For spotless, streak-free windows that look like they’ve been cleaned by a pro, try some of these handy tips. Start by cleaning the horizontal blinds. Your local dollar store will have a little tool that makes quick work of this task. Raise the blinds so they’re out of the way.
Homemade window cleaner is just as effective as store bought and is a fraction of the cost. Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of dish detergent, and 2 cups of warm water. Stir or shake until blended. Some people may be concerned with the smell of vinegar but it dries odourless.
Try to clean your windows on a sunless day to avoid streaks caused by the sun drying the cleaning solution before it can be removed.
Use liberal amounts of the cleaning solution and use a squeegee for the best results. Small ones are best for inside, larger ones work best outside. If you choose cloths, use something really absorbent, such as terry cloth. An old towel cut into 12” squares is an economical choice because the cleaning cloths can be laundered and reused for many different projects.
If the windows are visibly dirty or have oil build-up from cooking, etc. scrub the glass with the cleaning solution and a terry cloth. This will also remove the waxy coating that some store bought window cleaners can leave behind. For paint drips or other hard to remove spots, use a razor blade to scrape the glass clean.
Using a squeegee, remove the cleaning solution from the top of the window with a single horizontal motion. Wipe the rubber blade. Repeat horizontal passes, overlapping about 2” and angling the squeegee blade slightly so the water is directed to the bottom of the pane.
Using a terry cloth, wipe excess water from around the edge of the glass where it meets the frame.
Tips from the pros
Outside windows can be cleaned with straight water when combined with a scrub brush. An extension pole with a soft cleaning brush makes it easy to reach windows above grade. Begin by rinsing the window and the siding around it thoroughly with a hose. Be careful when using a pressure washer around windows as it can damage the seals. If you have a helper, have them point the hose at the window while you scrub the glass gently with the brush. The combination of the two actions will loosen and wash away dirt without the need for soap that can leave streaks. An alternative is to purchase a water-powered rotating brush.
To keep windows clean all summer, use a product like Rain-X on exterior glass. It is a hydrophobic coating that repels water and dirt particles.
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