Glass Window And Door Cleaning Like A Pro

With many of us are currently experiencing extra time on our hands, now can be the perfect time to tackle cleaning projects that often get pushed to the bottom of the list.

While many experts recommend window cleaning at least twice a year, it’s safe to say that most of us leave this tedious chore undone for as long as possible. Below you’ll find a few useful tips and ideas to make your task easier, so pull back the curtains, raise the blinds, and tackle window cleaning like a pro.

Choosing Your Cleaning Solution

With most laborious projects around the home there seem to be many reasons to avoid doing them. There are many window sprays and solutions that can be purchased at any home goods or hardware store that will do a great job for glass windows and door cleaning. However, you can easily make your own solution at home consisting simply of water and vinegar.


DIY Window Washing Solution Recipe

  1. Mix one-part hot water to one-part distilled vinegar.
  2. Sponge cleaning: Moisten the window, using the solution, then clean.
  3. Squeegee cleaning: Always dampen the squeegee first and clean from the top-down, wiping the edge of the squeegee after every stroke.
  4. Clean only when there is no direct sun on the windows.
  5. Rinse and dry the window frames immediately to avoid any damage


Glass Window And Door Cleaning: 101

Once you have chosen your cleaning solution, make sure it isn’t too warm outside because your cleaner can dry faster than you can wipe it off the surface.  Once you determine a temperature that suits the job ahead, wet your window by applying your solution generously. If there seems to be a build-up or surface film, allow the mist to sit for a few minutes so that grease can dissolve and dirt particles can be easily wiped away.  Then, using a sponge, vigorously scrub the window from corner to corner to remove dirt and grime. Don’t forget to clean those sliding door tracks. They capture all sorts of muck that can traffic in and out of the house.


Seeing Clearly: Basic Drying Equipment

Again, there are so many options to consider when deciding on what to use to wipe down your windows.  Squeegees, reusable microfiber cloths or paper towels are all suitable drying equipment. A squeegee is a wonderful tool that can help decrease streaking, however it can still leave surface moisture unattended.  We recommend going the extra mile after squeegeeing by wiping the entire area with a drying rag to lift water spots and smudges with care. Do not use a razor blade to scrape off stains – this can permanently scratch and damage your window. By following these tried and true tips for glass window and door cleaning, you will be on your way to seeing crystal clear, streak-free results.










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