Cleaning windows can be challenging, but with the right techniques, you can easily get your windows spotless. Wondering what to do? Try these tips.
1. Reduce Internal Threats That Make Windows Dirty
If you cook a lot, make sure that you use your extractor fan as much as possible. In particular, anytime you are cooking with oil, you want that fan to be running. Otherwise, the oil migrates to the windows and creates a not-so-nice layer of oily scum.
To deter children and pets away from windows, consider orienting furniture so that it blocks their access to windows as much as possible. Also, keeping hands and paws clean can also help.
2. Clean Sills and Window Frames First
Regardless of what you do, occasionally, the windows will get dirty. Before cleaning the glass, make sure that the areas around them are clean. To clean these areas, use a bucket of soapy water and a separate rag than the one you plan to use for your windows.
If your windows have a lot of caked on dirt or dust, you also need to clean them separately before moving onto polishing them.
3. Don't Forget the Tracks
You don't have to do this every time you clean the windows, but at least seasonally, you should take some time to clean out the window tracks. Vacuum first to remove loose debris, and then, wrap a rag around your index finger and run that through the tracks repeatedly.
4. Use Ammonia for Cleaning
You don't need expensive glass cleaner to clean windows. Instead, just try ammonia. It tends to be a lot cheaper. Be careful about the amount you put on your rag. Inhaling too much ammonia can cause headaches and dizziness.
5. Use a Dry Rag
To get your windows as streak-free as possible, you need to use a very dry rag. Some people have luck with a microfiber cloth, and others prefer to use newspapers. You may need to experiment until you find the right approach.
6. Consider a Cleaner With Rain Repellant for Outside
Cleaning the inside of the windows is just half the battle. If you really want them to shine, you need to clean the outside windows as well. You may want to look for a cleaner that has a rain repellent in it. That creates a sealant that helps protect your windows against water spots.To get more tips, contact a window expert directly.
If your windows are looking worn, even after a good cleaning, it may be time to consider having new windows installed around your house as well. Reach out to a local vendor for more information.