while cleaning.
As you are cleaning the inside of the windows first, so it is essential to ensure that there are no spills at all. Cover everything around the windows with dry towels to protect them from catching any spills.
Step 3: Do the dusting
Before you spray water or cleaning solution on the windows, it would be great to dust them. Use a duster or some clean clothes to get rid of the dust, cobwebs, and other such elements that are making the windows look old and soiled.
Start from the top and then come to the bottom. Follow this for all the windows around the house.
Step 4: Spray some cleaning solution.
Spray the prepared solution on the windows, and clean it using a soft sponge. Try to clean the window in a circular motion to ensure that there are no streaks at all.
Do this to all windows, and you can even add a pinch of ammonia to the solution if it’s not able to clean the stubborn grime on the edges of the window.
Step 5: Get rid of the excess solution.
To clean the excess solution, you should use a rubber-blade squeegee. A squeegee works better when it comes to removing the solution from the glass. After that, use a lint-free cloth and clean the entire glass and the wooden frame.
In case the dust is still there, then spray some solution again and let it sit for some time. You can increase the vinegar content or add some ammonia for effective cleaning.
Now it’s time to Clean the Outside of the Windows.
The outside of the windows requires more cleaning as they have to withstand the harsh climatic conditions and dust. Before starting with the cleaning, get a long hose and connect it with the garden’s water supply for rinsing the windows.
Step 1: Do the rinsing
Rinsing the windows requires care because it’s mostly made using wood. Reduce the water pressure and then start rinsing the glasses and frames of the windows.
You can even use a damp cloth to clean the windows if you don’t want to rinse them with water.
Step 2: Clean using a microfiber cloth
Use a microfiber cloth, and clean all the windows with minimal pressure. For windows that are out of your reach, use a sponge mop, and get rid of the excess water.
Step 3: Spray some cleaning solution.
Get the cleaning solution that you’ve prepared and spray it all over the windows. If the windows are in a filthy condition, use a sponge to rub the cleaning solution.
We recommend adding more ammonia and vinegar to the cleaning solution when cleaning the outer of the windows.
Step 4: Wipe the windows dry.
Wipe the windows dry, and then use a rubber-blade squeegee to remove the water. For more effective cleaning, point the squeegee towards the bottom.
You can even use a lint-free cloth to dry the windows.
Step 5: Clean the stubborn stains and dirt
To clean the bird droppings, and other such stains use vinegar and water. Prepare a solution in a bottle, and pour it over the stains. Leave it for a few minutes and scrape the stains using a plastic scraper.
For cleaning the mineral deposits use a CLR cleaning solution like Zephyr Pro-50 Eliminator, because vinegar solution will not work on them.
Step 6: Final cleaning
Now clean everything that you have sprayed over the window and its frame. Clean the glass using a microfiber cloth, and make sure that there are no water droplets over it.
Do this to all the windows outside the house to ensure that all of them look spotlessly clean.
Cleaning the windows in and out can be a task, especially if you have a big house. Well, at Effly we are here to take up this job so that you can spend more time with your family.
Also, go through this guide on “how to prepare your house before the professional cleaners arrive”, to make it easier for our cleaners to plunge into action right after they arrive at your door.