How to Clean Windows Correctly

How to Clean Windows Correctly

Between climbing, scrubbing, and streaking, it is no secret that window cleaning is one of the worst chores out there.

Why is this experience so awful? The answer is actually very simple. It’s because very few people know how to clean windows properly. 

Seriously, the answer to this problem is just knowledge. 

So if you want to finally educate yourself on the ins and outs of window cleaning, keep reading to get our tips for cleaning windows. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Windows?

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is not cleaning their windows enough.

If this is you, don’t be ashamed. You were never taught Window Washing 101 in high school. 

You should clean your windows at least twice a year. The two best seasons to do this are summer and spring. So, if you can, try to plan one of your cleanings for the spring or summer months. This will help you get the cleanest windows possible. 

If you do not have time to clean your windows every 6 months, we recommend hiring a house cleaning service. They will be more than happy to save you time and do the dirty work for you. 

How to Clean Windows Right

From choosing the right towels to applying the correct amount of pressure, there are a lot of things you need to get right to ensure your windows are truly clean. 

We know it can seem overwhelming but knowing the dos will help you avoid the don’ts. 

Use a Squeegee

If you do not have one of these, get one. It will become your best friend. 

All you need to do is use a dry corner of the squeegee to go in either horizontal or vertical lines. Then take a towel and make sure it is dry after every pass. 

This method will ensure that you get all of the cleaning solutions off of the window. Removing the solution will decrease your chances of having streaky windows (the worst). 

Squeegees are inexpensive, can be purchased literally anywhere, and are well worth the trip to the store. Try it out and you will see what we mean.

Know When to Use a Microfiber Towel 

Many people make the mistake of using a towel to spread their cleaning solution across their windows and dry it off. This is one of the easiest ways to cause streaking on your cleaned glass. 

You do not really need a towel until after you squeegee the cleaner away.  The towel should be used to make sure the glass is truly dry. It also will buff out any spots that may have already formed. 

Create Your Own Cleaner 

Believe it or not, you do not need to buy an expensive glass cleaner. Housecleaning experts swear that a combination of dish soap and warm water is all you will ever need. 

Just mix it all in a bucket and you have the best cleaning solution out there. 

This will save you time scouring the cleaning aisle for the best window cleaning product at your local store and some hard-earned cash. 

Things You’re Doing Wrong 

We know how frustrating it is when all of your hard work is rewarded with those dreaded streaks. The disappointment is enough to make you consider never washing your windows again. 

We’ve all been there. 

But, lucky for you, we know exactly how you can avoid this and get windows so clear, you forget they are even there. 

Using a Lot of Glass Cleaner 

The easiest way to avoid streaks is to make sure your windows are dry when you are finished cleaning them. The more cleaner you use the harder this is to achieve.

There comes a point when the cleaner is just making things dirtier. 

The best method to use when spraying glass cleaner on your window is to just use a couple of squirts. This will give you the perfect amount of liquid to clean your glass without leaving it wet afterward. 

Essentially, when it comes to window cleaning, less is more. 

Forgetting a Microfiber Towel

As mentioned earlier, a lot of glass cleaning is in the towel. Regular cleaning rags will leave lint on your window. This will make it appear dirty and cause streaks as well. 

Swap your terrycloth for a microfiber towel and all of your problems will disappear. These towels are made for cleaning glass-like surfaces and are dense enough to dry, scrub, and buff all in one go.

Forgetting Pressure When Buffing

Most people don’t even buff their windows at all and those who do often don’t use enough force. 

If you don’t buff at all; buff your windows (correctly of course). 

If you do buff your windows, apply some force when making those circular movements across your glass.

Adding a bit of force will allow the microfiber cloth to pick up any leftover residue. It will also cause any streaks that may have set in to fade away. 

Buffing will keep your windows looking brand new, but only if done right.

Clean Your Windows 

Now that you know how to clean windows correctly, and how to avoid streaking them up, all there is left to do is clean!

Create your cleaning solution, get your squeegee, grab a microfiber towel, and go. 

If you live in Covington, Georgia, and don’t have time to do the cleaning yourself, we recommend hiring cleaning professionals at TMC Services. Our cleaners know exactly how to clean the windows in your home. And we are more than happy to do so!

Call us or visit our website to get a free estimate and learn more about the services we provide. 

TMC Cleaning Services provides exceptional house cleaning and maid services for the following North Georgia areas: Conyers, Covington, Grayson, Jersey, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Monroe, Oxford, Porterdale, Social Circle, Walnut Grove and nearby areas.

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