If your home's windows look rather grimy you will most likely want to take steps to have them properly cleaned. Most people will opt to have a residential window cleaning service come to their home to have professional results. If you are strapped for cash however, you may be able to get similar results by using tricks to clean glass so it shines. Here are some tips to use when cleaning windows on your own.
When To Clean
The best time to clean windows is in the springtime and again in the late fall. In the spring, you can remove any leftover remnants on the panes from standing snow and ice. You will not be too hot standing outdoors cleaning the exteriors and you will enjoy crystal clear panes for the summertime when more people are glancing at your home because they outside enjoying the weather. Clean them again before winter arrives so you are not stuck with dirty windows for several months because of inclement weather.
What To Prepare
Before you do your cleaning, make sure all obstructions are out of your way so you are not fumbling around trying to get to the window pane. Outside, remove any house decor, plants, or flags from around the windows so you have a clear view. Inside, remove any furniture or knickknacks from around the windows. Take down any curtains, draperies or blinds and set them aside until after your windows are completely dry. Set up a ladder and make sure you have someone available to spot you if you are climbing up to the second story of your home.
How To Clean
Many people find that using a squeegee, a piece of microfiber cloth, a piece of newspaper, and a vinegar solution will clean panes wonderfully. Mix up a batch of homemade window cleaner in a spray bottle. Use equal parts distilled white vinegar and water. Swish the solution around to disperse the vinegar in the water evenly. Spray a window and use a piece of microfiber cloth to remove any grime from the edges. Use a squeegee on the window, drying the blade with the cloth after every stroke or two.
Afterwards, use a piece of newspaper to rub down the glass. This will remove streaking and will buff the window pane so it has a pristine surface. When using newspaper, fold a piece so it is flat and wipe the pane as you would with a paper towel. Consider wiping vertically on the exterior and horizontally on the interior of your windows. This way, you will know which side of the window to give a second cleaning if streaking is present after the glass dries.
For more information about window cleaning, contact a company like Clear View, Inc.