You can easily clean your windows at home with basic window cleaner and a paper towel; but sometimes, that’s just not enough. This process can take a while to complete if you live in a large home, and it is not always as effective as professional window cleaning. If you want to make your windows sparkle and shine, follow this guide showing how to clean your windows like a professional.
Create Your Own Window Cleaner
You don’t have to use Windex and other window cleaners to get your glass looking its best. Some of the biggest pros in the industry use nothing more than warm water with a drop of dishwashing liquid in it. The goal here is to keep suds at a minimum so you have less to wipe off when you are finished. Get a plastic bucket to mix your solution in, and you’re all set.
Use a Strip Applicator or Sponge
Rather than using paper towels to wipe off the window cleaner, you can use a strip applicator or sponge to wash your windows. A strip applicator is a large brush with soft fabric bristles that trap in dirt without scratching your windows. Think of this like a handheld mop for your windows. Strip applicators work well for large windows, but they aren’t ideal for multi-paned windows that have trim all over them. If you have windows like this, you will need to use a sponge instead.
Use a Squeegee
A squeegee will help you efficiently remove the window cleaner from your windows. You can get a small handheld squeegee or a larger one, depending on how your windows are shaped. Once you have scrubbed the cleaner onto the windows, simply wipe them down with a squeegee to get the liquid off. Have a towel on hand to wipe the squeegee after each sweep so you don’t develop excess drips.
If you have windows with more than one pane of glass, you can still use a large squeegee. Just mark off the area where the trim hits the squeegee and then use a razor to cut out a small section of it. Then you can line up the trim with the newly created indention when you clean off the window cleaner.
Soak up the Extra Drips
Even after using a squeegee, you will probably still end up with drips in the corners of your windows. Use a soft washcloth or paper towel to clean these up. Try to just soak up the drips, not wipe them away. This will help you avoid streaks on your clean windows.
Avoid Cleaning in Direct Sunlight
The sun will make your window cleaning job a lot harder. It will quickly drip up your cleaning liquid and create awkward glares that you cannot see around. Wait until the sun is on the opposite side of the house or directly above the house at noon. Then you can use the indirect sunlight to see without getting blinded by the glare.
If You Still Need Help…
Don’t be afraid to call in actual window cleaning professionals to take care of the work for you. This is what they do day in and day out, so they have the tools and skills needed to quickly get through a large cleaning project. If you have a multi-storey home with high windows, it may be best to trust the pros to clean your windows safely. All you have to do is sit back and watch them work.
Use the tips above to find a new way to clean your windows.