Cleaning your windows, mirrors, and glass surfaces is essential to keeping your home clean. Having clean windows is not just a matter of aesthetics; it also helps to keep UV rays out of your house. You should clean your windows regularly to ensure they stay pristine throughout their lifespan!
Don’t use newspapers.
Glass surfaces, including windows and mirrors, may be quickly dried using newspapers. They’re also a great way to clean them. But do not use newspaper to clean your windows and mirrors if you want them to be streak-free.
You can use the newspaper for other things, though! For example: if you have an allergy-prone friend coming over and you don’t want them sneezing all over the place, lay out some clean newspapers on the floor so they’ll know where they can sit without getting pollen or whatever else on their clothes. (By the way, this is how I got my favourite pair of pants.)
Use a squeegee and microfiber cloths instead.
You may think you need a window cleaning tool to get those spot-free windows, but that’s not the case. You can use a squeegee and microfiber cloth instead.
Squeegees are great for removing excess water from your glass before it dries. However, unlike paper towels, the synthetic fibres in microfiber cloths collect dirt. These two tools work together with each other very well to give you better results than what you would have gotten using just one alone!
Clean the glass after drying it.
After washing glass, always use a clean microfiber cloth to dry the surface of your windows and mirrors. The first pass should be with a damp microfiber cloth or newspaper, then a second pass with another dry microfiber cloth. After drying, use another paper towel to remove any remaining water droplets on the window or mirror that your first two cleanings might have left behind.
Even after following all these steps, you may still find yourself staring at some spots that won’t go away! Spotless Windshield & Glass Cleaner is one of our spot removers you may use if you’re having problems getting rid of them.
Dry your window from top to bottom.
To prevent streaking, dry your window from top to bottom. It’s that simple. The reason why is this: Water dries down, not up. So as you’re wiping, if you’re working from top to bottom and accidentally leave water on the window at the top of the glass (especially in cold weather), it’ll just set there and cause those dreaded streaks when it eventually dries.
Know the weather before you get started.
Before you get started, it’s essential to know the weather conditions. You want to ensure that your windows are safe during the cleaning process. If it’s going to rain or snow, you might want to wait until the rain stops before beginning (unless you’re using a squeegee). If it is sunny, you’ll need extra protection for your hands and face if they are exposed while cleaning windows. Put on a hat and sunscreen if you’re doing this outside on a hot day!
Clean your windows on an overcast day whenever possible.
Whenever possible, clean your windows on an overcast day. In the summertime, this is especially important because it allows you to stay cool while cleaning and protect yourself from UV rays.
In winter, overcast days are ideal as they keep the temperature lower than sunny or rainy days. When snowing outside, it’s best to clean your windows when it stops snowing so that any residual moisture will not freeze onto your window frames and make it harder for you to clean later in the winter months!
Start with an empty bucket of water.
Start with an empty bucket of water. It is a necessary step in your window cleaning process because it helps you avoid unnecessary backtracking and ensures you won’t waste time drying off already dry windows!
First, dip a clean, soft cloth into the water and use it to wipe down one section of the window at a time. Then, take a squeegee (see below for more information on this tool) and remove excess moisture from each section until all liquid has been removed. Finally, use a microfiber cloth or towel to dry off each area before moving on to the next one. To ensure proper coverage throughout your cleaning process, repeat these steps until you’ve completed every part of your home’s windows!
Use a solution of vinegar and water or dish soap and water to make your cleaning solution.
When it comes to cleaning windows, a good solution is essential. The answer you choose will depend on the type of glass and its condition. For example, for a streak-free shine on mirrors and glass shelves, use a mixture of one part vinegar with three parts water. If the surfaces are particularly dirty or grimy, mix in ¼ cup of baking soda per gallon of solution. Use dish soap instead of vinegar to clean windows that have recently had window film or similar protective coating applied since it is less likely to destroy these coatings and will help break up dirt and grime.
As far as cleaners go, you should avoid ammonia because it can cause condensation problems if applied when temperatures drop below freezing weather conditions – which leads us to our next topic.
Add a small amount of cornstarch to eliminate streaking on glass surfaces.
Another great, natural product to add to your glass cleaning arsenal is cornstarch. Cornstarch can be used on mirrors and windows as a gentle chemical alternative. The cornstarch will act as a barrier between dirt and the glass surface, which helps prevent streaks from forming when you wipe them away.
To use it: start by adding a small amount of warm water into a spray bottle (or even dip a rag), then sprinkle in some cornstarch until it smells like fresh laundry hanging in the sun for about half an hour or so. Wipe down any surfaces with this mixture, then rinse with plenty of fresh water!
Use the following products.
You can find the following products on this website.
- Window Cleaners: These are the most crucial tool in any window cleaner’s toolkit. They come in liquid, spray, and gel forms and should be used according to manufacturer instructions.
- Chemical Cleaners: These are used to clean windows before you begin your regular window cleaning routine. You can also use them on mirrors if they need to be cleaned more thoroughly than usual (e.g., if there are watermarks or streaks).
- Scrapers/Squeegees: These tools remove dirt from glass surfaces like windows and windshields. They have a blade attached at one end of the handle that’s used for scraping off the ground from surfaces into a bucket filled with soapy water below, where you can wash it away quickly without having to rinse off each piece of glass separately!
- Extension Poles: Extension poles make reaching high places easier when washing windows outside because they allow you to go higher up without climbing onto something uncomfortable like scaffolding ladders or anything else falling apart around us.
