We all know the feeling, it tends to set in at certain times of day where the sun is just at the wrong angle in the sky, when it’s suddenly revealed just how dirty your windows are. Fingerprints, marks from rain, bird mess, dust and grime can all lead to your windows becoming dirty. Having clean, fresh windows can make a huge difference to your home and allow in maximum light.
We’ve put together this quick how-to guide to help you to make your windows sparkle – with minimum effort and without needing to buy specialist cleaning products.
Make sure curtains and blinds are out of way before beginning. You don’t necessarily need to remove them completely but just as long as they’re out of harm’s way.
- The first step is to get rid of as much loose dust and dirt. This can be done with a dustpan brush, handled broom or even a vacuum cleaner. Make sure you get any debris stuck in the corners as this will make the wet cleaning stages much more troublesome.
- Using a dish soap, warm water and a sponge, give your window a thorough wash. Try and keep the soap suds to a minimum where possible. Depending on the cleanliness of your window this may not be possible. If you’re dealing with lots of greasy marks and you need lots of soap, give the window a rinse after with warm water.
- Using a squeegee, wipe away the excess water. The best way to do this is by starting at the top of the window and working your way down in S shaped strokes. Every couple of strokes give the squeegee a wipe with a dry cloth or rag to keep from transferring dirt around.
- Aim to wash the windows on a cloudy or cool (but not rainy) day. Although sunshine can help you spot the dirt on your windows, it will dry the window too quickly and could leave them streaky.
- Make a habit of cleaning your windows roughly every six months. If you plan to clean them in spring and autumn then you’ll be impressed by how much lighter and brighter it will make your home.
- If you don’t want to use fairy liquid, and don’t have any specific window cleaning products, you can make your own cleaning solution. Add two tablespoons of vinegar to a small bucket of warm water and hey presto!
- For really dirty or greasy windows, use two tablespoons of household ammonia or domestic borax per gallon and rinse with the vinegar solution above. Finish with a dry, lint-free cloth. Be careful with paint and varnish around the glass with this technique though. It can be quite abrasive.
- Try using a pad of crumpled newspaper to buff the clean, dried glass. The printer’s ink can give your windows an extra sparkle.