Cleaning a window may seem simple. But it is a tedious and complex household task. And that gets worse in summer. This is probably one of the reasons that more and more individuals are using home window cleaners.
But we’ll you 4 tips to keep your windows clean this summer the way professionals do.
1. Use suitable cleaning equipment
In the same way that you do not clean the carpet with a broom, you do not wash your windows with the kitchen cloth!
If you want to enjoy impeccable windows throughout the summer, do not hesitate to invest in a squeegee. It is the major tool of a window washer. Of course, mastering window cleaning techniques is a serious plus. But in all cases, the squeegee has 2 main advantages compared to the cloth:
- It does not fluff, your windows are more transparent.
- It offers much more precise work; the stains are cleaned with more homogeneity.
If you still prefer to work without a squeegee, we recommend using a microfiber or a cotton cloth. They are more suitable and will allow you to get better results than traditional cloth.
2. Do not trust the “window cleaning” products
The success or otherwise of window cleaning is obviously partly influenced by the cleaning solution used. Contrary to what one might think, the “window-cleaning” products available on the market are not the most effective. For example, try to dilute 100ml of ammonia in 7l of hot water. It is economical, environmentally friendly and above all, it is very effective!
If there are traces left, you can quickly erase them with a cotton cloth and white vinegar.
3. Rinse your windows with bubbles!
Have you ever tried to wash your windows with sparkling water? If not, you should. Carbonated water has the advantage of not leaving traces when drying.
This is also the case for pure water. Certainly, its use is reserved for professionals, but you can get closer to the concept and get a quality result by using demineralized water (like that of your iron, for example).
To erase the last traces during drying, you can use newspaper (provided there is no colored ink). Put it in a ball (as if you wanted to start a fire) and use it like a cloth.
4. Wash your windows when the sun isn’t out
It is often when the weather is nice and warm that we decide to wash our windows (probably because it is during these times that dirt is seen most). However, it is paradoxically the worst time to do it! Washing your windows in direct sunlight and/or under powerful heat the best way to create traces.
To clean your windows this summer, choose a cool day and wait until the sun’s rays are far from your windows. The work will be less strenuous and above all, it will be much better done.
In a nutshell…
- Use specific material like the squeegee
- Create your own cleaning solution and run away from mass retail products
- Rinse with water that leaves no traces (carbonated or demineralized)
- Wait until it is cool and the sun no longer hits your windows before washing them
Of course, if your windows have not been washed for a long time, the intervention of a professional window cleaning for residential homes may be necessary. You can then put these tips into practice for the summer maintenance of your glass surfaces.