Streaks, sheen and grease marks often get left behind when cleaning windows and it can be a chore to get rid of these. But using the right technique as well as choosing the ideal cleaning solution can prevent this from happening altogether.
Follow these 6 steps to sparkling clean and clear windows quickly and easily.
Step 1 – Choose Your Cleaning Solution
Dish washing detergent diluted in water is one of the best window cleaners as it dissolves grease and grime easily and should not streak. If a sheen is left behind when using this cleaning solution, then you need to dilute with more warm water.
If you prefer a more natural cleaning solution, vinegar diluted in water is just as effective.
Place your solution in a spray bottle or bucket.
Step – 2 Choosing Your Cleaning Materials
A soft cloth soaked in your chosen cleaning solution should be sufficient. However, if the windows are especially dirty and grimy, a sponge may be better suited to the task. A squeegee is ideal for cleaning and drying.
Step 3 – Choose Your Cleaning Time
It is best to clean windows early in the morning, late in the afternoon or when it is overcast – preferably when the sun is not shining directly on them to dry your cleaning solution before you have time to wipe it away. Here at RGS Ltd we love sparkling windows.
Step 4 – Wet Your Windows
Wet windows are far easier to clean than applying your solution to a dry surface. For outside windows, simply spray down with a hose. Use a spray bottle to wet windows indoors.
Step 5 – Apply Your Cleaning Solution
You can dip your cloth or sponge into the cleaning solution and apply directly to the windows, wiping away dirt and grime as you go. Then dry the windows with a soft cloth or paper towel.
Alternatively, spray the windows and wipe away the solution with a dry, soft cloth or paper towel. This is the faster method but you have to be quick about wiping away the spray before it has a chance to dry.
Always clean and wipe your windows dry following a downward motion, from the top to the bottom of the window pane.
Step 6 – Streaks
A paper towel or microfiber cloth are both very effective at rubbing away streaks that may occur after you have dried your windows.
It is recommended to clean windows at least once a week or more often if necessary to make the job much easier.