The start of a New Year is the perfect time to spring into action and get your house feeling fresh and in tip top condition. When you’ve spent time on the interior, it is also important to assess the exterior. Cleaning the windows of your home can make a huge difference in how it appears on the outside, and from the inside. It can be really off-putting when the sunlight shines through and all the smears and kids handprints show up! According to a recent study in the Daily Mail, three in ten Brits hardly ever clean their windows – 27 per cent of British households admit their windows hardly ever get cleaned, while a third still use an old fashioned window cleaner.
Although it might seem like a big task that you would rather leave to the professionals, it isn’t as challenging as you may think, and the results can be brilliant. Follow these simple steps and tips to get your windows sparkling and streak-free:
Give your windows a good scrub
With window cleaning supplies from Click Cleaning, the first step is to give the glass in your windows a good wash. Use a strip applicator or tool that is specifically designed to wash windows along with a good cleaning solution. It will soak up a lot of soapy water and loosen any dirt without scratching the glass in the process.
Don’t forget the frame
Remember to scrub the window frame too. This is just as important, as the frames also collect dirt, dust and grime.
Wipe with a squeegee
Start at the top left of the window pane and pull the squeegee over the window in a reverse S pattern. Wipe the squeegee clean after each stroke with a lint-free rag. This will ensure streak free windows!
Dry off water
Remove any remaining drips of water with a damp, wrung-dry chamois. This will soak up the wetness without leaving streaks. Dry the frame and windowsill beneath with a clean cloth.
Wipe the edges
The pros will tell you that it is nearly impossible to clean a window without having to wipe the edges. A dry micro-fibre cloth works wonders for getting rid of those water marks anywhere on the glass.
Wash them on a cloudy day
Try to wash your windows on a cloudy day. Direct sunlight and the heat can dry the cleaning solution too quickly, leaving streaks on the glass.
Do it twice a year
Remember to do a thorough cleaning of your exterior windows at least twice a year if you want to keep them looking their best. Keeping them clean will allow all of that natural light in and will make your whole room feel fresher and brighter. If you feel it necessary, you can do them more often. According to the Bristol Post, a recent survey revealed that 45 per cent of housewives believe cleaning windows are vital to keeping a house looking great – even a quarter clean their windows before hosting guests!