Cleaning the glass surfaces in your home probably isn’t a chore you tackle frequently. But once spots, streaks, and dust start appearing on the glass, obscuring your view, it’s time to haul out the Windex and paper towels and start the wax on/wax off routine. But what if you could make this time consuming task a lot quicker, not to mention easier on the arms? You might be able to do it more often and enjoy spotless windows year-round. When you follow in the footsteps of professional window cleaners you can truncate your time spent wiping the windows and save yourself some hassle in the process. So here are just a few tips and tricks that will have you cleaning the windows throughout your home like a pro in no time.
- Skip the glass cleaner and wipes. There are several reasons you might want to use a different process for cleaning the windows throughout your home than you use on the bathroom mirror. For one thing, you’ve got a lot more surface area to cover, what with way more windows than mirrors in your home and the fact that you have to clean both sides of the glass. So you’re likely to wear out your arm and shoulder by your average wiping method. In addition, you can leave streaks and lint this way. And you might not realize that you’re imbuing your surfaces with a static charge that only serves to attract more dust and particulates.
- Use the right tools for the job. There are really only three tools you’ll need to clean your windows: a sponge, a squeegee, and a shammy (short for chamois). In fact, you can often find the first two as one tool, with a squeegee backed by a sponge.
- Wash, wipe, and dry. All you really have to do is put some dish soap in a bucket with warm water, dip the sponge, wash the window, and then remove the water with the rubber squeegee. The super-absorbent shammy can then be used to mop up drips without causing streaks or leaving lint on the window. Just remember, less is more when it comes to soap – the more you use, the more likely you’ll end up with a streaky finish.
- Address difficult spots. Even if you clean your windows thoroughly and regularly, you might still have issues with hard water stains or other particulates stuck on the glass. In this case you can simply scrub the glass with a bleach-free product like Bar Keeper’s Friend, which should help to remove any stains or scales without scratching your window.
- Clean regularly. Generally speaking, you should clean windows at least twice a year, and spring and fall are ideal, so long as you don’t live in an area that experiences heavy rain during these seasons. When you see how great your view is and how easy it is to clean like a pro, you might even tackle this task more frequently. Or if you’re still not a fan of this chore, you can always hire a reputable and reliable company like Metroplex Window and Gutter Cleaning to do it for you.