Cleaning your windows is one of those painful cleaning tasks that most of us put off for as long as possible.
Even when you do attempt to clean your windows, it can be easy to leave them streaky and looking as dirty as before.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to perfect your window cleaning.
And the best bit is it doesn’t need to be hard work!
Here are five easy tips for cleaning your windows.
1. Make sure the weather is right
Before you start cleaning your windows, take a look at the weather. Apparently, clear sunny days aren’t the best days to clean your windows. It turns out direct sunlight can actually dry your windows too fast, leaving streaks from your cleaning products.
2. Wipe down window sills BEFORE you clean the glass
Ever started cleaning your windows and ended up smearing dirt all over your windows? Well, that’s why it’s important to clean the window sills and frames before the window glass. Try sweeping any dust and dirt away with a dustpan or broom and then give the window sills and frames a quick wipe over.
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3. Use a sponge with warm soapy water first
Before you reach for the Windex or any other window/glass cleaning sprays, try giving your windows a good wash with a sponge and warm soapy water. The key is to use just a little bit of soap, otherwise you’ll end up streaking your windows! Wet your sponge with the water, wring it out and give your windows a good scrub. This is perfect if you have particularly stubborn stains on the outside of your windows.
4. Get the squeegee right
Giving your windows a streak-free clean can all come down to the way you squeegee them. Sloppy squeegeeing can leave streaks on your windows. So, what’s the best way to squeegee your windows? Start in the top corner, moving across and down the windows in a reverse-S pattern (left to right, right to left, left to right). As you move down the window, stop and wipe the squeegee blade — that way you won’t spread dirt around the window. If you want to get the best results, spray on a little bit of window cleaner and squeegee the windows a second time.
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5. Buff your windows with newspaper
No doubt you’ve heard of the old newspaper trick for windows. Well, the experts say you’ll get a streaky-free and shiny window by buffing with a wad of newspaper. Apparently, the paper and ink will help your windows sparkle. All you need to do is fold the newspaper in half to make a solid wad and wipe down your window in a consistent vertical or horizontal direction.