Generally cleaning windows isn’t a job most people like doing and lets face it we don’t. There are a few reasons for not wanting to perform this job which can include having the correct tools eg: sponge, bucket, squeegee etc and even when you have the right tools unless the job is done well you sometimes get annoying streaks.
Of course there are many techniques and tricks and the best way to go about things which the average person just doesn’t know about, after all they aren’t a professional. Sometimes people pay a professional eg: Cambridge Soft Wash which provide reach and wash window cleaning in Cambridge to clean their windows which mean its done quickly and effectively with less fuss or hassle. But if you do decide to clean your own windows then its worth following the steps below.
1. Pre-cleaning your windows outside
As they say preparation is the key to everything and when it comes to cleaning windows they are no exception. Outside windows are very prone to stubborn stains caused by dirt, dust, algae and sometimes bird poop. There are quite a few methods for removing these stubborn stains that you can try:
- On a basic level you can mix up good quality washing up liquid and warm water..
- You can also use pure vinegar and allow the affected areas to soak for around five minutes.
- Use a mineral based deposit cleaning solution and apply with a dampened sponge, rub affected area then rinse off with water.
Most people will have washing up liquid and access to warm water which is a great start and if you want to go out or already have some vinegar or a mineral based deposit cleaning solution then those should so an even better job.
Just allow things a few minutes to soak in and get moving, there’s no problem in soaking your windows and walking away for a few minutes.
2. Removing objects such as stickers and any decals inside
Whether its stickers to stop birds flying into your windows, neighborhood watch or your kids stickers then its probably best to remove them which will make cleaning a lot easier. There are several ways to remove stickers and decals:
- Spray on just warm water or a mix of water and washing up liquid and allow it to soak.
- Use WD40 which is great at removing stickers and decals but allow it to soak for a few minutes as well.
When it comes to removing stickers after the above its best to use a scraper at a 45 degree angle. Be careful and make sure you use a sharp scraper as blunt scrapers are no good. Make sure you use plenty of lubricant when using any scraper as you don’t want to scratch your glass.
If you don’t have a scraper you can use a sponge to slowly disintegrate the sticker or your nails, although it will take much longer.
3. Remove any screens or fly protectors from the inside and outside
If you have have any screens such as a fly protector then take those down and give them a good vacuum and/or wash. This is a good idea because you don’t want dirt etc falling onto your shiny new windows and lets be honest it makes the job look a lot nicer!
You can clean screens with warm soapy water and you might need to give them a good blast in the shower or outside using your hose depending how cold it is!
4. Rinse any dirt and grime from the outside windows
Now that you have let all the stains soak and have agitated them to remove any really stubborn stains its worth giving the entire window a rinse but start at the top and work your way down.
This is a good idea because it remove any dirt or grime lurking and lets you see where you are at and whether those pesky stubborn stains are still there and need more work!
5. Vacuum around inside windows
This is the same as step 4 but this time you’re using a vacuum cleaner. Unfortunately when you start cleaning windows you will be causing vibrations on the glass and frame which can lead to dirt and things like cobwebs from falling onto the glass so ideally you want to vacuum around the frame to avoid this.
After you have finished vacuuming its worth putting down a large towel or sheet in case any liquid happens to spill.
6. Cleaning inside and out of your windows
In any job you need to ensure you have all the tools and supplies ready beforehand. Some of the basics include:
- Sponge or brush often called a squeegee
- Rubber squeegee
- Cloth which is lint free, something like a microfibre cloth is fine.
- Spare cloth or rag to clean up any excess
- Spray bottle or bucket filled up with your cleaning solution, could be warm water and washing up liquid
- Large towel or sheet to cover any carpets and/or hard floors to prevent slipping.
7. Finally the cleaning part
The last part in this tutorial, I know its a long one right? If you have small windows then we advise using a sponge or appropriately sized squeegee. You’ll want to dip it into your cleaning solution bucket or spray directly onto your window and work the solution onto the glass.
Don’t put too much solution onto the glass, make sure you reach into the corners and clean from the top down. There are a few more tips as well:
- If you’re cleaning outside high up you can use a ladder but make sure someone is support it or use your squeegee on an extension pole which is a lot safer.
- Once you have finished cleaning one window, you may need to add some more soap to your squeegee if it starts to make a squeaking sound.
- Wipe the window dry being sure to include all the corners as you don’t want any cleaning solution to run down and spoil lower windows.
I hope this tutorial helps you, just make sure you have the proper equipment and supplies and more importantly take your time. There is some practice needed to effectively use a squeegee but this is something you can learn quite easily with some time and patience.