Windows can make a room look bigger and brighter. You don’t want to interrupt that beautiful view with a smudge or fingerprint. While professional cleaners are the best choice for restoring the sparkle of your windows, it’s not practical to hire them for weekly upkeep.
In between detailed cleanings, there are home remedies you can do to remove unwanted stains and streaks from your windows. Here are the five best hacks for window cleaning:
Replace the newspaper with coffee filters or microfiber cloth
You’ve probably seen your parents clean the window by wiping it with a sheet of old newspaper. While recycling is environment-friendly, one common problem with this method is that all the ink bleeds into your hands.
Instead of staining your fingers with newspaper print, pick up a clean sheet of coffee filter and wipe it across your dirty window. Coffee filters made of paper help remove grime without leaving streaks on the window glass and dark marks all over your hands.
Another alternative to newspapers and paper filters is a microfiber cloth. It is an effective material for absorbing water without smearing dirt around. Microfiber cloths trap dust and dirt without leaving lint or residue behind.
Mix your own cleaning solution
When talking about window cleaning, the first thing that comes to mind is Pine-Sol® or Windex®. These are two of the most popular cleaning solutions in American homes. If you want to go natural and organic, you can prepare your own cleanser by mixing ingredients that are already in your kitchen.
DIY window cleaning solutions always involve three household items: water, vinegar and liquid dish detergent.
The most basic window cleaning solution contains two parts water, one part liquid soap and one part vinegar. Mix them in a spray bottle and shake. Spray your windows with the solution, wipe it away, and then rinse thoroughly with water.
To eliminate mold on window sills, prepare a mixture of vinegar and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Apply on your windowsill, let sit for about 30 minutes, and then wipe away.
To remove grime from window tracks, combine vinegar and baking soda.
If the exterior of your window is accessible with no ladder required, give it a quick scrub by adding 1/2 cup of Woolite® to a gallon of warm water and apply with a soft car wash brush.
To remove hard water stains from your windows, create a solution of vinegar, liquid dishwashing soap, and lemon juice. Fill the spray bottle half full of vinegar and the remaining half with one part soap and one part lemon juice.
Remove pesky streaks with a blackboard eraser.
If coffee filters, paper towels or microfiber cloths are ineffective, and you still see streaks, try a blackboard eraser or soft cotton shirt. Blackboard erasers and static-free fabric can remove lingering marks without leaving behind an additional residue of dust or lint.
The squeegee is your friend.
If you still cannot remove unsightly streaks, then it’s time to learn proper squeegee techniques.
- Always wipe the blade clean with a dry towel before and after swiping.
- Change the blade when it gets dull.
Detailed cleaning with Q-tips, toothpaste and rubbing alcohol
After cleaning the glass pane, check every detail of your window structure.
- Q-tips are great for removing water-marks on window edges.
- Buff out deep window scratches with non-gel toothpaste.
- Remove adhesive gunk left behind by stickers and decals with rubbing alcohol.
- An easy and effective way to clean your blinds is to wrap rags around a pair of kitchen tongs, secure them with rubber bands, and drag the tongs across to pick up dust.
Trust ASP Windows for Professional Window Maintenance
These hacks won’t replace a professional window cleaning service. At least twice a year, be sure to call ASP Windows to give your home windows a detailed cleansing