Who doesn’t love a bit of natural light in their house? People love the way it makes rooms feel bigger, improves mood and creates a special ambience in your home…
Of course, this effect is reduced if your windows are grimy and dirty!
Cleaning windows can be tedious. It can eat up your time and energy. But it can’t be ignored.
Looking for some simple window cleaning tips you can use to make life easier? The Masters are sharing – so read on!
1) Remove your blinds and curtains
Before starting cleaning your windows, remove your curtains and blinds, if possible.
Sure, you can clean around them.
In our experience however, that makes the job of cleaning the glass a little bit harder. Not to mention, this gives you the opportunity to clean them, too!
When you clean your blinds, you’re removing messes like:
- Dust & dirt: these don’t exactly make your curtains look appealing
- Insects: do you use roller blinds? You’d be surprised how many insects can make their way into them
- Stains: curtains are fabric and as such, may have attracted some ugly stains
As with any fabric material, be sure to keep an eye on the cleaning instructions indicated on the tag.
Not all curtain materials can be treated the same. For example, some delicate fabrics can only be hand washed with cold water.
2) Vacuum it out
Once you’ve removed your curtains (assuming you can), the next step is to pre-clean. Start by removing dust and dirt from the interior side of your window using a vacuum cleaner.
You’ll specifically want to concentrate on removing loose dirt and debris like cobwebs or dust from the corners and the edges of the window frames.
3) Choose a product that doesn’t streak
Glass and window cleaning is one of those cleaning jobs that’s deceptively hard.
Most people just take a non-abrasive sponge or a microfiber cloth, dunk it in a tub of soapy water and go to town.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple!
While these DIY techniques will remove dirt, they’ll often leave you with streaking water stains.
So while your windows will look fine when they’re still wet, as the dry they’ll end up filled with ugly streaks.
One way to clean glass without streaking is to look at the label of the product you’re using – most glass products are eager to tell you that they do not leave streaks.
It’s also a good idea to avoid cleaning products that are especially sudsy. Soap suds tend to leave marks behind, and may require multiple passes to achieve a clean window.
Alternatively, you could always try our good old friend, vinegar.
Wipe windows using a mix of vinegar and tap water, changing the portion of vinegar depending on how powerful a clean you want.
Not only does vinegar remove the risk of streaks, but it also doubles as a non-toxic disinfectant!
4) Choose the right time of the day to clean
Of course, you should get your windows cleaned whenever you feel they are dirty, but for many homeowners, they tend to stick to once-a-year cleans.
In such a cause, warmer weather is the ideal time to get your windows cleaned.
Warm sunny weather means faster drying times – not to mention, extra sunlight makes it easier to identify hard-to-see messes like:
- Water stains
- Rain marks
- Light coatings of dust
5) Choose a professional for window cleaning!
One huge mistake many homeowners make is drastically underestimating the work that goes into window cleaning.
Constant repetitive arm motions behind a lot of elbow grease, having to stretch to reach corners, and working on the outside of a second storey…
If the thought of cleaning your windows gets you yawning, then it might be a good idea to let a professional cleaner do the job for you.
For starters, professional window cleaners have the right tools for the job. That means products that cut through dirt and grime and don’t leave streaks.
More importantly, if you own a double-story house, a professional cleaner is a must.
Cleaning second storey external windows can be dangerous if you don’t take the proper safety precautions.
Don’t take that risk! Instead, leave the job with a professional cleaner. Not only can they make your second storey windows spotless, but they’ll do it safely too.
Looking for a window cleaner in Melbourne and Sydney?
Contact Master Cleaners today!
Dirt, dust, water stains… while they may appear clean from a distance, in reality, your windows could be hosting some significant messes.
Master Cleaners offers window cleaning for homes (and commercial properties) all over Melbourne and Sydney.
Using products that are tough on dirt, combined with experienced techniques, we make your windows clear, shiny and spotless.