When was the last time you cleaned your windows?
Do you even remember?
I don’t. Spring cleaning, maybe? After a big storm or when some teenagers egged your house? It’s ok – you’re not alone. Window cleaning is pain in the rear sometimes. It takes up a lot of time, effort, and sometimes special tools to get the job done.
You aren’t the only person waiting to wash your windows until you absolutely have to, that’s for sure. The problem is that they might actually be getting quite dirty without you even noticing! It’s not uncommon to simply grow used to your windows having spots or flecks of dirt.
They rarely look dirty suddenly or overnight. Dirt and junk build up slowly over time, so from day to day your windows look the same to you – but they’re getting dirtier each week.
It’s ridiculous to clean your windows weekly – or even monthly! What a task! Ladders and hoses and buckets and squeegees… It’s enough to make you want to fake an injury to get out of it! Instead, we have some simple tips for you to help your windows look cleaner and brighter longer.
Tip #1: Clean With 100% Effort
The best way to ensure clean windows that last is to really give your whole effort when you DO a full cleaning. Get your entire family on board and spend as long as it takes. Rinse your windows thoroughly, use a gentle cleanser to scrub the windows and sills, then squeegee carefully and buff to avoid streaks.
Tip #2: Ditch Paper Towels & Rags
They’re too streaky! No matter how carefully you wipe, you will leave streaks, dots, and lint behind if you’re wiping with paper towels or rags of any type. An ancient trick is to wipe with newspapers – they’re absorbent and leave nothing behind, though they may stain your hands with the ink! You can get the same effect by using cheap paper coffee filters. Who knew? We did! If you want to go the washable/renewable route, invest in some microfiber cloths to wash and reuse.
Tip #3: Avoid Direct Sunlight
It can be tempting to clean on a beautiful day when you can be outside or throw open your windows for a nice view and lovely breeze. Unfortunately the sun can actually make the suds set on your glass before they’re wiped free – making your work very streaky and not clear at all.
Tip #4: Use A Whiteboard Eraser
It makes sense, doesn’t it? If you just need a quick buff to make your windows shine, grab a cheap eraser. Run it over your window to pick up dust, lint, and dirt, and to eliminate streaks!
Tip #5: Make Your Own Glass Cleaner
Glass cleaner can be expensive and streaky, especially if you need to do all the windows in your house. Instead make your own with 8 parts water, 1 part vinegar, and a squeeze or two of dish soap. You can add a part of vinegar if your windows are particularly dirty. This is a natural alternative to expensive and chemical-filled window cleaners.
Clean your windows 2-3 times a year and touch them up regularly to achieve the cleanest, brightest windows possible. If you have additional problems contact Mountain States Windows & Siding for help.