Installing a new set of windows can be expensive. As a homeowner, this was an exorbitant investment, but one that you hope will be worthwhile as the years fly by.
To ensure that your windows remain in good condition for the next 10, 20, or 30 years, you need to maintain them well. Without proper care and attention, they could erode and reduce their efficacy. There’s a reason why businesses employ window washing professionals.
You don’t necessarily need a window washing crew, but you will need to mimic their behaviour, in terms of the equipment they utilize or the practices they have. Here are five tips to wash your windows this spring cleaning:
1. Use Window Washing Equipment
When you see window washing professionals clean the windows of businesses and commercial towers, you likely notice all of the equipment they utilize. If you wish to have pristine looking windows, then you need to have these tools in your arsenal this spring cleaning session.
So, what exactly should you have in your tool box? Here are a few suggestions:
- Cotton rag
- Cleaning solution
These are the essential pieces of equipment you’ll need to remove several months worth of dirt.
2. Work Down Your Windows
A common technique that window washing businesses have is that they work down the windows they’re working on. You should do the same thing when you scrub your windows, either inside or outside.
The reason why this works is because you don’t need to worry about excess water coming down, which can ultimately reverse all the hard work you just did.
3. Always Wipe Your Squeegee Clean
Let’s face it: your windows have endured a lot over the last few months, both indoors and outdoors. Rain, sleet, snow, mud, dirt. A lot of nature’s elements slammed into the window.
So, as you wipe your windows, you need to remember to clean the squeegee as well. You use the cotton rag to remove excess dirt and water from your squeegee.
This should be done after every one or two wipes.
4. Be Sure to Wipe Off Excess Water
Are you noticing some excess water along the bottom edges of your windows? It’s a pain but it’s also normal. All you need to do is wipe off the excess water with a lint-free microfiber rag.
By poking your finger into your rag, running down the edge of your window, and removing the leftover suds, you will have dry, clean, and spot-free windows.
5. Employ Old-Fashioned Techniques
In the end, if you’re not able to effectively clean your windows with these window washing techniques or any of the window washing equipment, then perhaps it is time to turn to the past, or at the very least the old-wives suggestions.
Unsure what we’re talking about? Here are some tried and test true methods of yesterday:
Have you ever heard of the newspaper method? This is when you take a cleaning solution, grab a newspaper, scrunch it up, and start scrubbing away the dirt and crime.
Another common age-old trick is the vinegar technique. All you need is a clean rag, some vinegar, and ostensibly this cleans your windows.
One of the most annoying things about your windows is how easily they can scratch. It sometimes seems impossible to eradicate. That is, if you don’t use the jeweller rogue. In addition to good old-fashioned elbow grease, you dampen the rogue, apply it to the glass, and rub the scratch until you can rub no more. Take a breather and rub again. Eventually, the scratch should be gone and never seen again.
Whether you own a home or rent an apartment, you want to have clean windows – inside and outside. Cleaning a window that is outside is a lot harder than cleaning the inside. That said, by employing these tips, you can fight back against mother nature and have windows look like they were just installed a few days ago, whether you use equipment or stuff your grandmother used.