Cleaning your windows at home is a dreaded chore by many. Depending on the size of your home you can be cleaning the inside and outside of 15+ windows, on multiple floors. This will take time and planning to ensure the job is done right, and considering you only really need to clean your windows once or twice a year, you might as well do it right.
Start by planning out the job, make a list of all the supplies required. This includes the glass cleaner, microfiber clothes, a small brush, a window scraper for stuck on dirt and perhaps a ladder. Depending on the type of windows you have, you may be able to clean both the inside and outside of your windows from the comfort and safety of your home’s interior. However, if you have stationary picture windows or casement windows, you will probably need to get out the ladder to reach all of your windows. It can take several hours to clean all of your windows, by planning on cleaning certain sections of your home on different days you can break up the work. Make sure to choose days that are cool and a bit overcast to clean your windows, if you try to clean your windows on a hot, sunny day the cleaner will dry before you have the chance to wipe it off. Leaving hard to clean streaks and spots on your windows. If you can’t wait for a cool, cloudy day, work on the shaded side of your house first.
Start cleaning each window by sweeping away any loose dirt and debris from the window and frames, using your brush. This will help prevent the dirt from turning into mud when you apply the cleaner to the glass. This is also a good time to inspect the condition of each window, if your window frames are distorted or if there is damage to any part of the window, you should look into window replacement options, before the damage leads to further issues.
Use a cleaner that is specifically formulated for cleaning glass, you will be able to find a wide assortment of options at your local grocery store or discount store. Make sure you have plenty of cleaners available, as you will want to use it generously on your window’s glass surface to ensure all built on dirt is dissolved for easier cleaning. You can make your own glass cleaner using vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol if you prefer. A quick search online will give you the right proportions needed to make your own glass cleaner.
A reusable microfiber cloth is best for wiping down your windows, they are extremely absorbent, washable, and will leave your windows looking crystal clear. Newspaper has been a favorite for some people when cleaning their windows, you can use newspaper but it will not give you that streak free shine that a microfiber cloth provides. If you prefer to use paper towel, make sure you use a high-quality paper towel so it will absorb and stand up to the excessive usage. No matter which option you choose, make sure you have plenty of it. You will probably require several microfiber clothes to clean your entire house, as once dirt begins to build up on the cloth streaks will begin to form.
While cleaning your windows, you might as well remove all of your screens and give them a good wash. This will help remove and dust, dirt, or debris built up on them, ensuring they are as clean as the rest of your windows. Inspecting each window during cleaning is how you can tell if you need new windows before any major problems arise. Planning out the process will help ensure you have enough of the right supplies and the time needed to complete your cleaning.