Do you keep your curtains closed when you don’t have to? Do you turn away in shame when the sun can’t get past the grime?
You, my friend, are suffering from window cleaning denial. We understand that window cleaning often finds its way to the bottom of many seasonal cleaning to-do lists.
To make the process easier, here are some of our field-tested tips for cleaning windows:
The Best Way to Clean Windows
The best way to clean windows begins with the right weather. Since the bright sun will dry your cleaning solution before you can adequately clean the windows and leave them streaky, it’s best to wash windows on a cloudy day.
If you want to avoid harsh chemicals, clean windows with vinegar. Mix one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. To remove heavy buildup from the window, add a few drops of dish soap. We love the cleaning ability of vinegar, but the odor can be offensive. Add ten drops of your favorite essential oil to mask the smell.
Spray your window and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. Start at the top, work your way down, and then wipe down the frame inside and out.
If you’re cleaning many windows, you may find filling a bucket with your cleaning solution to be more convenient. Use one microfiber cloth to wash the windows and a dry one to make them shine.
To give your windows sparkle, polish the glass with a clean cotton T-shirt or a clean blackboard eraser.
Remove window screens and spray them with a hose. Use a brush and your water/vinegar solution to clean them up. For light cleaning, vacuum the screens, removing dirt and dust, and then wipe the screen with a damp cloth.
Cleaning Outside Windows
Outside windows are trickier than inside windows because you’ll probably need a ladder, a tool for getting up high, or both. Here’s how:
Rinse your outside windows with a hose and fill a bucket with water and a few drops of dish soap.
Use a microfiber cloth to wash the window and a microfiber sponge mop for extra reach.
Rinse the windows with a hose.
Use a squeegee to remove the rinse water.
Cleaning outside windows is a simple process, but not an easy one. No amount of curb appeal is worth getting hurt. If you’re not comfortable getting up high to clean your outside windows, use an extended arm for your window squeegee or use a strong rinse that will help remove much of the dust and dirt.
With some vinegar, a little elbow grease, and an overcast afternoon, you can get your windows squeaky clean.