A good cleaner is one of the essential things in your arsenal. A few years ago, my friend and I were trying to clean windows at his house with just water and dish soap. It didn’t work out well because we didn’t know what we were doing.
I’m going to start by saying that you should never use Windex on glass (unless it is made explicitly for window cleaning). Windex is not a glass cleaner but a brand name for special window cleaners that contain ammonia or alcohol as their active ingredient. Ammonia leaves streaks when it dries while the alcohol evaporates quickly, leaving behind smears and smudges that require additional cleaning steps.
If you want to clean your windows properly without spending money on expensive products, there are three simple ingredients that every kitchen has: vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide!
Scrapers remove tough grime, dirt and stains from windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces. They come in different forms, sizes and materials – plastic scrapers are the cheapest option but have less durable blades. Aluminium scrapers are slightly more expensive but have sharper edges that last longer. Stainless steel scrapers are the most costly option but have the most tapered blades that last the longest.
Scraping is an excellent way to remove stubborn dirt from your window panes without using chemicals or detergents. You can use your dry or wet scraper (wet works quicker).
Window washers, also known as squeegees, remove water from windows. Window squeegees are different from other types of squeegees in that they don’t have a blade on the end and are flexible.
There are different types of window washers/squeegees available on the market today:
- The traditional window washing tool is made of aluminium or steel with a rubber blade at its end. This type can be used for both vertical and horizontal surfaces but isn’t ideal for curved glass because it doesn’t conform well to these surfaces;
- You’ll want to use an adjustable squeegee with multiple blades instead of one solid piece for curved surfaces like vehicle windshields. This style allows you more versatility when cleaning your car’s windshield because it will enable you to adjust how much water you remove from it depending on how dirty it is at any given time (ease up if necessary).
Extension poles are a must-have tool for window cleaning. The long handle allows you to clean windows and mirrors from the safety of the ground, which makes it easier to avoid injury while also making these chores safer for anyone who might be around when you do them. You can also use extensions on other cleaning tools, such as mops, brushes and dusters.
When choosing an extension pole for your home’s window cleaning needs, look for one made from sturdy materials like aluminium or fibreglass so that it doesn’t bend under pressure. Also, consider what type of tip will work best with your chosen tool—a squeegee may need a round end, while a brush might require more surface area than what flat tips provide.
Add some elbow grease when cleaning hard water spots off your windows.
When you’re cleaning hard water spots off your windows, it’s crucial to add in some elbow grease. Use a microfiber cloth exclusively for this purpose.
You’ll also want to use a squeegee during this process. Many people think using elbow grease alone is enough to get rid of the hard water spots on the outside of their windows, but really—you need a microfiber cloth and a squeegee too!
When you’re done cleaning off those hard water spots with all this equipment, be sure not to forget about drying them off with another good-quality microfiber cloth!
Don’t forget that hard water can also cause buildup on your sprinkler heads.
- Avoid using hard water on your sprinklers. You may be tempted to use the same water from the hose to clean your windows and mirrors, but don’t do it! Hard water can build up on sprinkler heads and glass surfaces, making them less effective at watering your lawn or garden. To brush off this buildup, spread some baking soda over the sprinklers and let it sit for several hours; scrub off with a toothbrush after rinsing with vinegar or lemon juice diluted in warm water.
- Don’t forget about your dishwasher! If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, check out our article “How To Clean Your Dishwasher” for tips on how to keep it looking like new—but if all else fails, there’s always this old trick. Fill up a bathtub with white vinegar (about half full), throw in two cups of salt, and then turn on the dishwasher cycle using hot water only (no soap). It will soften any built-up residue inside, which you can then wipe away afterwards with a wet rag; rinse as usual when done!
Get rid of fingerprints by rubbing off a dryer sheet across the affected surface.
Many people think they can get a fingerprint off windows by using something damp to rub it off, but this is the opposite of what you should do. A dryer sheet will work just as well and won’t leave any streaks or residue behind.
To use a dryer sheet:
- Take one side of your dryer sheet and run it along the window where there are fingerprints until they’re gone. Don’t worry about getting all sides. Focus on one side at a time, so you don’t smudge them around!
- If you want to make sure everything is clean and streak-free, take another piece from the other side of your dryer sheet and wipe away any excess liquid or dirt left behind from step 1 (this step isn’t necessary if there isn’t anything else on your window).
Keep this list handy when your spot-free windows look worse for wear.
You can do some things to help keep your windows clean and spot-free, even if the weather is not cooperating.
- Use warm water: When you use cold water, it cannot be easy to get rid of spots on glass surfaces because they aren’t mixing with any soap very well. Warm water will ensure that the soap suds up just right and makes cleaning more accessible (which means less time in front of a dirty window).
- Wash what needs washing: If there is something like fingerprints or smudges on the window, then go ahead and wash those off with a bit of soapy water before rinsing everything down with clear tap water again. But if there’s nothing on the surface but plain dirt or dust without any stains or marks—many people would say it doesn’t need to be cleaned! Let nature run its course and let Mother Nature take care of her own business instead of using chemicals from bottles made by companies trying to sell their products through advertising campaigns—and remember: It’s okay for Earth too!!
This blog was intended to help you better understand the basics of window cleaning. It’s crucial for anyone who wants their home to look great and feel comfortable, but it can be tricky without proper knowledge. With any luck, this rundown has given you some inspiration for cleaning your windows and mirrors.