You’ll end up pushing dirt and leaving smudges if you use paper towels, window cleaning equipment and window cleaning supplies. What you need to clean your windows properly this spring…
List of Window Cleaning Products
Brush with soft bristles – Hold the brush in your hands as if you were cleaning windows. Does it fit comfortably? This should be the case, especially if your home has a large number of windows.
Squeegee of high quality – Choose one with a metal blade that can last many years and a frame made from durable metal. What size squeegee to buy depends on what type of window you have. A 12-inch tool is best for picture windows. Measure the window panes before shopping so that the squeegee fits inside.
Strip applicator cloth head -This is a tool that looks like a rubber squeegee, but it has a cloth instead. Choose the right size for your window type.
Mineral stains can be removed with either fine steel wool or a cleansing powder containing oxalic acids.
Have a nylon scrubbing pads handy if you find tree pitch or bug droppings on your windows.
Bucket – Choose a bucket that is small enough to be easily moved from one window to another and carried up a ladder.
Ladder – Select a ladder with a stable platform to place your bucket.
White vinegar or dishwashing liquid – Both will do the trick.
Lint-free cloths -To avoid streaks, use new rags. Also, be sure to dry rags without using fabric softener.
Rubber gloves – Protect hands from drying out caused by cleaning solutions.
How to wash exterior windows
Mix your cleaning solution. Pour a cleaner that is soapy, add one teaspoon of dishwashing fluid to two gallons hot water. Add less soap – the more you add, the more residue will be left. White vinegar can be used by mixing two cups of water with 1/4 cup vinegar.
Remove any loose dirt and webs with a soft-bristled window brush.
The strip applicator should be dipped in the cleaning solution and then squeezed to remove excess solution.
To remove all dirt, use the strip applicator and switch to the nylon pad if necessary.
Clean the windows with a squeegee. The method you use will depend on what works for you. Others prefer horizontally, others prefer starting from the top and pulling straight down. Others use the reverse S pattern to clean windows. You can try each method to find out which one you prefer. But, always start with a damp squeegee in order to prevent blade skipping. Also, make sure to overlap your passes, and clean the squeegee after each swipe using a lint free cloth.
Use a lint free cloth to dry frames and windows.
Place a towel under the window to prevent any water dripping from hitting your floor.
You should budget between five and ten minutes per side for your windows. You may want to outsource this task if you have a lot of windows or multiple stories. You may not want to waste your valuable time on a ladder, as it can be dangerous. Here are some more tips on how to clean windows like a professional!