Window Cleaning

Tips for washing windows

Even if you keep your home immaculately clean, chances are good that the windows are often dirty, dusty or water-stained. Aside from hiring a full-time housekeeper, there are some relatively easy window cleaning tips that can help keep your widows sparkling.

Homemade Window Cleaning Products

Many people like the idea of making their own window cleaning products, which can be gentler than commercial window cleaning solutions and less expensive as well. An excellent and easy-to-make window cleaner consists of 2 cups of water, ¼ cup of vinegar and ½ teaspoon liquid detergent. Combine these in a spray bottle, spray on your windows, and wipe with a clean, soft rag or paper towels.

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Some other good homemade window cleaning solution recipes include:

  • 1 quart of water and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of ammonia, ½ cup of rubbing alcohol and ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid
  • 1 cup of water, 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. This mixture also works well on tile, chrome and other solid surfaces

Chemical-Based Window Cleaners

Commercial window cleaning products are specially formulated for peak effectiveness, especially those which contain ammonia. There are many window cleaning products in the window cleaning supply section of your local hardware store or home improvement store to choose from. Whichever product you choose to use, there are steps you can take to clean your windows for the best results:

  • Be sure that the sun is not shining on your windows when you clean them, because the sunlight will dry the cleaner too quickly, resulting in streaks.
  • Start at the top of the window and work your way down.
  • Use a good-quality cleaning tools like a squeegee, and wipe the squeegee dry after each swipe.
  • Buff any remaining streaks with towels.
  • If a streak is especially stubborn, it indicates that grease or dirt remains. Repeat your cleaner/squeegee process.
  • When washing exterior windows, use a garden hose to perform an initial rinse. Just keep the pressure low to avoid forcing any water into the house, or damaging your windows to the point that you need window repair services.

If your home has many windows, overly large windows or windows that are very dirty, you may want to contact a window cleaning business. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations; if you can find a reliable window cleaner who works on their own, you will likely pay less than if you hire a commercial window cleaning company to clean your windows. Just be sure to check references before you allow them into your home.