Spring is in the air! You’ve cleaned your entire house, top to bottom, from the ceiling fans to the baseboards, but it still just doesn’t seem to sparkle. When jotting down your spring-cleaning checklist, don’t forget to add spring cleaning for your windows - on the inside and out! Let’s take a look at how to properly clean these wonderful house enhancers.
Benefits of Clean Windows
Window cleaning may not be the most exciting task, but the results speak for themselves! Clear, bright windows can help welcome spring and summer sunshine into your home. Here are two of the main reasons to clean your windows:
1. Avoid Glass Degradation
Windows are not a cheap investment for your home. Why not make sure you do what you can to extend their life? Hard mineral deposits (and even some window cleaners!) and acid rain can negatively affect your windows. This will shorten the lifespan of your windows. Nobody wants that.
2. A Clear View
An obvious benefit to clean windows is the view! Getting rid of window stains, and any excess buildup of dust and dirt will improve the clarity of your windows, and bring more sunshine into your home. Checking this off your spring-cleaning checklist is a great way to enjoy the beautiful, natural light!
Steps to Cleaning Your Windows
The good news is that cleaning your windows is as easy as 1,2,3. Here’s all you need to do:
Wash your windows with a strip applicator (a squeegee with a cloth head) and a bucket of water with a small amount of dish soap - you don’t want it too sudsy! If you’re worried about using too much soap, you can also use a 10:1 mixture of warm water and distilled vinegar, but we think soap works best. Whatever you do, don't use a product that contains ammonia, like Windex, as it can create holes, cracks (known as crazing) and discolouration in your PVC frame, greatly reducing the life of your window. Avoid using a rag or newspapers to clean your windows as this method creates a static charge on your window which attracts MORE dust and dirt. Nobody wants that, either.
Using a squeegee and starting at the top of your window, wipe away the soapy water. At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee off on a clean rag. Use an S stroke (imagine drawing a large ‘S’ from side to side of your window) all the way down to avoid creating streaks. It’s best to change your squeegee each year as the rubber becomes rounded or nicked, and that makes the squeegee less effective.
Use a damp chamois to remove any excess water at the edges of your windows. This will help prevent water stains and spots. Don’t forget to clean the glass in your doors, too!
Prolong the life of your chamois by storing it properly. After use, wash the chamois in soapy water, rinse, and wring out the rag. Hang the damp chamois away from direct sunlight until completely dry. If stiff, try rubbing it against itself or across the edge of a clean dry surface to restore its natural softness!
These tips will work on any windows, regardless of age. The newer your windows, the better the results will be. If your windows aren’t getting you the results you’re looking for, it may be time to have your windows replaced, contact us today for a free quote!