Cleaning windows tips

  1. Remove any built up dust Start by tying back or removing any curtains or blinds and use a dust pan brush or broom handle to brush around the window corners and window sill to eliminate any laying dust. 
  2. Start by washing your window with a sponge. Washing up liquid in warm soapy water will work well but remember – the fewer suds the better. Be careful when using strong window cleaning solutions that they do not damage surrounding paintwork.
  3. Wipe off the excess water with a clean squeegee, starting at the top of the window and work your way down in a reverse-S pattern for maximum efficiency. Regularly wipe the squeegee blade clean with an old rag to avoid transferring the dirt around.
  4. Remove any remaining water from the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois or microfiber cloth. Finally dry the windowsill beneath where any water may have dripped down.
  5. Wash windows on a cloudy day. Although direct sunlight makes it easier to see the dirt, it also dries the windows too quickly, leaving streaks on the glass. Make sure you pick a cloudy day for your cleaning session (but if you’re doing the outside, beware of rain!).
  6. Clean your windows at least twice a year– it will make a truly surprising difference to your whole room by making it lighter and brighter. You’ll be surprised at how dirty your windows can get!
  7. Make your own cleaning solution by adding two tablespoons of vinegar to a small bucket of warm water.
  8. For really dirty or greasy windows, use two tablespoons of household ammonia or domestic borax per gallon and rinse with the vinegar solution above. Finish with a dry, lint-free cloth.
  9. When buffing the clean, dry glass, use a pad of crumpled newspaper. The printers’ ink will give your windows an extra sparkle.


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